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Fact Checker Archive: Candidate Record

Greatest Hits of the 2008 campaign

The original Fact Checker ended on the last day of the 2008 election campaign. These are a few of his favorite bloopers and howlers from the long, winding campaign trail.

By Michael Dobbs  | November 3, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  4 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch  
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John McCain's 'Trick or Treat'?

The McCain camp has come up with a new villain to scare away votes from Barack Obama on the eve of Halloween: a professor of Middle East studies at Columbia University. Boo!

By Michael Dobbs  | October 30, 2008; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch  
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Is Obama Guilty of 'Infanticide'?

Sarah Palin has accused Barack Obama of wanting to withhold medical treatment from children born alive as the result of bungled abortions. Obama says pro-lifers have "lied" about his record. The Fact Checker adjudicates.

By Michael Dobbs  | October 24, 2008; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, Health, Social Issues  
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Just a Four-Letter Word?

John McCain has twisted the meaning of Obama quotes by the addition of a seemingly innocuous, four-letter word. The Illinois senator never said that William Ayers was "just" a guy in his neighborhood.

By Michael Dobbs  | October 22, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  3 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch  
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Final Presidential Debate Fact Check

Join the Fact Checker and Friends for live truth squadding of the final presidential debate from Hofstra University.

By Michael Dobbs  | October 15, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (321)
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'Jobs, Baby, Jobs'

The Obama and McCain campaigns have provided widely different estimates about the cost of a new Obama job creation plan. The Fact Checker adjudicates.

