Political briefs box with Number to Know, Fact Check and Quotes from the Candidates.
Number to Know
43: Youngest age of an elected president (John F. Kennedy). The youngest president, however, was Theodore Roosevelt, who assumed office at age 42. Barack Obama is 47.
A conservative group called RightChange.com has spent $3 million running ads that largely criticize Barack Obama and his tax plans. They're false:
- Two ads say Obama would tax "small businesses" at a rate of "62 percent." He wouldn't. That number is an inflated estimate of the very top tax rate, and it doesn't represent what Obama has proposed.
- That false figure includes an increased Social Security tax rate that Obama doesn't support, plus the state income tax rate paid by people making more than a million dollars a year in California.
- One ad implies that regular folks just trying to make it as entrepreneurs would be hit with such a rate. But even if this estimate were correct – and it's not – it would affect the wealthiest taxpayers and only 1 percent of those who could generously be considered small-business owners.
For more details, go to FactCheck.org.
Quotes on the Candidates
"This is going to be a tough state, my friends, and we're going to be up late (on election night) but we're going to win here." – What Sen. John McCain said at a rally Friday in Denver.
"Without going through the details too much, she's gravely ill. We weren't sure, and I'm still not sure whether she makes it to Election Day." – What Sen. Barack Obama told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast Friday.
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