Morning Poll: Is Senator Jon Kyl's Excuse Over "Factual Statements" Satisfactory?

Disclaimer: Jon Kyl's apology for lying about abortion statistics is "not intended to be a factual statement" -- or it is?
Senator Jon Kyl issued a statement yesterday apologizing for his attempt to redefine lying by following a lie with the disclaimer that his statement was not "intended to be a factual statement."

The senator has been the butt of countless jokes by late-night talk show hosts, such as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- as well as New Times readers.

In Kyl's statement, his D.C. press secretary, Ryan Patmintra, is thrown under the bus, and takes responsibility for the claim that Kyl inflating the amount of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood by about 87 percent was "not intended to be a factual statement."

"Senator Kyl misspoke when he incorrectly cited a statistic on the Senate floor last week regarding Planned Parenthood," Patmintra says in statement first obtained by the Arizona Republic. "Rather than simply state that in response to a media inquiry, I responded that his comment was not intended to be a factual statement; a comment that, in retrospect, made no sense. Senator Kyl neither saw nor approved that response."

Kyl went further in the statement to maintain that he didn't lie about the statistics, but rather cited a study about Planned Parenthood's abortion statistics incorrectly.

Last week on the Senate floor, I incorrectly stated that well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is perform abortions. I was referring to a statistic that I had read in a report by the Chiaroscuro Foundation, but I later found that I had incorrectly cited the report. It said that '98 percent of Planned Parenthood's services to pregnant women (abortion, adoption, and prenatal care) are abortion.' That statistic was also cited by a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in a recent column. My error was in failing to qualify that it related only to pregnant women. I regret the error. However, regardless of the number, I believe it is still fair to question whether taxpayers should continue to subsidize Planned Parenthood, thereby freeing up its resources to provide abortion services."

Frankly, we'd prefer -- just once -- for a politician to just come out and say "yep, I lied. It may have been inadvertent, but it was a lie. I'm sorry."

But we want to know what you think: Is Kyl's apology for lying on the floor of the U.S. Senate satisfactory?

Cast your vote below. 

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Totally amazes me how much all politicians lie about everything and still can't admit they lied even when caught in the lie.

One thing is for your sure, you can tell a politician is lying when they're lips are moving.


Wonder why it took Kyl so long to address this issue, Maybe he was a little low, so he had to go over to John McCain's house and borrow 2 cups of bullshit.


Is there a difference between a Senator making an outragous statement on the floor of the Senate that1. he does not care if it resembles the truth.or2. he is to lazy to check the sources he uses for decision making (decisions like opening his mouth when he has the FLOOR of the house).

How prepared could he have been for such an opportunity to speak.John McCain must be so appalled.If I were a voter in Az., I think I'd rather vote for his D.C. press secretary, Ryan Patmintra.

Quote:"However, regardless of the number, I believe it is still fair to question whether taxpayers should continue to subsidize Planned Parenthood, thereby freeing up its resources to provide abortion services"

Taxpayers should quit subsidizing Senators who take their responsibilities lightly.


AZSCAM Kyl Speaks! When he should just "shut his neck." Mr. My mother didn't need maternityr care, just GOP CARE! NO CARE for you! Mr. Judiciary aka Mr. Eavesdrop, Wiretap and Datamine of Americans without a court order or a warrant should just "shut his neck." What has KYL done for you! A $345,000,000 SNOW MACHINE SPENDING EARMARK and approved Brewer TEAM GOP death panels unto you. John Kyl stood before every woman in America that no care is GOP CARE so put a H on your CHEST and HANDLE IT! NO CARE is GOP CARE! Now lets go skiing!


I've heard that 90% of the children he's molested are under the age of 11, and that 3% are girls. I wonder if that is a factual statement.

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