Monday, April 9, 2012

Fact-checking the Veeps

Politifact notes that the Veepstakes game is beginning, and in honor of that, I grabbed the truthiness scores from Politifact of each one of the VP possibilities.

My categorization: True was a controversial statement Politifact ruled as "true" or "mostly true." False was a statement that was deemed as "false", "mostly false" or "pants on fire."

Here's how they rank:

1. Marco Rubio and Rob Portman 63%

3. Bob McDonnell 59%

4. Chris Christie 50%

5. Paul Ryan 43%

6. Jim DeMint 33%

7. Allen West 22%

As for the Democratic VP? Well, Joe Biden is at 58%... below the top three VP candidates but above the rest.

Politifact hasn't rated anything said by John Thune or Nikki Haley, while Bobby Jindal and Susana Martinez had too few checks to warrant inclusion.

Here are the raw scores.

Marco Rubio = 9 true, 10 mostly true, 9 half true, 4 mostly false, 6 false, 1 pants on fire
Paul Ryan = 1 true, 2 mostly true, 4 half true, 3 mostly false, 1 pants on fire
Rob Portman = 5 true, 7 mostly true, 6 half true, 3 mostly false, 3 false, 1 pants on fire
Chris Christie = 8 True, 5 Mostly true, 9 half true, 5 mostly false, 5 false, 3 pants on fire
Bob McDonnell = 5 True, 5 mostly true, 4 half true, 5 mostly true, 1 false, 1 pants on fire
Susana Martinez = 1 half true, 1 mostly false
Allen West = 1 true, 1 mostly true, 2 half true, 2 mostly false, 5 false, 2 pants on fire
Bobby Jindal = 2 mostly true, 1 half true, 1 false
Jim DeMint = 2 true, 2 mostly false, 3 false, 1 pants on fire
Joe Biden, who is 11 true, 12 mostly true, 11 half true, 8 mostly false, 6 false, 3 pants on fire.