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Buchanan leverages marathon Wimbledon match to criticize federal debt



After the mind-bogglingly long Wimbledon tennis match between John Isner of the United States and Nicolas Mahut of France ended yesterday after 11 hours and 5 minutes, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. -- who represents a Sarasota-area district not far from Isner's Tampa home -- wasted no time turning this sports oddity into a political point

Not long after Isner finally won, Buchanan tweeted, "Think Wimbledon tickets are expensive? Our National Debt has gone up by $1,729,000,000 during the Isner v. Mahut match."

The Times' PolitiFact website couldn't resist checking his math. Here's what they found.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:44am]


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