Political briefs box with Number to Know, Fact Check and Quotes from the Candidates.
Number to Know
8: Number of presidents who have died in office (natural deaths and assassinations). They are William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
Fact Check: Obama and 9/11
An upstart group calling itself the "National Republican Trust PAC" mixes a pile of false claims and the image of 9/11 mastermind Mohammed Atta to create one of the sleaziest false TV ads of the campaign.
- The spot falsely claims Barack Obama has a "plan" to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. In fact, Obama has said quite specifically, "I am not proposing that that's what we do."
- The ad implies such licenses would enable terrorist attacks. In fact, Atta wouldn't have needed one to carry out his attacks.
- It claims that Obama's health care plan will apply to illegal immigrants. But Obama has stated quite clearly that his plan "does not" cover illegal immigrants.
- The ad falsely claims that Obama's plan "gives illegals Social Security benefits," which is also flatly untrue.
Quotes from the Candidates
“Senator Obama is running to be redistributionist in chief. I’m running to be commander in chief.” – What Sen. John McCain said Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
“John McCain’s ridden shotgun as George Bush’s driven this economy towards a cliff, and now he wants to take the wheel and step on the gas.” – What Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
GateHouse News Service