Was Christine O'Donnell present or absent at the University of Oxford? The GOP candidate for Senate in Delaware claims she studied at the world class English school, but after scrutinizing her records The Washington Post concludes "this is at best an exaggeration and at worst an outright falsehood."
On her LinkedIn bio page, O'Donnell lists Oxford as one of the three universities she attended, saying she studied "Post Modernism in the New Millennium." But the Post discovered that was just a single course held by a separate institution called the Phoenix Institute, "which merely rented space at Oxford."
A spokesperson for O'Donnell said the listing of Oxford on the bio was a reference to the Phoenix Institute course.
But Chris Fletcher, who headed the Institute's 2001 Oxford Summer Programme attended by O'Donnell, said the candidate's claim to have attended the university is "misleading."
"We never represented it as a course run by Oxford University," Fletcher told the Post. "It wasn't an official course of Oxford University. It wasn't sponsored by Oxford University. We rented the space."
It's not the first time O'Donnell, whose Tea Party-fueled primary win shook up Delaware politics, has apparently stretched the truth about her education history.
The New York Times recently reported that while O'Donnell claimed for years that she was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, "in fact she attained her bachelor's degree in English literature only this summer." And in a 2005 lawsuit O'Donnell suggested she was studying to obtain a master's degree at Princeton University -- but she later acknowledged to CNN that she hadn't taken any classes at Princeton.
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