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Four video explanations of ‘gaffes’ by Obama and Romney


The Fact Checker is away until August 27. We’re recharging our batteries in preparation for the Republican and Democratic conventions.

But we’ve left behind four one-minute videos that take a closer look at “gaffes” made by President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney. Find out what they really said — without the selective editing.

Why do the campaigns play such games? The answer is that the most politically effective use of such snippets is when they appear to reinforce existing stereotypes about an opposing candidate.

Romney: ‘Corporations are people, my friend.’

Obama: ‘You didn’t build that.’

Romney: ‘I like being able to fire people.’

Obama: ‘Private sector is doing fine.’

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Glenn Kessler has reported on domestic and foreign policy for more than three decades. He would like your help in keeping an eye on public figures. Send him statements to fact check by emailing him, tweeting at him, or sending him a message on Facebook.
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