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Fact Checker Archive: Candidate Watch

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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Palin and the Maybe Pipeline

The McCain-Palin campaign talks about the "$40 billion" Alaska natural gas pipeline as if it is a done deal--when it does not even have a price tag.

By Michael Dobbs  | October 29, 2008; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Candidate Watch, Economy  
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John McCain and the Middle Class

Barack Obama claims that the McCain tax plan will do nothing for "100 million American families." Where does he get his figures from?

By Michael Dobbs  | October 28, 2008; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  3 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Watch, Economy, Health  
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Obama's Redistribution 'Bombshell'

The McCain campaign is attempting to paint Barack Obama as a "Socialist" on the basis of a 2001 interview in which he spoke positively about "the redistribution of wealth." But the quotes have been somewhat garbled.

By Michael Dobbs  | October 27, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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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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McCain, Obama, Biden, and JFK, Michael Dobbs , October 23, 2008
Just a Four-Letter Word?, Michael Dobbs , October 22, 2008
Obama Scares Seniors, Michael Dobbs , October 21, 2008
Fighting for Joe the Plumber, Michael Dobbs , October 20, 2008
Obama Misleads on Colombia, Michael Dobbs , October 17, 2008
'Jobs, Baby, Jobs', Michael Dobbs , October 14, 2008
Four Pinocchios for Palin, Michael Dobbs , October 13, 2008
Did Obama "lie" about Ayers?, Michael Dobbs , October 10, 2008
Nashville Presidential Debate part II, Michael Dobbs , October 8, 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
Four Pinocchios for Biden's Tax Fabrication, Michael Dobbs , September 26, 2008
McCain 'Works the Refs', Michael Dobbs , September 24, 2008
Read my lips...No new coal plants!, Michael Dobbs , September 24, 2008
Obama misleads on Social Security, Michael Dobbs , September 22, 2008
McCain, Obama Mislead on Immigration, Michael Dobbs , September 19, 2008
Did Obama author the stimulus package?, Michael Dobbs , September 18, 2008
Taxing Promises, Washington Post editors , September 17, 2008
Palin for Energy Czar!, Michael Dobbs , September 16, 2008
Obama Confuses his Verb Tenses, Michael Dobbs , September 15, 2008
Weekend edition, 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
Convention Edition, Michael Dobbs , September 7, 2008
McCain on equal pay, Michael Dobbs , July 11, 2008
From GITMO to the Battlefield, Michael Dobbs , June 30, 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 vs Obama on taxes, Michael Dobbs , June 11, 2008
McCain forgets his own votes, Michael Dobbs , June 5, 2008
Barack Obama vs Lou Dobbs, Michael Dobbs , June 4, 2008
'The People Have Spoken', Michael Dobbs , June 2, 2008
McCain, the Surge, and 'verb tenses', Michael Dobbs , May 30, 2008
Obama and Auschwitz, Part II, Michael Dobbs , May 28, 2008
Where in the world is Auschwitz?, Michael Dobbs , May 27, 2008
McCain's Fantasy War on Earmarks, Michael Dobbs , May 23, 2008
Barack in Wonderland, Michael Dobbs , May 22, 2008
McCain, Obama, and Kissing Dictators, Michael Dobbs , May 21, 2008
Did he really say that?, Michael Dobbs , May 13, 2008
A Geppetto for Bill Clinton, Michael Dobbs , May 7, 2008
Gas Tax Wars, Michael Dobbs , May 6, 2008
Citizen McCain, Michael Dobbs , May 2, 2008
Guilt by Association, Michael Dobbs , May 1, 2008
A holiday from gas prices?, Michael Dobbs , April 29, 2008
Tracking the Fund-Raisers, Michael Dobbs , April 25, 2008
Is Clinton winning the 'popular vote'?, Michael Dobbs , April 24, 2008
Hillary's 'two percent' college loan, Michael Dobbs , April 23, 2008
Dr. Obama and Dr. McCain, Michael Dobbs , April 22, 2008
Paying for the Iraq War, Michael Dobbs , April 18, 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
