U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who convincingly won re-election last month in Minnesota’s 6th District, is a contender in the “Biggest Lie of the Year” contest, conducted by the St. Petersburg Times’ Politifact blog.
Her alleged whopper:
“The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day.”
The other finalists:
- ObamaCare is a “government takeover” of health care. — Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.; the Republican Party of Florida; Lt. Gov.-elect Rebecca Kleefisch, R-Wis.; and others
- “Taliban Dan” Webster thinks wives should submit to their husbands. — Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.
- “The stimulus has not created one private sector job.” — Gov.-elect Rick Scott, R-Fla., and others
- “Ninety-four percent of small businesses will face higher taxes under the Democrats’ plan.” — Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and others
- “Phoenix is the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world.” — Rep. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others
- The ethics report “exonerates me.” — Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.
- Republicans want to dismantle or privatize Social Security. — Florida Democratic Party and others
The Politifact staff will name its winning choice later in the year, and also asks readers to weigh in which of eight statements they think should win the Readers’ Choice Award. Last year, they say, “Death Panels” won both awards.