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PolitiFact Florida: Alan Grayson's defense of Occupy Wall Street is impassioned, but is it accurate?



Alan Grayson, an Orlando Democrat and former U.S. Representative running to reclaim a seat in 2012, emerged a big-time supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement after appearing on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Oct. 7, 2011.

When panelist and political theorist P.J. O'Rourke teased Grayson for being the group's spokesman, Grayson shot back with this byte:

"Listen, if I am a spokesman for all the people who think we should not have 24 million people in this country who can't find a full-time job, that we should not have 50 million people in this country who can't see a doctor when they're sick, that we shouldn't have 47 million people in this country who need government help in order to feed themselves, and we shouldn't have 15 million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, okay, I'll be that spokesman."

Maher's audience gave Grayson a standing ovation. His retort popped up on YouTube and then spread through Facebook and Twitter. Liberal bloggers praised him for his succinct explanation. You can see the video clip here.

We decided to check Grayson's litany of claims about the economic plight of many Americans. Find our story and Truth-O-Meter ruling here.

[Last modified: Monday, October 24, 2011 2:23pm]


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