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In May right-wing activist Marc Morano said Republican candidates "can believe in the science of global warming ... if you keep your mouth shut about it and you advocate no quote-unquote solution to the problem." By contrast, the following statements show that in previous years, prominent Republicans spoke about both the robust body of evidence indicating that human activities are changing the climate and the need to address the problem. While the political discourse has since regressed, the scientific consensus has not.
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For the first time in weeks, the Sunday political shows didn't touch on GOP union-busting efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere, choosing instead to focus on national economic issues. That meant a series of tired talking points from familiar Republican faces. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implied Democrats have raised taxes, when in fact they've cut taxes by hundreds of billions. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ignored economic growth and 1.5 million new private sector jobs in the past year to attack President Obama's economic policies. Bachmann also misled NBC viewers about the Affordable Care Act and the partisan nature of the Tea Party. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed the administration has protected government workers at the expense of private sector jobs. On less familiar topics, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) dishonestly insisted American Muslims don't cooperate with law enforcement despite much evidence to the contrary, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) foolishly claimed that Apple electronics are manufactured in America. Somebody should tell that to the Chinese factory workers who built your iPhone.
February 02, 2011 3:30 pm ET filed under Blog
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At a Heritage Foundation event yesterday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) gave a speech decrying Democratic attempts to change the filibuster rules. The speech was shot through with falsehoods, such as the claim that Democrats are trying to eliminate minority rights in the Senate because they lost an election. In fact, the reform proposals preserve the filibuster, but require obstructionists to actually hold the floor continuously to prevent a bill's consideration. Similarly, Alexander claimed that Democrats have invented the simple majority vote for rules changes out of thin air, but the practice is based in the Constitution and was used as early as 1917 — and Republicans argued for the procedure in 2005. Later, Alexander disingenuously quoted the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd condemned GOP filibusters, but Alexander simply skipped that part of Byrd's speech. Most egregious among Alexander's falsehoods, he claimed that Democrats are "the real party of no," despite the fact that filibusters have doubled since Republicans lost control of the Senate.
December 08, 2010 11:17 am ET filed under Blog
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Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) took to the floor of the Senate to criticize congressional Democrats for their handling of the pending expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts. Hatch claimed that he and his Republican colleagues "want to do more" than Democrats by extending tax cuts to earners in the highest income brackets. Hatch argued that "the so-called millionaires tax hike" was nothing of the sort, but instead a tax hike on hardworking small business owners. In reality, as Hatch's Republican colleague Lamar Alexander (R-TN) noted a few days ago, these so-called "small business owners" include multi-million dollar Wall Street firms as well as wealthy non-employer tax filers.
December 02, 2010 3:33 pm ET filed under Fact Check
It's not every day that a senator manages to contradict himself with his own words in a matter of minutes. But on today's edition of The Daily Rundown, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) did just that, while simultaneously spreading misinformation about tax cuts and the deficit. In discussing the scheduled expiration of the Bush tax cuts, Alexander argued that since "the most important priority we have right now" is making it possible for businesses to create jobs, "we shouldn't be raising taxes in the middle of an economic downturn," including those for the rich. Moments later, however, Alexander seemed to pivot, instead claiming that "our biggest problem" is the ballooning deficit. Regardless of which issue Alexander actually thinks is most important, one thing is certain: extending tax cuts for the wealthy would increase the deficit while doing little to spur job growth.
December 02, 2010 10:12 am ET filed under Blog
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April 12, 2010 11:49 am ET filed under Fact Check
Sunday's political talk shows focused squarely on the newest opening on the Supreme Court, but guests also discussed the Nuclear Posture Review and its impact on foreign policy. Sen. Lamar Alexander appeared on Fox News Sunday to continue the Republican misrepresentation of President Obama's criteria for Supreme Court nominees, ignoring the fact that "empathy" has been seen in the past as a qualification for the high court by Republicans and Democrats alike. Later, Sen. Alexander claimed that last week's Nuclear Posture Review "takes away the ambiguity about our use of nuclear power" and implied it will prevent America from using nuclear weapons against Iran and North Korea. Neither statement is true. Finally, Rep. Michele Bachmann used her appearance on Fox News Sunday to repeat her misleading claim that the health care reform package passed last month is a "government takeover" of the medical and student loan industries.
March 15, 2010 10:28 am ET filed under Fact Check
On yesterday's political talk shows, Republican members of Congress repeated worn out obstructionist talking points about health care reform. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spread lies about the use of reconciliation and falsely equated it to the Republicans' attempt to change Senate rules in 2005. Flying in the face of the facts, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) falsely claimed the plan would cut Medicare benefits, raise premiums, and increase the deficit.
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March 01, 2010 9:18 am ET filed under Fact Check
On yesterday's political talk shows, Republican Senators Jon Kyl (AZ), John McCain (AZ), and Lamar Alexander (TN) along with Representatives Paul Ryan (WI), Marsha Blackburn (TN), and Eric Cantor (VA) repeated countless false talking points about Democratic health care reform proposals.
February 25, 2010 10:38 am ET filed under Fact Check
The GOP Summit "Away Team" will have a rocky landing at President Obama's bipartisan summit on health care reform. These 18 members of Congress have made no secret of their staunch opposition to health care reform - no matter how much their constituents support it or how it would benefit their districts.
December 01, 2009 11:52 am ET filed under Fact Check
During Senate debate this morning, several Republican Senators took to the floor to encourage passage of the McCain amendment and to discuss their wrong interpretation of Medicare funding in the Democrats' health care reform legislation. What is most interesting about this morning's debate is that these senators who falsely accused Democrats of cutting Medicare have themselves cut Medicare by $1.31 trillion during their collective tenure in Congress.
November 21, 2009 5:41 pm ET filed under Video
October 19, 2009 12:51 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On October 16, 2009, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) falsely claimed clean energy jobs legislation would raise prices and send jobs overseas. In reality, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.
September 17, 2009 3:30 pm ET filed under Blog