Fact Check on Debate Number 3

I thought the debate was pretty good last night.  There was definitely some thought-provoking things said but also some misleading things said.  So, here is the fact check for last nights debates brought to you by FactCheck.org. 

Sorting out fact and fiction in the presidential candidates' final debate.
Spin and hype were apparent, once again, at the third and final debate between McCain and Obama:

  • McCain claimed the liberal
    group ACORN “is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the
    greatest frauds in voter history ...
    maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.”
    In fact, a Republican prosecutor said of the first and biggest ACORN
    fraud case: “[T]his scheme was not intended to permit illegal voting.”
    He said $8-an-hour workers turned in made-up voter registration forms
    rather than doing what ACORN paid them to do.

  • McCain said “Joe the plumber”
    faced “much higher taxes” under Obama’s tax plan and would pay a fine
    under Obama’s health care plan if he failed to provide coverage for his
    workers. But Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher would pay higher taxes only
    if the business he says he wants to buy puts his income over $200,000 a
    year, and his small business would be exempt from Obama’s requirement
    to provide coverage for workers.

  • Obama repeated a dubious claim
    that his health care plan will cut the average family’s premiums by
    $2,500 a year. Experts have found that figure to be overly optimistic.

  • McCain claimed that Obama’s
    real “object” is a government-run, single-payer health insurance system
    like those in Canada or England. The McCain campaign points to a quote
    from five years ago, when Obama told a labor gathering that he was “a
    proponent of a single-payer health care program.” But Obama has since
    qualified his enthusiasm for Canadian-style health care, and his
    current proposal is nothing like that.

  • Obama incorrectly claimed all
    of McCain’s ads had been “negative.” That was true for one recent week,
    but not over the entire campaign. And at times Obama has run a higher
    percentage of attack ads than McCain.

  • McCain
    described Colombia as the "largest agricultural importer of our
    products." Actually, Canada imports the most U.S. farm products, and
    Colombia is far down the list.

  • Obama strained to portray
    himself as willing to break ranks with fellow Democrats. His prime
    example was his vote for a bill that was supported by 18 Democrats and
    opposed by 26. Congressional Quarterly rates him as voting with his
    party 97 percent of the time since becoming a U.S. senator.

For details on these and other misleading claims, please read on to the Analysis section.