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PolitiFact Florida Gives Grayson a 'Mostly True' on Abortion Claim About Webster



PolitiFact Florida has given Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson a Mostly True rating for his claim in a new ad that Dan Webster, his Republican opponent, "would force victims of rape and incest to bear their attacker's child."

The fact-checking website concluded that “there is no question that Webster believes that abortion should be banned except to save the life of the mother, and that gives the Grayson campaign a lot of cover for its charge.” But it downgraded the claim from a full True rating because in his long legislative career, Webster steered a relatively pragmatic course and never proposed such a stringent law.

Grayson, a Florida Democrat, turned heads -- and inspired some outrage -- with a Sept. 25, 2010, ad labeling Webster "Taliban Dan" due to his longstanding connection to a conservative Christian group.

Now, the ad is history. (Literally: It has apparently been taken down from YouTube.) But on Wednesday, the Grayson campaign released a new ad, called "Dan Webster: The Facts.” That’s the ad from which the abortion fact-check was taken.

On Wednesday, PolitiFact Florida checked two of the other facts in the new ad. One statement earned a Barely True while another one earned a True. You can click on the links in the previous sentence to read PolitiFact Florida's analysis. The abortion fact check is accessible here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:45am]


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