Hannity falsely claimed Obama "said" he is "going to ... cut tens of billions of dollars in our military"

››› ››› MATTHEW BIEDLINGMAIER

On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity falsely asserted that Sen. Barack Obama "said" he is "going to ... cut tens of billions of dollars in our military." In fact, Obama has said he would cut "tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending," not overall defense spending.

On the October 22 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity falsely asserted that Sen. Barack Obama is "going to ... cut tens of billions of dollars in our military. That's what he said." In fact, as Media Matters for America repeatedly noted when Hannity made similar claims, Obama told the group Caucus4Priorities that he would cut "tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending," not overall defense spending. Sen. John McCain has also pledged to "cut wasteful spending in defense and non-defense programs."

During the October 22 program, Hannity also criticized Obama for "vot[ing] to cut off funding for our troops" without noting that McCain voted against legislation that would have funded the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and would have provided more than $1 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

From the October 22 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes:

HANNITY: [Former Clinton White House special counsel] Lanny [Davis], I'm going to quote a good friend of yours. First of all, let's go over the Obama plan. He's going to be cut tens of billions of dollars in our military. That's what he said. He's changed his position about pulling out of Iraq and waving the white flag of surrender.

But he voted to cut off funding for our troops that even Joe Biden said American troops' lives would be lost. He'll meet with rogue dictators without preconditions. And he said Iran's a tiny country, not a serious threat.

Now, there's a very famous person, a good friend of yours, her name is Hillary, and she said that his positions on national security issues, quote, "are naive, dangerous, and irresponsible." I actually agree with her. I agree with your friend. She was right. Why -- convince me why she's wrong.

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National Security & Foreign Policy, Defense Funding
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Fox News Channel
Person
Sean Hannity
Show/Publication
Hannity & Colmes
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Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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