PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter Rates Kaine and Allen Statements
Virginia's United States Senate race, most likely between Tim Kaine and George Allen, is going to be expensive and controversial. There is already a national political watchdog organization tracking the two and scoring them on a truth scale for what they are saying.
Who would have thought with more than three months until the Virginia primaries, we would already be talking about the race between Tim Kaine and George Allen? But we are, and analysts at PolitiFact are already keeping close tabs on what's being said on either side.
Political fact checker, PolitiFact started watching the race a little closer after a face-to-face debate in Richmond earlier this month between the two likely Senate candidates. The website is rating the words of Kaine and Allen based on what they rate as true or false.
While there are always issues of fact in political races, analysts at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics say it's important to remember things aren't always black and white.
Kyle Kondik of the Center for Politics said, "There are sort of two versions of what's true or not. And PolitiFact tries to tell us what's true and what's not, but sometimes there are matters of fact that are just wrong, other times there are matters of opinion that may or may not be wrong depending on where you sit."
Analysts say both Allen and Kaine won't have any trouble funding their campaigns during the next 11 months, and as far as fact-checking is concerned, we can be sure there is going to be a lot more of it as this race and other races continue to heat up.
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story