PolitiFact Rates Biden's Claim That He Was 'One of The Most Liberal' Senators As False | NTK Network PolitiFact Rates Biden’s Claim That He Was ‘One of The Most Liberal’ Senators As False

PolitiFact Rates Biden’s Claim That He Was ‘One of The Most Liberal’ Senators As False

"I think it’s fair to say that Voteview does not, and has not, so labeled [Biden]," a representative told Politifact.

By NTK Staff | 05.07.2019 @12:45pm
PolitiFact Rates Biden’s Claim That He Was ‘One of The Most  Liberal’ Senators As False


The fact-checkers at PolitiFact gave former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent statement that he was “one of the most liberal members of the United States Congress” a false rating on Tuesday.

During a recent interview with ABC News, Biden claimed he “was always labeled as one of the most liberal members of the United States Congress.”

PolitiFact asked the UCLA-maintained Voteview database, which “derives lawmakers’ ideological grades from roll call votes,” what they thought about Biden’s claim.

According to PolitiFact:

“From 1973 through 2008, Voteview found that Biden was on average more liberal than about 75% of the Senate overall. Among Democrats, he was in the middle of the pack. On average, he stood at almost exactly his party’s center line.”

“I think it’s fair to say that Voteview does not, and has not, so labeled him,” Jeffrey Lewis, a political science professor at UCLA, told PolitiFact.

GovTrack.us, a group that “ranks legislators by ideology,” also told PolitiFact that they disagreed with Biden’s view of his record.

“A GovTrack.us analysis of bills that Biden sponsored and cosponsored from 2003 through 2008 shows Biden’s liberal record in Congress was not superlative.”

“We rate Biden’s claim as false,” GovTrack founder Josh Tauberer told PolitiFact.

“A review of several databases that grade lawmakers based on ideology shows Biden has not always earned high grades for liberalism, and occasionally earned low marks,” PolitiFact wrote in their ruling. “Among Senate Democrats, he was in the middle of the pack in terms of liberalism. Over his 35 years in the Senate, he showed a willingness to buck the left wing of his party and cross the partisan aisle.”

“We rate this False,” PolitiFact concluded.

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