The Campaign Spot

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No Math, Please, I’m the President.


It’s not exactly surprising for a candidate to remember past election performances a little better than they actually were. (Ahem.)

Yesterday, during a round of television interviews with local affiliates, Obama told a reporter from a Dallas station that in 2008 he lost Texas by “a few” points; the interviewer corrected him by noting it “it was about ten.”

Actually, the margin of Obama’s loss to McCain was 11.7 percentage points.

But when you throw that into Obama’s “57 states” and his pledge to enact a “net spending cut” during his presidency, it becomes clear that Obama has always been a verbal guy, not a math guy.

Tags: Barack Obama


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