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Patrick Murphy falsely said he had a 'dual degree' in 2013 interview

Patrick Murphy's U.S. Senate campaign said Monday it was simply an "inadvertent error" that congressional and campaign websites for the Jupiter Democrat had exaggerated his academic record at the University of Miami.

But Murphy has himself made inaccurate claims about his education in recent years.

During a January 2013 interview with local access TV in Port St. Lucie, Murphy described himself as having earned "a dual degree in finance and accounting." (The interview is included below. He makes the comment at the 4:24 mark.)

But a "dual degree" is not the same as a double major -- which is what Murphy actually pursued while getting his bachelor's degree in business administration. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2006.

Murphy's congressional and campaign websites were amended on Monday after the Herald/Times asked questions.

Read our full story here.

Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary contributed to this post.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:47am]


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