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FactCheck: Presidental Race Exaggerations

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    FactCheck.org takes a look at Obama's energy claims and Romney's economic plan. (Published Friday, Sep 21, 2012)

    This report is based on work by our partners at FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan project of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center.


    It's a double dose of exaggerations in the presidential race -- President Barack Obama's claims about energy and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's lack of specifics on economics.

    Romney talked about "five different economic studies" on NBC's "Meet The Press" that he says prove the revenue-neutral tax plan he and running mate Paul Ryan have put forth would work without raising taxes for the middle class.

    FactCheck.org Deputy Director Eugene Kiely said you have to consider the source.

    "Of those five studies, two of them were blog items," Kiely said. "The other three that you would consider studies, two of them were written by advisers to the Romney campaign. The third was written by a Princeton economist who also happens to be, or happened to be, an economic adviser to George W. Bush."

    Romney says he's going to keep all of the Bush tax cuts, cut income tax rates across the board 20 percent and keep it revenue neutral. And he'll do this by cutting tax deductions and exemptions for wealthy people.

    The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center says Romney may be over-promising, and we still need more specifics.

    Obama has been claiming that the United States has doubled use of renewable energy over the past four years. Obama said this in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, and on several recent campaign stops. But that is not the case.

    “By saying that renewable energy has doubled, that’s just simply not true," Kiely said. "If he had said, 'Renewable energy from wind and solar has doubled,' that would be true.”

    But wind and solar is just a small fraction of all renewable energy.

    Keep in mind that as the public hears more speeches as the debates near, some stats may not always be as impressive as they sound.

    For more information from FactCheck.org on Obama's energy claims, click here.  For more information on Romney's economics, click here