Ask FactCheck: Week ending December 26

December 19, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

December 26, 2008

Q: Would 3 million jobs be lost if U.S. automakers go under? A: The 3-million-jobs figure is based on doomsday assumptions that are unlikely to materialize. Independent economists put the job loss in the hundreds of thousands if GM and Chrysler go under. Ford has said it can survive on its own for now.

Q: Did Nancy Pelosi order up a 200-seat jet for her personal use?

A:The Democratic House speaker normally flies in a 12-seat Air Force jet, just as her Republican predecessor did. This rumor stems from a request by the House sergeant at arms, not Pelosi, for a jet large enough to reach California without refueling.

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