2016 SPIN METER: 5 things to know not to believe

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Associated Press

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's considered bad form for politicians to say things that are not true.

But when they talk about their own ambitions, deception pretty much comes with the territory and no one seems to mind.

People who are patently feeling out their presidential prospects claim not to be even thinking about that — even when you know they've got to be humming "Hail to the Chief" in the shower.

They say they don't pay attention to polls — really?

They suggest their families will drive their decision whether to run, setting up a dramatic tension that is more fiction than fact.

As the 2016 presidential campaign field begins to take shape, there are some things to know not to believe when you hear them.

EDITOR'S NOTE _ An occasional look behind the rhetoric of politicians

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