Mike Pence exaggerated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s meetings with donors to her family foundation when she was secretary of State, saying in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate that they were far more extensive than they actually were.
Pence repeated a statement from a retracted Associated Press tweet — that more than half of those who met with Clinton when she was the nation’s top diplomat had given money to the Clinton Foundation. The AP deleted the tweet because it was incorrect.
The tweet linked to an AP story that found 85 of the 154 people in the private sector listed on Clinton’s State Department calendars as meeting with her were linked to donations to her family charity.
But the story did not count any of the U.S. or foreign government officials with whom Clinton met.
Two weeks after the tweet was posted, the AP deleted it after concluding that it fell short of AP standards by omitting essential context.
The incident led the AP to revise its practices to require removal and correction of any AP tweets that fall short of the news organization’s standards, including tweets that contain information that is incorrect, misleading or unfair.