Political briefs box with Number to Know, Fact Check and Quotes from the Candidates.
Number to Know
1: Number of presidents who were never married. James Buchanan (president from 1857 to 1861) had his niece serve as the “first lady.”
Fact Check: McCain and health care
Two labor unions are running ads falsely characterizing John McCain's health care plan.
- A United Auto Workers spot features a woman who claims she'd pay up to $2,800 more in taxes. That's a bogus figure, based on a false assumption about what McCain is actually proposing. She and families like hers would actually come out money ahead.
- A Service Employees International Union ad claims McCain's plan would "deny coverage for preexisting conditions like cancer." That's not true. Although McCain's plan would not require coverage, it doesn't deny it. Some experts have said one aspect of McCain's plan could lead insurance companies to avoid state regulations that offer coverage protections, but McCain says he'll expand high-risk pools to cover those with expensive care.
Quotes from the Candidates
"Look, there's racism in America -- we all know that. But I am totally convinced that 99 and forty-four-one-hundredths percent of Americans are going to make the decision based on who is best to lead this country." – What Sen. John McCain said Wednesday night on “Larry King Live.”
“America, the time for change has come. In six days, we can choose hope over fear and unity over division, the promise of change over the power of the status quo.” – What Sen. Barack Obama said at the end of his 30-minute commercial that was broadcast Wednesday night.
GateHouse News Service