November 08, 2010 11:19 am ET filed under Fact Check
The Sunday shows were crowded with naked falsehoods yesterday. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed on Fox News that President Obama "has killed jobs" despite the fact that a resurgent private sector has added 1.1 million jobs so far this year. On CBS, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that 750,000 small businesses pay income taxes in the top two brackets, but that number only works if you include massive corporations like Bechtel and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which play accounting games to avoid corporate tax rates, in your definition of "small businesses." Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) absurdly claimed on NBC that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) entitlement-slashing debt reduction plan requires more sacrifice from bureaucrats than from average Americans. Worst of all, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) claimed on ABC that tax cuts for the wealthy are good for the economy and don't increase the deficit. In the real world, of course, Pence is wrong on both counts.
October 14, 2010 6:47 pm ET filed under Fact Check
The Republicans' real agenda can be found in the positions of their candidates. Republican candidates for federal and statewide office have publicly taken all of the positions listed below. Herein lies the real Republican pledge to America.
September 30, 2010 1:31 pm ET filed under Blog
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July 06, 2010 9:19 am ET filed under Fact Check
The Sunday political talk shows were mostly quiet on Independence Day, with one glaring exception. South Carolina Republican and Tea Party Senator Jim DeMint offered an incendiary response to President Obama's speech on immigration reform. On Fox News Sunday, DeMint told guest host Major Garrett that Obama is lying to the American people, and really wants to give no-strings amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in an insidious plot to grow Democratic voter and union membership rolls. DeMint also suggested that Obama has refused to secure the border. In fact, the president has increased funding for real border enforcement, stopped throwing money into the failed electronic fence program, and charted a course to real, fair and sensible reform for our broken immigration system.
March 29, 2010 9:56 am ET filed under Fact Check
On yesterday's political talk shows, Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Michele Bachmann used their respective appearances on Face the Nation not only to continue spreading misinformation about health care reform but to also distance themselves from recent violence from the Tea Party movement.
February 18, 2010 2:51 pm ET filed under Blog
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Sen. DeMint voted for at least two bills that Republicans passed using the reconciliation process, which he calls "parliamentary dirty tricks."
August 21, 2009 9:28 am ET filed under Blog
Sen. DeMint Opposes Government Involvement In People's Lives, But Supports Federal Marriage Amendment
Ironically, the health insurance reform opponent's website explains that he supports a ban on same-sex marriage to ensure that kids are raised in the "healthiest" environments.
August 17, 2009 4:43 pm ET filed under Fact Check
In an August 17, 2009 appearance on Fox News, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told host Neil Cavuto that "any Republican senator that helps them pass something with a government stamp on it the way they're talking about is, I think, just betraying the American people." However, the majority of American people support government involvement in health care.
July 22, 2009 4:31 pm ET filed under Blog
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) had some harsh words for his Republican colleague.
June 22, 2009 5:50 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On June 22, 2009, Grover Norquist (on behalf of Americans for Tax Reform) penned a letter to Sen. Jim DeMint singing the praises of the Health Care Freedom Act. Evidently, Norquist and ATR are unconcerned that their proposal fails to adequately address any of the critical health care issues currently at hand.
June 10, 2009 4:20 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On June 10, 2009, Senator Jim DeMint tweeted a Luntz talking point.
May 15, 2009 1:12 pm ET filed under Blog
Sen. DeMint's opposition to a public option shouldn't come as a surprise.
May 13, 2009 4:58 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On May 12, 2009, Sen. Jim DeMint released a statement accusing Democrats of ignoring the issue of Social Security's long-term solvency. Yet when Republicans had the chance to ensure Social Security's solvency for 75 years, they chose tax cuts over ensuring retirement security for American seniors.
May 08, 2009 6:37 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On May 8, 2009, Sen. Jim DeMint wrote a post suggesting that the Employee Free Choice Act should be called the "Employee Intimidation Act." However, under current law, employers are the ones doing the intimidating.
May 01, 2009 10:27 am ET filed under Fact Check
In 2005, many Republican Senators went so far as to claim the filibuster of judicial nominees was unconstitutional. Now four years later, with President Obama's first Supreme Court appointment looming, will they remain consistent in their position or commit one of the most blatant acts of hypocrisy in the 220-year history of the United States Senate?
April 29, 2009 1:09 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On April 28, 2009 Sen. Jim DeMint said former Congressman Pat Toomey "is one of the most mainstream Americans I know." A quick glance at Toomey's right-wing record begs the question: Exactly how many Americans does Jim DeMint actually know?
April 21, 2009 7:05 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On April 21, 2009, Senator Jim DeMint took to the Senate floor to claim that he, unlike the rest of Washington, knew what Americans wanted. In order to back up his not-so-humble assertion, DeMint listed a wide range of issues with which "Americans disagree with Washington." On bizarre claim after bizarre claim, Senator DeMint was wrong. Here are the facts: