Sometimes it's good for us to keep our platforms and parties in check. While I don't feel allegiance to either major party, I do sometimes get attached to certain people in politics. And that can impede my judgment more than I'd like to admit.

Fortunately, organizations like and exist to help with this very thing.

And if you're wondering, yes, this is a two part series -- the next one being called 10 Glaring Lies Republicans Have Told.

  • 1

    If you like your health care [plan], you can keep it.

    No shortage of news coverage on this one. Politifact found 37 times where Obama made a variation of that pledge. This received Politifact's worst rating of "Pants on Fire."

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  • 2

    When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft.

    People get nervous on TV, granted. But the truth still stands, when VP Joe Biden said this on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, it wasn't true. Politifact consulted Dr. Tony Overfelt of Auburn University to confirm what probably strikes many of us as common sense. Overfelt quickly debunked it.

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  • 3

    President Clinton launched an airstrike after a House vote in 1999.

    Ruh-roh. Not true. Clinton launched this particular airstrike before the House voted.

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  • 4

    Congress already has cut $2.6 trillion from projected future deficits from non-defense programs alone.

    Senator Harry Reid made this claim not once, but twice, in 2013. It wasn't true either time.

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  • 5

    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is transparent.


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  • 6

    There's a very identifiable Somali community in Delaware.

    When he's not awkwardly massaging various females' shoulders against their wills on camera, he's probably awkwardly massaging various females' shoulders against their wills off camera, but that's another story. The Census Bureau estimates there are some 15 Somalis in the ENTIRE state of Delaware.

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  • 7

    Misplaced blame.

    Senator Harry Reid accused the Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group, for promoting a story about a woman who saw a $700/mo increase in her insurance premiums. Except, the AFP... well... didn't. In any of its ads. It was actually said by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) at Pres. Obama's SOTU address.

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  • 8

    Wrong figures.

    Pelosi released a chart saying Obama had only increased public debt by 16%, whereas Bush increased it by 115%.

    Politifact found the figures to be 34% for Obama, and 86% for Bush.

    There were a number of other problems in Pelosi's chart which Politifact lists out.

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  • 9

    Mitt Romney plans to fire Big Bird.

    Okay, it came from a TV ad... kinda hard to take these too seriously, but still. Just isn't true.

    During the October 3 presidential debate at the University of Denver, Romney actually said in reference to funding for PBS, "I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. …  I like PBS, I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."

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  • 10

    Rudy Giuliani is probably the most underqualified man since George Bush to run for president.

    Biden made this statement at a 2007 democratic debate. Politifact points out that Historian Sean Wilentz, a princeton history professor who has been very critical of the Bush administration, disagrees with the statement.

    Fellow democrat John Edwards had only six years in congress, as opposed to Giuliani's two terms as mayor of New York City, plus a lengthy legal background including six years as U.S. Attorney, among many other qualifications.

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