When Michele Bachmann said in last night’s presidential debate, “After the debates that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything that I said was true,” you just had to know PolitiFact would want to weigh in.
That’s exactly what they did: turns out, Bachmann was flat-out wrong.
During an exchange with Newt Gingrich over his past work at the government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac, Bachmann insisted that she was right in asserting Gingrich had worked to lobby lawmakers on Freddie Mac’s behalf. Gingrich said she had her facts wrong, and Bachmann responded by heralding PolitiFact’s endorsement.
Here’s the thing: PolitiFact didn’t judge the truthfulness of her Freddie Mac comments last week, and on the two assertions they did test, they gave her a “Mostly True” and a “Pants on Fire,” the worst possible rating on the site.
PolitiFact sets the record straight this morning:
“During the Sioux City debate, Bachmann said that “after the debate that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true.” That’s simply not the case. We rated two statements by Bachmann from that debate and ruled one of them Mostly True and the other one Pants on Fire. So for claiming she had a perfect record, she earns another Pants on Fire.”
Bachmann would be wise to avoid directing anyone to her PolitiFact file — of the 52 Bachmann claims they’ve tested, 31 have been ruled False or Pants on Fire.
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