How Truthful Were the GOP Candidates At Last Night’s Debate?
Social media has been abuzz the last few days with everyone gearing up for the first of many GOP debates for the 2016 presidential run.
Meme's, articles, videos... everyone seems to have their favorites and least favorites.
After last night's debate appeared on Fox News, and Pullitzer Prize winning fact-checker Politifact.com unleashed their signature Truth-O-Meter, weighing in on some of the truthful, and not so truthful, statements made. Factcheck.org also had some comments.
Let's see how the candidates did:
On their truth-o-meter, Politifact gives it their most untruthful rating of Pants on Fire.
Politifact says Kasich passed almost unscathed with their second-to-highest rating of "Mostly True."
"Mostly false," says Politifact. Kasich and Perry outdo Hillary with 30+ years of government experience to Hillary's... well, it depends on how you count it. If senator and secretary of state years count, it's 12. If it's first lady (not really an appointed or elected office) it's 19'ish. If you really stretch and count first lady of Arkansas then that would bring it up to 31, but as Politifact notes, Clinton held a private position as an attorney at Rose Law Firm during much of this time, so, "It's not equivalent to the responsibilities of first lady of the United States," says Politifact.
False. Factcheck.org shows that Switzerland, Norway, and Luxembourg all spend more per student on primary and secondary education.
Mostly True, says Politifact. The numbers check out, though he did cherry-pick a particular period in his governorship to pad the numbers from his total tenure a bit.
Factcheck.org has covered this false claim many, many times over the past 3 years, including when Huckabee ran in 2012 and said the same thing. Obamacare called for reducing the future growth of spending payments to hospitals and Medicare Advantage payments. This has been shown to actually benefit Medicare. The full story can be found here.
True, says Factcheck.org. Factcheck points out that Wisconsin's job growth rate ranks 34th in the country, but it seems like growth rate would naturally slow down when jobs are already filled and unemployment is low. Less jobs to fill.
Factcheck couldn't really say flat out, cut-and-dry "false", but it does say "There’s ample reason to think he’s exaggerating," since virtually all estimates, including one from Trump himself just two months earlier in June, state lower figures. More on that here.