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Clinton Fact Checked Over Middle Class Tax Increases

- January 17, 2016

Clinton Started Out 2016 Claiming She Is The "Only Candidate" In The Presidential Race Opposed To Raising Middle-Class Taxes

Earlier This Month, Clinton Said She Is The "Only Person" That Is "Running On Both Sides" Of The Aisle That Has Pledged "Not To Raise Middle-Class Taxes." CLINTON: "And there is a big difference between me and everybody else running on both sides. I'm the only person running who says my goal and my pledge is to raise incomes not raise middle-class taxes. I will not raise middle-class taxes." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Campaign Rally, Des Moines, IA, 1/4/16)

Clinton Continuously Stated "I'm The Only Candidate Running, In Either Party, Who Will Tell You My Goal, My Pledge, Is To Raise Incomes Not Taxes On The Middle-Class." CLINTON: "I also believe we need a tax system that makes the wealthy pay more and does not tax the middle-class. I'm the only candidate running, in either party, who will tell you my goal, my pledge, is to raise incomes not taxes on the middle-class. And that's what I think we should be doing." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Campaign Rally, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1/4/16)

Clinton Was Quickly Fact-Checked By The Washington Post Who Called Her Claim "Absurd" And Awarded Her 4 Pinocchios

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Glenn Kessler: Clinton's Claim She Is The Only Candidate To Pledge Not Raise Middle-Class Taxes Is "Rhetorical Hooey." "Frankly, this is rhetorical hooey. Every candidate can claim they have plans-few of which will ever come to fruition in exactly the same way if the candidate is actually elected president-but it's absurd for Clinton to claim that she is the only candidate in either party to have a plan to both raise incomes and not cut middle class taxes. The Republicans all say they won't raise taxes-and every candidate promises to raise incomes." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She's The Only Candidate In Either Party Who Would Not Raise Middle-Class Taxes (And Promises To Raise Incomes), The Washington Post , 1/7/16)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Glenn Kessler: "It's Absurd For Clinton To Claim That She Is The Only Candidate In Either Party To Have A Plan To Both Raise Incomes And Not Cut Middle Class Taxes." "Every candidate can claim they have plans-few of which will ever come to fruition in exactly the same way if the candidate is actually elected president-but it's absurd for Clinton to claim that she is the only candidate in either party to have a plan to both raise incomes and not cut middle class taxes. The Republicans all say they won't raise taxes-and every candidate promises to raise incomes." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She's The Only Candidate In Either Party Who Would Not Raise Middle-Class Taxes (And Promises To Raise Incomes), The Washington Post , 1/7/16)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Glenn Kessler: Clinton "Cannot Sweepingly Suggest That She Is The Only Candidate In Either Party Who Would Not Raise Middle-Class Taxes." "Even if Clinton's plans are a bit more detailed-a debatable point-she cannot sweepingly suggest that she is the only candidate in either party who would not raise middle-class taxes. That's really her key talking point-and that's certainly news to Republicans, and maybe even Bernie Sanders." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She's The Only Candidate In Either Party Who Would Not Raise Middle-Class Taxes (And Promises To Raise Incomes), The Washington Post , 1/7/16)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Glenn Kessler: Clinton's Claim Is "An Example Of Actually Believing Your Own Spin, No Matter How Absurd." "This is an example of actually believing your own spin, no matter how absurd." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She's The Only Candidate In Either Party Who Would Not Raise Middle-Class Taxes (And Promises To Raise Incomes), The Washington Post , 1/7/16)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Glenn Kessler Awarded Clinton's Claim With "Four Pinocchios." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She's The Only Candidate In Either Party Who Would Not Raise Middle-Class Taxes (And Promises To Raise Incomes), The Washington Post , 1/7/16)

Even After The Fact-Check Clinton Continued Her "Rhetorical Hooey" As Recently As This Past Tuesday

The Washington Post Headline: "Recidivism Watch: Clinton Repeats Bogus Claim About Taxes And Incomes." (Glenn Kessler, "Recidivism Watch: Clinton Repeats Bogus Claim About Taxes And Incomes," The Washington Post , 1/12/16)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Glenn Kessler: "Clinton Should Stop Making This Claim." "As we said before, this is rhetorical hooey. Clinton should stop making this claim." (Glenn Kessler, "Recidivism Watch: Clinton Repeats Bogus Claim About Taxes And Incomes," The Washington Post , 1/12/16)


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