The Facts Are In: Cheney Lied, Lied, Lied
Cheney claim of not having met Edwards was quickly refuted. Some Senators pointed out that Cheney's visit to the Senate consists of little more than weekly lunches with Republican Senators, with John Edwards not invited. Photos and videos have surfaced showing Cheney meeting with Edwards on more than one occasion. As I noted earlier, even Senator Frisk has defended Edwards and Kerry for being absent while running for President.
During the debate, Dick Cheney told people to go to factcheck.com for evidence backing him on Edwards criticism of his ties to Haluburton. If they went to factcheck.com, they would have wound up at George Soro's site. The true, nonpartisan Fact Check at factcheck.org also refuted Cheney with this report emailed to subscribers this morning:
Cheney got our domain name wrong -- calling us "FactCheck.com" -- and wrongly implied that we had rebutted allegations Edwards was making about what Cheney had done as chief executive officer of Halliburton.
In fact, we did post an article pointing out that Cheney hasn't profited personally while in office from Halliburton's Iraq contracts, as falsely implied by a Kerry TV ad. But Edwards was talking about Cheney's responsibility for earlier Halliburton troubles. And in fact, Edwards was mostly right.The report also debunks the false claim that Edwards and Kerry voted for the war.
From other recent reports, visitors to Fact Check would learn the following:
Bush Mischaracterizes Kerry's Health Plan
10.04.2004 Bush claims Kerry's plan puts "bureaucrats in control" of medical decisions, "not you, not your doctor." But experts don't agree with that.
The "Willie Horton" Ad Of 2004?
Republican group's ad shows Osama, Kerry. It appeals to fear, and twists Kerry's record on defense, intelligence, Iraq.
Bush Ad Twists Kerry's Words on Iraq
Selective use of Kerry's own words makes him look inconsistent on Iraq. A closer look gives a different picture.
Of course being nonpartisan, Fact Check does comment on Kerry commercials and campaign statements. Compared to the major lies coming from the Bush campaign, the comments on the Kerry campaign are quite trivial. They often amount to not providing all the information in a thirty second commercial, without really being inaccurate. For example, as Fact Check pointed out, Dick Cheney might not be profiting at the moment from Halliburton's income, but the no bid contracts granted to it would have been expected to benefit Cheney long term.
Some claim that Halliburton's expertise was sufficient reason for a no bid contract. Such considerations are different when the Vice President who pushed so hard for the war was a former President of the corporation, requiring different procedures in light of this clear conflict of interest. The real problem is that, with all the reasons given for going to war having been discredited, the war is looking more and more like mechanism to provide a profit to people such as Halliburton and the Carlyle Group.
Thanks to John Edwards, the truth about Dick Cheney is becomming increasingly apparent. As has been true so often during the campaign, Cheney had no defense other than a string of lies. Edwards was the clear winner of this debate.