Still no light at the end of the tunnel, Michael Dobbs , April 9, 2008
Suffragettes for Hillary, Michael Dobbs , April 8, 2008
Name, Rank, and Service Number, Michael Dobbs , April 3, 2008
McCain's '100-year war', Michael Dobbs , April 2, 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
McCain's Foreign Policy 'Gaffe', Michael Dobbs , March 20, 2008
What did he hear--and when did he hear it?, Michael Dobbs , March 19, 2008
Iraq Truth-Telling, Part II, Michael Dobbs , March 18, 2008
Hillary's Balkan Adventures, Michael Dobbs , March 17, 2008
Truth-telling on Iraq, Michael Dobbs , March 13, 2008
Taxing questions for Clinton, Michael Dobbs , March 7, 2008
Clinton stumbles on Ohio history, Michael Dobbs , March 5, 2008
'NAFTA-gate', Part II, Michael Dobbs , March 4, 2008
Obama parses his words, Michael Dobbs , March 3, 2008
Pinocchios for John McCain, Michael Dobbs , February 29, 2008
Readers Fact Check Dem Debate, Michael Dobbs , February 28, 2008
Feuding over NAFTA, Michael Dobbs , February 26, 2008
Top Ten Democratic Flip Flops, Michael Dobbs , February 25, 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
Who has the most delegates?, 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
Hillary vs Barack on Meeting Dictators, Michael Dobbs , February 4, 2008
Clinton and the Iraq Vote, Michael Dobbs , February 1, 2008
Mitt pumps gas, Michael Dobbs , January 30, 2008
McCain attacks Romney on Iraq, Michael Dobbs , January 28, 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
Clinton vs Obama on Iraq, Michael Dobbs , January 16, 2008
Mitt's Memory Lapse, Michael Dobbs , January 14, 2008
Huckabee's Cut-and-Paste Job, Michael Dobbs , January 12, 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
Off-base on NAFTA and "Hillary Care", Washington Post Editors , January 7, 2008
Obama and Iraq, Washington Post Editors , January 7, 2008
NH: One Day to Go, Michael Dobbs , January 6, 2008
Fact Checker Hits the Road, Washington Post Editors , January 4, 2008
Hillary the Underdog?, Michael Dobbs , January 4, 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
Pinocchios for Huckabee on Illegal Immigrants, Michael Dobbs , December 18, 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
Clinton vs Obama: The 'Fact Check' War, Michael Dobbs , December 6, 2007
'Bomb, Bomb, Bomb; Bomb, Bomb, Iran', Michael Dobbs , December 4, 2007
A 'Superhighway' to Nowhere, Michael Dobbs , December 3, 2007
No Sanctuary from Mitt and Rudy, Michael Dobbs , November 30, 2007
Rudy the Crime Buster, Michael Dobbs , November 29, 2007
Obama Tells a Fib, Michael Dobbs , November 28, 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
Clinton vs. Obama on Health Care, Michael Dobbs , November 19, 2007
Four Pinocchios for Ron Paul, Michael Dobbs , November 16, 2007
Mitt Warns Illegals: 'Get Off My Lawn', Michael Dobbs , November 15, 2007
Obama Blurs Definition of 'Combat Troops', Michael Dobbs , November 14, 2007
Richardson Misstates the Facts on Iraq, Michael Dobbs , November 13, 2007
Edwards vs. Clinton on Iraq, Michael Dobbs , November 12, 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
Is Hillary Responsible for the 'Library Lockdown'?, Michael Dobbs , November 1, 2007
One Up, One Down for John McCain, Michael Dobbs , October 31, 2007
Rudy Wrong On Cancer Survival Chances, Michael Dobbs , October 30, 2007
Fact Checking the Fact Checker, Michael Dobbs , October 29, 2007
Barbers for Dodd, Gorbie Endorses Rudy, Michael Dobbs , October 26, 2007
'Hillary Care' and 'Socialized Medicine', Michael Dobbs , October 24, 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
Young Black Males Headed for Extinction?, washingtonpost.com Editors , October 3, 2007
Is Edwards "the Most Electable"?, washingtonpost.com Editors , September 24, 2007
Romney and Abortion, washingtonpost.com Editors , September 21, 2007
Thompson's Wars, washingtonpost.com Editors , September 19, 2007
Sam Brownback and Gay Marriage, washingtonpost.com Editors , September 19, 2007
Mike Gravel: Americans Are Getting Dumber, Michael Dobbs , September 19, 2007
 
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