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Fact-checking the vice presidential debate

No matter who you believe made the most persuasive argument last night, you should know that each candidate had a couple of mistatements of facts.

KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has been looking for the truth all day. She, with the help of a website called FactCheck.org, has our look at "just the facts".

There were a few 'facts' last night that were really opinions. Whether or not you believed what they were saying probably had a lot to do with who you are supporting in the presidential race.

But right now, we're going to take a look at two things each of the candidates probably wish they could've taken back last night.  

At one point, Sen. Biden said, "John McCain said as recently as a couple of weeks ago he wouldn't even sit down with the government of Spain."

Fact Check says - that's false. He didn't refuse a meeting - he just refused to say whether or not he would meet.

How about this one?

"Barack Obama supported increasing taxes, as late as last year for families making only $42,000 a year," said Gov. Palin last night.

According to Fact Check, Obama's budget bill called for an increase only on singles making that amount.

"Barack Obama did not vote to raise taxes the vote she's referring to. John McCain voted the exact same way," said Sen. Biden last night.

Actually, McCain voted against it. Sen. Biden was referring to an amendment that didn't address taxes at that income level.

How about this one - Gov. Palin talking about McCain's health care plan.

"He is proposing a credit so families can get out and purchase healthcare not mandated like Obama. It's not real pleasing to consider healthcare being taken over by the Feds."

Budget experts believe that McCain's plan would cost tens of billions each year, but they say the details are too fuzzy to allow for exact estimates.

And there are a couple of more things - on the iraq war Gov. Palin said we are down to "presurge numbers," which isn't correct.

And Sen. Biden, at one point, said that Obama and McCain voted exactly the same way on a recent troop funding bill. Gov. Palin probably said it best last night -"Say it aint so, Joe!" The two were on opposite side of that bill.

Want to check the facts for yourself? Visit FactCheck.org and take a look!

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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