Fact-checking the factcheckers

The Associated Press has run a fact-check on last night’s presidential debate, and notes:

MCCAIN: In a discussion of how the government could shrink spending, he said: “Look, we are sending $700 billion a year overseas to countries that don’t like us very much.”

THE FACTS: The comment echoes one he made in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention earlier this month, when he was talking about money the U.S. spends on foreign oil. FactCheck.org says the U.S. this year is on track to spend $536 billion on imported oil — not $700 billion — and nearly one-third of that comes from friendly nations: Canada, Mexico and Britain.

Which is all well and good and to the best of my knowledge accurate. It does, however, miss another, less subjective way in which Canada and Mexico fail inclusion in McCain’s statement: neither one is overseas.

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