Like the first two presidential debates, the third debate generated controversial and factually debatable claims from both candidates. Here are a couple of examples.
Barack Obama claimed that all of John McCain's campaign advertisements have been negative:
"And 100 percent, John, of your ads – 100 percent of them have been negative."
According to Factcheck.org, however, this was almost, but not quite, true for a period of only one week, and it is not true for the remainder of the campaign.
John McCain stated that " "We have to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much", a reference to U.S. spending on oil imports.
According to an Associated Press news story, however, "the United States spent $246 billion in 2007 for all imported crude oil, a majority of it coming from friendly nations including neighboring Canada and Mexico. [...] A majority of the refined products come from refineries in such friendly countries as the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom, Trinidad-Tobago and the Virgin Islands".
For other perspectives on the factual accuracy of statements made by both presidential candidates during the debates, see such sites as The Fact-Checker and PolitiFact.com.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat
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