September 18th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Fact Check: Are foreclosed homeowners being targeted?

Are people who have lost their homes to foreclosure in danger of losing their vote, as Biden said.
Are people who have lost their homes to foreclosure in danger of losing their vote, as Biden said.

The Statement:

At a campaign stop Monday, Sept. 15, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden said that Republican officials in Michigan have made comments "suggesting that anyone who lost their home in foreclosure should also lose their right to vote." "If you're worried about losing your home, you should vote," Biden said. "You should vote for the guys who are prepared to help you keep your home - not take it away."

Get the facts after the jump!

The Facts: The Michigan Messenger, a liberal-leaning online newspaper, reported in a Sept. 10 article that Republican officials in Macomb County, one of three counties comprising metro Detroit, were planning on using a list of foreclosed homes to try to disqualify people from voting.

"We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren't voting from those addresses," party chairman James Carabelli is quoted as telling the paper in a telephone interview.

Carabelli denies the quote. "The story is not true. I never said those things," he says in a written statement posted on the Michigan Republican Party's Web site. "The writer from the blog who spoke to me fabricated comments attributed to me. I did not say that, and I demand a retraction."

The paper is standing behind the story and the quote, based on the reporter's notes. A follow-up article did not mention any recording of the interview. Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post editor and reporter and editorial director of the Center for Independent Media, which runs the paper, wrote on Sept. 12 that he edited the piece and has "never reported, edited or published a story that included fabricated quotes."

Verdict: IN DISPUTE


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