Fact check: Obama on his tax rates

October 25, 2008
Fact check: Would Obama’s tax rates be less than Reagan’s?
Posted: 08:00 PM ET

The Statement: Speaking at a campaign event Saturday, Oct. 25, in Reno, Nevada, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama described elements of his tax plan and said, “Under my plan tax rates will actually be less than they were under Ronald Reagan.” He made the same statement earlier in the week at campaign events in Richmond, Virginia, and Miami and Tampa, Florida.

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October 24, 2008
Fact Check: Obama’s plan offers ‘no help’ for the unemployed?
Posted: 05:55 PM ET

What are the facts?

What are the facts?

The Statement

At a campaign speech Friday, October 24, in Denver, Colorado, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain criticized Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama for how his policies would impact the jobless. “Just yesterday, we received news that jobless claims increased by 15,000,” McCain said. “Yet, just this week, Senator Obama announced that his plan would have a work requirement, meaning that those unemployed receive no help under the Obama plan … .”

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Fact Check: Does McCain offer ‘more tax cuts for jobs outsourcing?’
Posted: 04:41 PM ET

Does McCain offer 'more tax cuts for job outsourcing?'.

Does McCain offer ‘more tax cuts for job outsourcing?’.

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The Statement

At a campaign stop Thursday, October 23, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sen. Barack Obama said Sen. John McCain had “made kind of a strange argument that the best way to stop companies from shipping jobs overseas is to give more tax cuts to companies that are shipping jobs overseas. More tax cuts for jobs outsourcing, that’s what Senator McCain proposed as his answer to outsourcing. He said that’s, quote, ’simple, fundamental economics.’”

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Fact Check: Did Albright agree Obama would ‘invite’ an international crisis?
Posted: 04:25 PM ET

The Statement

Speaking on Fox News’s “Hannity & Colmes,” Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin expanded a GOP attack that Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate said his presidency would invite international trouble. “And it wasn’t just Biden making that comment,” Palin said. “That was confirmed by former Secretary Madeleine Albright, where she said yes, she believes that Biden was just stating fact. Now, I don’t want a president who invites that kind of testing.”

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Fact Check: Does McCain offer ‘more tax cuts for jobs outsourcing?’
Posted: 02:00 PM ET

 Will McCain offer tax cuts for outsourcing?

Will McCain offer tax cuts for outsourcing?

The Statement

At a campaign stop Thursday, October 23, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sen. Barack Obama said Sen. John McCain had “made kind of a strange argument that the best way to stop companies from shipping jobs overseas is to give more tax cuts to companies that are shipping jobs overseas. More tax cuts for jobs outsourcing, that’s what Senator McCain proposed as his answer to outsourcing. He said that’s, quote, ’simple, fundamental economics.’”

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October 23, 2008
Fact Check: Did Obama change his tax plan just days before the election?
Posted: 04:35 PM ET

Did Obama change his tax plan just before the election? .

Did Obama change his tax plan just before the election? .

The Statement

Speaking at a campaign event Wednesday, October 22, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain criticized the tax plan of his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama. “And by the way, this week we learned that Senator Obama is concerned that his plan is seen as welfare so he just added a work requirement,” McCain said. “Thirteen days to go in the election and he changed his tax plan … .”

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Fact Check: Is Bush now supporting Obama’s troop withdrawal plan in Iraq?
Posted: 01:20 PM ET

Sen. Biden said Bush is now supporting Obama's troop withdrawal plan.

Sen. Biden said Bush is now supporting Obama’s troop withdrawal plan.

The Statement

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, speaking at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday, October 22, said, “finally after six years, George Bush is now backing the plan that Barack Obama suggested, which is to set a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq and turn over responsibility to the Iraqis. That’s the agreement we’re negotiating now.”

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Fact Check: Does Obama oppose mandatory prison sentences for violent criminals and drug dealers?
Posted: 12:30 PM ET

The Statement

In a new automated telephone call being sent out by the Republican National Committee in battleground states, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican and former presidential candidate, says, “I’m calling for John McCain and the Republican National Committee, because you need to know that Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers. It’s true, I read Obama’s words myself.”

