The debate reviews are in! Bachmann still lying!

Recently, Michele Bachmann debated Tarryl Clark and Bob Anderson. Among the things they discussed was the recent financial reform bill, which Bachmann of course opposed. Clark took Bachmann to task for opposing this, since it was intended to prevent future bailouts that Bachmann claims to oppose. Bachmann countered that she opposed it because it created “permanent bailouts.” The St. Cloud Times takes the trouble to fact-check this:

Other leading Republicans have made the “permanent bailout” claim. They’re talking about a provision of financial reform that allows the FDIC to step in and dismantle failing financial firms deemed a threat to the nation’s economy. 

But independent fact-checking groups have disputed the accuracy of the “permanent bailout” term., a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, called the claim “misleading.”

And PolitiFact, a fact-checking project of the St. Petersburg Times, debunked such a claim from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. PolitiFact explained that this provision helps ensure taxpayers won’t pay to bail out financial firms in the future.

So it actually does the opposite of what Bachmann said.

Via MinnPost, we also learn that the AP fact-checked a claim Bachmann made about the stimulus bill. Recall that in our last post, we learned that Bachmann has been badmouthing the stimulus bill while attempting to get some of it for her district. The MinnPost/AP quote says she’s still badmouthing it, apparently without irony but also in a way that is intentionally misleading.

“Bachmann said the stimulus was an ‘abject failure’ that included money for highway signs proclaiming stimulus road projects and $71,000 to study monkeys on cocaine. Conservatives have seized on the cocaine research grant to paint the stimulus as wasteful and frivolous. The grant went to Wake Forest University in North Carolina from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for research on drug addiction.” That kind of context reporting isn’t so tough, is it? 


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