By Michael Dobbs  | October 14, 2008; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, Economy  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Four Pinocchios for Palin, Michael Dobbs , October 13, 2008
Did Obama "lie" about Ayers?, Michael Dobbs , October 10, 2008
Second Presidential Debate: Nashville, Michael Dobbs , October 7, 2008
McCain fudges his Navy record, Michael Dobbs , October 6, 2008
VP Debate Part II, Michael Dobbs , October 3, 2008
Palin twists the facts on Darfur, Michael Dobbs , October 3, 2008
The Art of Meaningless Spin, Michael Dobbs , September 29, 2008
McCain 'Works the Refs', Michael Dobbs , September 24, 2008
NRA Misfires against Obama, Michael Dobbs , September 23, 2008
Obama's Fannie Mae 'Connection', Michael Dobbs , September 19, 2008
Did Obama author the stimulus package?, Michael Dobbs , September 18, 2008
Palin for Energy Czar!, Michael Dobbs , September 16, 2008
Weekend edition, Michael Dobbs , September 12, 2008
Spreading dirt on Palin--and Obama, Michael Dobbs , September 12, 2008
Sarah Palin's 'Worst Nightmare'?, Michael Dobbs , September 11, 2008
Sarah Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere, Michael Dobbs , September 9, 2008
McCain on equal pay, Michael Dobbs , July 11, 2008
Obama Reneges on Public Financing, Michael Dobbs , June 20, 2008
The great flag pin debate, Michael Dobbs , June 17, 2008
Was Obama ever a Muslim?, Michael Dobbs , June 13, 2008
McCain forgets his own votes, Michael Dobbs , June 5, 2008
'The People Have Spoken', Michael Dobbs , June 2, 2008
A Geppetto for Bill Clinton, Michael Dobbs , May 7, 2008
Citizen McCain, Michael Dobbs , May 2, 2008
Guilt by Association, Michael Dobbs , May 1, 2008
Is Clinton winning the 'popular vote'?, Michael Dobbs , April 24, 2008
Obama's Rezko Connection, Michael Dobbs , April 16, 2008
Cindy's Recipegate, Michael Dobbs , April 15, 2008
Bill Shoots from the Hip, Michael Dobbs , April 11, 2008
The Pot and the Kettle, Michael Dobbs , April 11, 2008
Name, Rank, and Service Number, Michael Dobbs , April 3, 2008
Professor Obama?, Michael Dobbs , April 1, 2008
Obama's 'Camelot connection', Michael Dobbs , March 31, 2008
Don't Forget Pat Nixon!, Michael Dobbs , March 27, 2008
Clinton Corrects the Record, Michael Dobbs , March 26, 2008
More Incoming Fire For Clinton, Michael Dobbs , March 24, 2008
Hillary's Balkan Adventures, Part II, Michael Dobbs , March 21, 2008
What did he hear--and when did he hear it?, Michael Dobbs , March 19, 2008
Hillary's Balkan Adventures, Michael Dobbs , March 17, 2008
Taxing questions for Clinton, Michael Dobbs , March 7, 2008
'NAFTA-gate', Part II, Michael Dobbs , March 4, 2008
Pinocchios for John McCain, Michael Dobbs , February 29, 2008
Readers Fact Check Dem Debate, Michael Dobbs , February 28, 2008
Democratic Debate Feb. 26, 2008, Michael Dobbs , February 26, 2008
Obama vs Clinton, Michael Dobbs , February 21, 2008
Bombs Away!, Michael Dobbs , February 21, 2008
The Obama 'pledge', Michael Dobbs , February 20, 2008
Obama's 'Weatherman' Connection, Michael Dobbs , February 19, 2008
Obama's 'backroom deal'?, Michael Dobbs , February 14, 2008
Measuring the "Obama effect", Michael Dobbs , February 13, 2008
John McClinton?, Michael Dobbs , February 7, 2008
Obama's voting record on abortion, Michael Dobbs , February 6, 2008
Who is the Champion Flip-flopper?, Michael Dobbs , February 5, 2008
Democratic Debate, Jan. 31, 2008, Michael Dobbs , January 31, 2008
Partial Quote Alert!, Michael Dobbs , January 29, 2008
The GOP debate in Florida, Michael Dobbs , January 25, 2008
Obama and Health Care, Michael Dobbs , January 24, 2008
Clinton vs Obama on CNN, Michael Dobbs , January 23, 2008
Bill the Attack Dog, Michael Dobbs , January 22, 2008
Barack Obama's 'neighborhood', Michael Dobbs , January 18, 2008
Record job growth under Huckabee?, Michael Dobbs , January 17, 2008
Mitt's Memory Lapse, Michael Dobbs , January 14, 2008
GOP Debate Myrtle beach, Michael Dobbs , January 10, 2008
Clinton and Northern Ireland, Michael Dobbs , January 10, 2008
Lobbyists for Mitt, Michael Dobbs , January 9, 2008
Poetry versus Prose, Michael Dobbs , January 8, 2008
Edwards and 'special interests', Michael Dobbs , January 3, 2008
Huckabee's record on taxes, Michael Dobbs , January 2, 2008
Hillary and Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Dobbs , December 31, 2007
The 2007 Pinocchio Awards, Michael Dobbs , December 31, 2007
Obama vs Clinton on Foreign Policy, Michael Dobbs , December 27, 2007
The Fibs of 2007, Michael Dobbs , December 24, 2007
Four Pinocchios for Romney on MLK, Michael Dobbs , December 23, 2007
Marching with King, Michael Dobbs , December 22, 2007
Hillary Bakes Some Stats, Michael Dobbs , December 21, 2007
Romney's 'Flip, Flop, Flip', Michael Dobbs , December 20, 2007
True But False, Michael Dobbs , December 19, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: Rudy Giuliani, Michael Dobbs , December 16, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: Mike Huckabee, Michael Dobbs , December 15, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: Barack Obama, Michael Dobbs , December 14, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: John McCain, Michael Dobbs , December 13, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: Fred Thompson, Michael Dobbs , December 12, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: John Edwards, Michael Dobbs , December 11, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: Mitt Romney, Michael Dobbs , December 10, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: Hillary Clinton, Michael Dobbs , December 9, 2007
No Sanctuary from Mitt and Rudy, Michael Dobbs , November 30, 2007
Rudy the Crime Buster, Michael Dobbs , November 29, 2007
Pinocchios for Mitt and Rudy, Michael Dobbs , November 27, 2007
Grace and Candor Under Pressure, Michael Dobbs , November 26, 2007
Who is More 'Pro-Life': Fred or Mike?, Michael Dobbs , November 20, 2007
Mitt Warns Illegals: 'Get Off My Lawn', Michael Dobbs , November 15, 2007
Richardson: 'I Am the Greenest of Them All', Michael Dobbs , November 9, 2007
Ron Paul Faces $1.1 Trillion Budget Shortfall, Michael Dobbs , November 8, 2007
Four Pinocchios for Recidivist Rudy, Michael Dobbs , November 7, 2007
Aliens Support Clinton, Richardson, Michael Dobbs , November 6, 2007
Biden Talks Tough to Brezhnev?, Michael Dobbs , November 5, 2007
Obama Nabbed by the Patriot Police, Michael Dobbs , November 2, 2007
Is Hillary Responsible for the 'Library Lockdown'?, Michael Dobbs , November 1, 2007
One Up, One Down for John McCain, Michael Dobbs , October 31, 2007
Fact Checking the Fact Checker, Michael Dobbs , October 29, 2007
Barbers for Dodd, Gorbie Endorses Rudy, Michael Dobbs , October 26, 2007
Rudy: 'I Am NOT Hillary', Michael Dobbs , October 23, 2007
Obama, Edwards, and the Lobbying Industry, Michael Dobbs , October 22, 2007
The Mitt and Rudy Show, Part II, Michael Dobbs , October 15, 2007
Rudy's 'Spontaneous' Cell Phone 'Stunt', Michael Dobbs , October 8, 2007
Giuliani's "Twists and Turns" on Guns, Michael Dobbs , October 5, 2007
Is Edwards "the Most Electable"?, washingtonpost.com Editors , September 24, 2007
 
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