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October 22, 2008
Fact Check: Did Obama only serve 300 days in the Senate before he became a candidate?
Posted: 03:30 PM ET

Did obama only spend 300 days in the Senate before becoming a presidential candidate?.

Did obama only spend 300 days in the Senate before becoming a presidential candidate?.

The Statement :

GOP vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, in an interview on CNN’s “Situation Room” on Tuesday, October 21, questioned Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s experience, saying he “served for his 300 days before he became a presidential candidate.”

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Fact Check: Did Obama propose a stimulus plan last year that McCain’s staff called ’junk’?
Posted: 03:11 PM ET

Sen. Obama said he's supported plans to improve the economy McCain was against.

Sen. Obama said he’s supported plans to improve the economy McCain was against.

The Statement :

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, speaking at a campaign event Tuesday, October 21, in Miami, Florida, said he’s supported plans to improve the economy that Republican opponent Sen. John McCain was against. “Nine months ago — back in January — I called for a stimulus plan to provide immediate relief for states, along with tax rebates to get money directly to middle class families and a foreclosure-prevention fund to help people keep their homes. Senator McCain, on the other hand, insisted that the fundamentals of the economy were strong. His advisors openly mocked the stimulus plan before Congress — one referred to it, and I quote, as ‘borrowing money from the Chinese and dropping it from helicopters.’ Another dismissed it as ‘junk.’ ”

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October 21, 2008
Fact check: Would Obama hike taxes on small businesses that employ 16 million?
Posted: 06:12 PM ET

Was Sen. McCain right about Sen. Obama and taxes? Get the facts!

Was Sen. McCain right about Sen. Obama and taxes? Get the facts!

The Statement: Speaking during a campaign stop Monday, Oct. 20 in Belton, Missouri, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain criticized Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama’s proposals on taxes. “The Obama tax increase would come at the worst possible time for America, and especially for small businesses like the one Joe dreams of owning,” McCain said. “The small businesses Senator Obama would tax provide 16 million jobs in America.”

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Fact check: Was McCain once against Bush tax cuts?
Posted: 05:54 PM ET

Was Sen. Obama about Sen. McCain's positions on the Bush tax cuts? Get the facts!

Was Sen. Obama about Sen. McCain’s positions on the Bush tax cuts? Get the facts!

The Statement: In a campaign stop Monday, October 20, in Tampa, Florida, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama criticized Republican opponent Sen. John McCain for comments he’s made about taxes. “It’s true that I want to roll back the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans and go back to the rate they paid under Bill Clinton. John McCain calls that socialism. What he forgets is that just a few years ago, he himself said those Bush tax cuts were irresponsible. He said he couldn’t ‘in good conscience’ support a tax cut where the benefits went to the wealthy at the expense of ‘middle-class Americans who most need tax relief.’ ”

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Fact Check: Did Obama urge Georgia to ’show restraint’ after Russian invasion?
Posted: 02:25 PM ET

Did Obama urge Georgia to 'show restraint after Russian invasion?.

Did Obama urge Georgia to ’show restraint after Russian invasion?.

The Statement

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, speaking at a rally on October 21 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, criticized Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign policy judgment. “We’ve seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign. … When Russia invaded Georgia, Sen. Obama said the invaded country should show restraint.”

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Fact Check: Did Palin denounce McCain’s campaign tactics?
Posted: 12:33 PM ET

Did Gov. Palin denounce McCain's campaign tactics?.

Did Gov. Palin denounce McCain’s campaign tactics?.

The Statement

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, speaking at a rally on Monday, October 20, in Tampa, Florida, about negative campaign tactics, said, “It’s getting so bad that even Senator McCain’s running mate denounced his tactics last night.”

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Fact Check: Did McCain cast 19 votes against raising the minimum wage?
Posted: 08:50 AM ET


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Was Sen. Biden accurate about Sen. McCain’s record on the minimum wage? Watch Alina Cho and get the facts!

The Statement

At a rally on Sunday, October 19, in Tacoma, Washington, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden told a crowd, “John McCain voted 19 times against raising the minimum wage …19 times!”

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