galleryIgnorant Politicans03.28.11galleryIgnorant PoliticansGaffes, lies, and dumb mistakes—which politicians spread falsehoods? From Palin to Bachmann to Biden, The Daily Beast ranks the country’s 10 most ill-informed leaders.03.28.11 6:56 PM ETAlex Wong / Getty Images1, Michele Bachmann, R-MNU.S. Representative Total checked statements: 19 True: 0 Mostly true: 0 Half true: 2 Barely true: 3 False: 8 Pants on fire: 6 Egregious falsehood: In the '70s, "the swine flu broke out... under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter." — politifact.com Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo 2, Michael SteeleFormer RNC Chairman Total checked statements: 8 True: 4 Mostly true: 0 Half true: 1 Barely true: 0 False: 1 Pants on fire: 2 Egregious falsehood: "You and I know that in the history of mankind and womankind, government—federal, state, local, or otherwise—has never created one job."— politifact.comRich Pedroncelli / AP Photo,Rich Pedroncelli3, Howard DeanFormer DNC Chairman Total checked statements: 6 True: 1 Mostly true: 1 Half true: 1 Barely true: 0 False: 3 Pants on fire: 0 Egregious falsehood: "Every other democracy in the world has a health-care system that covers everybody, and we don't."— politifact.comAP Photo4, Sarah PalinFormer Republican Governor, Alaska Total checked statements: 45 True: 10 Mostly true: 6 Half true: 7 Barely true: 6 False: 12 Pants on fire: 4 Egregious falsehood: The disabled and seniors "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."— politifact.comJ. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo,J. Scott Applewhite5, Paul Ryan, R-WIU.S. Representative Total checked statements: 7 True: 1 Mostly true: 0 Half true: 2 Barely true: 3 False: 0 Pants on fire: 1 Egregious falsehood: Regarding the collective-bargaining debate in Wisconsin, Ryan claimed the disagreements had led to "riots"... "It's like Cairo has moved to Madison these days."— politifact.comCharles Dharapak / AP Photo6, Nancy Pelosi, D-CAHouse Minority Leader Total checked statements: 14 True: 1 Mostly true: 2 Half true: 6 Barely true: 2 False: 2 Pants on fire: 1 Egregious falsehood: "We were not, I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used."— politifact.comAlex Brandon / AP Photo,Alex Brandon7, Harry Reid, D-NVSenate Majority Leader Total checked statements: 10 True: 2 Mostly true: 1 Half true: 3 Barely true: 1 False: 3 Pants on fire: 0 Egregious falsehood: "We have solved the problem.... Scientists are now saying leave the nuclear waste where it is."— politifact.comChuck Burton / AP Photo,Chuck Burton8, Mitch McConnell, R-KYSenate Minority Leader Total checked statements: 10 True: 2 Mostly true: 2 Half true: 2 Barely true: 1 False: 3 Pants on fire: 0 Egregious falsehood: Updated financial regulation "actually guarantees future bailouts of Wall Street banks."— politifact.comTom Williams / Roll Call / Getty Images9, John Boehner, R-OHSpeaker of the House Total checked statements: 37 True: 14 Mostly true: 3 Half true: 3 Barely true: 5 False: 12 Pants on fire: 0 Egregious falsehood: "This is the first time since the Depression that unemployment has stayed above 9 percent for two consecutive years."— politifact.comAP Photo10, Joe BidenVice President Total checked statements: 44 True: 10 Mostly true: 8 Half true: 10 Barely true: 8 False: 5 Pants on fire: 3 Egregious falsehood: "In the 1990s, the Biden Crime Bill added 100,000 cops to America's streets. As a result, murder and violent-crime rates went down eight years in a row."— politifact.com See the ranking methodology here.