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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Obama Botched the Facts on MPG In His Detroit Speech


When I read the line in Obama’s speech, it seemed odd for a moment, but I didn’t go back and check it. The result is a good catch from a Chicago Tribune columnist:

“While our fuel standards haven’t moved from 27.5 miles per gallon in two decades, both China and Japan have surpassed us, with Japanese cars now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon,” Obama said.

“I’m not sure where he got that figure,” Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said. “No carmaker gets 45 m.p.g. Ours is closer to 30 m.p.g.”

If elected president, perhaps Obama’s first appointment should be a fact-checker.

I’ll bet he was tired. Well, at least he didn’t say that Japanese cars are getting ten thousand miles per gallon.

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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