Political briefs box with Number to Know, Fact Check and Quotes from the Candidates.
Number to Know
5-4: Height of James Madison, the shortest president in U.S. history. John McCain is 5 feet 6 inches.
Fact Check: ACORN
The McCain-Palin campaign accuses ACORN, a community activist group that operates nationwide, of perpetrating "massive voter fraud." It says Obama has “long and deep” ties to the group. We find both claims to be exaggerated. But we also find Obama has understated the extent of his work with the group.
- Neither ACORN nor its employees have been found guilty of, or even charged with, casting fraudulent votes. What a McCain-Palin Web ad calls "voter fraud" is actually voter registration fraud. Several ACORN canvassers have been found guilty of faking registration forms and others are being investigated. But the evidence that has surfaced so far shows they faked forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot boxes.
- Obama’s path has intersected with ACORN on several occasions – more often than he allowed in the final debate.
Quotes from the Candidates
“We both disagree with President Bush on economic policy. The difference is that he thinks taxes have been too low, and I think that spending has been too high. … This election comes down to how you want your hard-earned money spent.” – What Sen. John McCain said Monday while campaigning in Ohio.
“In one week, we can choose hope over fear, and unity over division, the promise of change over the power of the status quo. In one week, we can come together as one nation, and one people, and once more choose our better history.” – What Sen. Barack Obama said Monday while campaigning in Ohio.
GateHouse News Service