Well, both those statements are demonstrably true - leaving aside whether they're relevant, cherry-picked, etc. I would prefer both "claims" and "says" in the sentence above to be replaced with "points out". That way we can make at least a grammatical distinction between statements of fact, rhetorical flourishes, deliberate ambiguities, and on-the-fly redefinitions of important words such as "deficit", and the like - helping to keep the waters of political discourse running just a little more clearly. It might also help skewering of outright lies, such as that of Grant Shapps yesterday:
There’s only one definition of the deficit and that’s the amount of overspend in the economy by comparison to the size of the overall economy.
Humpty Dumpty would blush. Suffice it to say that if you offered that definition in an Economics exam you'd get a big fat X.
Not that I expect anything to change. Ever since the battle to save the distinction between "deny" and "refute" was lost, we pedantic grumps have been fighting a rearguard action.