Politifact has posted its nominees for the 2013 Lie of the Year award.
The 2013 Lie of the Year Finalists: Vote in the Readers' Poll
My two favorites for the winner, chosen not so much for how big and bold a lie they were but how big an impact on the political scene was, in order are:
"What we said was, you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed."
President Barack Obama November 4th. Rated as Pants on Fire.
This statement doubling down on the oft repeated "If you like your plan you can keep it" statement (rated Half True) and coming on top of the disastrous web site roll out has likely done more damage to the President's reputation than all the Right Wing propaganda and hate over the years could ever have done. All it really did was emphasize the missing, but obvious for those paying attention, asterisk that has been seemingly purposely left out of that original statement all along.
"President Obama just granted all of Congress an exception" to Obamacare
Senator Ted Cruz, August 10th. Rated as False.
The right wing talking point that Congress is exempt from the ACA when in reality they are the only group in the US REQUIRED to use it, is such a flat out lie that you can't really find any real justification to excuse it as ignorance or misstatement. I would have given this a Pants on Fire myself. Yet it has been a major driving point of right wing campaigns against the law for the last two years.
Both of these lies have been at the forefronts of their respective campaigns about the ACA and have had significant impact on the political landscape which is why I consider them the two leading candidates for the award.