An Ohio law that makes it a crime to lie about a candidate during an Ohio election gets argued before the US Supreme Court next week. The case arose out of an anti-abortion group attacking incumbent Democrats and the attacked candidate filing a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission. The candidate lost and the complaint was withdrawn. However the group that made the charge, the Susan B. Anthony List, continued a court challenge, arguing that the law was unconstitutional even though they suffered no actual harm. Conviction under the Ohio lying law is a fine on the first offense and loss of a right to vote on subsequent offenses. A ruling is expected later this year. NPR tallied up some of the best known Presidential statements over the years which have been called wholly or partially untrue.
“I am not a crook.” (Richard Nixon)
“Read my lips: No new taxes!” (George H.W. Bush)
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” (Bill Clinton)
“Mission accomplished.” (George W. Bush)
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” (Barack Obama)
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