On Politicians Calling Lincoln the Founder of the Republican Party

Sep 10, 2011 2:46pm

“He gives a good speech, but he’s loose with the facts. He called Abraham Lincoln the ‘founder’ of the Republican Party. Nope. Lincoln was not the founder of the party; he wasn’t even the first Republican nominee (John Fremont was, in 1856). Lincoln was, of course, the first Republican to be elected president.”

- Jay Carney, TIME Magazine bureau chief, on Mike Huckabee’s GOP Convention Speech, September 3, 2008

“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our union. Founder of the Republican Party.”

- President Barack Obama, address to Congress, September 8, 2011

Hat tip to Byron York.

– Jake Tapper

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