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  • Dick Swett
Sunday, July 3, 2011

Politifact: Former U.S. Rep. Richard Swett says Huntsman flip-flopped on stimulus

Says that in 2009, Jon Huntsman "said that the Recovery Act wasn't large enough and as governor he asked for $14.4 billion in federal stimulus funds. Now he's saying that he never supported it."

Former U.S. Rep. Richard Swett, on Tuesday, June 21. in a conference call hosted by the New Hampshire Democratic Party

Our ruling:

Huntsman's comments on the stimulus have been all over the map. He said from the start he would have voted against it - because it wasn't big enough - and then he's offered different explanations that have emphasized the need for more infrastructure spending or more tax cuts.

Swett was right in saying that Huntsman requested $14 billion in stimulus funds, and that he offered his support for a figure even larger: $1 trillion.

But Swett's account is too one-sided. The record shows Huntsman has continued to raise questions about the stimulus all along, even as he accepted the money.

We rate Swett's statement Half True.

Read the full article: Former U.S. Rep. Richard Swett says Huntsman flip-flopped on stimulus

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