When Jimmy Carter was running for president he made the statement that he’d never tell us a lie. I always wanted to believe that Jimmy remained true to his promise but hell, he is a politician so I wouldn’t drop dead if I was to learn he worked one in on occasion.
But let’s use President Carter as the reference and assume that what he told us was mostly true. How would today’s GOP candidates and President Obama compare? Well, PolitiFact.com has done the fact checking and released a score card for our consideration. Their scale rates statements made as being True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False, or Pants on Fire.
Using their scoring system they found those having the longest noses to be Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Michelle Bachmann. The longer the surname the longer the probiscus. 59% of Bachmann’s statements were rated at False or Pants on Fire.
On the short end of the stick is President Obama and Ron Paul. Statements made by either were rated as Half-True or better. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman didn’t do quite as well with Romney edging Huntsman out in the True v. Mostly True segments.
As always, it is up to the individual to reach their own conclusions. But instead of having to rely on hearsay, rumors, or the offerings of ideological zealots, I find it comforting to have an alternate means of making judgments. I also think it is good that the candidate themselves have something they can turn to and see how they stand up to the two shining examples of honesty in American politics, Honest Abe and Honest Jimmy.
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