Pants on Fire

Politifact rates claims and allegations as being “Pants On Fire” lies when they are baseless and without merit. Below is a list of the “Pants On Fire” lies told by Republicans and Tea Party members about President Obama.

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Statements by the GOP and GOP SupportersThat Were Rated

Pants On Fire Lies

"The IRS is already planning on 19,500 new employees to administer"

Obama’s health care mandate.

John Hunstsman

"President Obama has the lowest public approval ratings of any

president in modern times."

Michele Bachmann

"The federal government has not engaged in (border security) at all."

Rick Perry

President Obama "went around the world and apologized for America."

Mitt Romney

"The first round of stimulus ... it created zero jobs."

Rick Perry

The Massachusetts health care plan "dealt with 8 percent of our population,"

far less than the "100 percent of American people" affected by

President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Mitt Romney

President Barack Obama "has virtually no one in his cabinet with

private-sector experience."

Michel Bachman

Says President Barack Obama delivered $2 billion to Brazil to help

with offshore drilling projects.

Rick Perry

"We're inches away from no longer having a free economy."

Mitt Romney

"Unions don’t have to comply with Obamacare."

Crossroads GPS

Next year, "you will be mandated by federal law to get rid of your

existing light bulbs."

Chain E-Mail

President Obama’s health care law "represents a government

takeover of health care."

Mitt Romney

"We’ve lost 26 million jobs … since (Obama’s) been president."

Reince Priebus, RNC Chairperson

"One. That's the number of new drilling permits under the

Obama administration since they came into office."

Michele Bachmann

"Any child born prematurely, according to the president, in his

own words, can be killed."

Rick Santorum

"Since January 2008 the private sector has lost nearly 8 million

jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000."

Tim Pawlenty

Small businesses that have "$250,000 in gross sales for the business.

They're the ones that are looking at massive tax increases."

Michele Bachmann

President Obama is a Muslim.

18% of the American Public – Pew Research Poll

Elena Kagan is "a New York City radical, Marxist lawyer through and through."

Michael Savage

The president's health care proposals will cause "most Americans

to have their premiums increased, not decreased, and hundreds of

millions of people lose their current insurance coverage."

Nancy Pfotenhauer

Seniors and the disabled "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death

panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment

of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."

Sarah Palin

"All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services."

Chain E-Mail


"The Senate voted this week to allow illegal aliens access to Social Security benefits."

Chain E-Mail

Inside the stimulus package "is anti-Christian legislation that will stop

churches from using public schools for meeting on Sundays,

as well as Boy Scouts and student Bible study groups."

Newt Gingrich

"(Bill) Ayers and Obama ran a radical education foundation together."

John McCain