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Trump’s repeated claim that Obama is accepting 200,000 Syrian refugees

“You have the migration because Syria is such a disaster. And now I hear we want to take in 200,000 Syrians, right? And they could be, listen, they could be ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]. I don’t know.” — Donald Trump, campaign rally, Keene, N.H., Sept, 30, 2015 “So when I heard 10,000 […]

Jeb Bush’s misleading claim that ‘I cut taxes’ by $19 billion over eight years (Fact Checker biography)

“People are supporting me because I have a proven record of conservative leadership where I cut taxes $19 billion over eight years.” — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), GOP debate on CNN, Sept. 16, 2015 “I know that enacting these policies works because I’ve done it before. As governor of Florida, I cut taxes […]

NRSC tars senatorial candidate with supporting Iran’s ‘path to a nuclear bomb’

“A deal that gives billions to terrorists. Lifts ballistic missile arms controls. Lets Iran inspect its own nuclear sites. And gives Iran a path to a nuclear bomb.” — Video ad sponsored by the National Republican Senatorial Committee attacking Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, […]

Obama’s claim that ‘states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths’

  “We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not born out by the evidence.” —President Obama, remarks on Shootings at Umpqua […]

The repeated, misleading claim that Planned Parenthood ‘provides’ mammograms

“All of the signatories [of a letter in support of defunding Planned Parenthood] are men. None of whom will get pregnant, or need a cervical screening for cancer, or a mammogram, or a pap smear, or other life-saving services that are provided by Planned Parenthood.” –Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), House Committee on Oversight and Government […]

Cruz’s claim that he spent ‘much of my adult life in law enforcement’

“I spent much of my adult life working in law enforcement.”  –Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), remarks on the Senate floor, Sept. 28, 2015 “I have also spent much of my adult life in law enforcement.” –Cruz, answering Q&A for The Skimm A reader asked about this biographical claim by the Texas senator, made during a […]

The stale claim that ‘one in three’ women will have an abortion by age 45

“One in three women will have one [abortion] by the age of 45.” — UltraViolet’s “Abortion Myths v. Facts” video, Sept. 8, 2015 This video has been circulating since the Sept. 9 House Judiciary Committee hearing on Planned Parenthood’s practices. Proponents of abortion rights again repeated this claim on social media during the Sept. 29 House Oversight and […]

Carly Fiorina’s career: a response to readers

Our recent fact check on Carly Fiorina’s claim that she went “from secretary to CEO” generated heavy criticism from readers. The fact check was either a thoughtful analysis or shoddy hit piece — which is not an uncommon range of responses to our fact checks. But the brunt of reaction came from readers in the latter […]

Trump’s tax plan and his claim that ‘it’s going to cost me a fortune’

“It’s going to cost me a fortune.” —Businessman Donald J. Trump, speaking about his tax plan, Sept. 28, 2015 GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump unveiled his tax plan Monday, offering few details but enough broad strokes to get a sense of how it would work. Tax brackets would be simplified, and also reduced, with the […]

Hillary Clinton’s incomplete timeline on her personal e-mail account

“We have done everything we could, in response to the State Department asking us to do this review because they asked all the former secretaries. And the reason they asked, Chuck, is they found gaps in the record keeping.” — Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet […]

Carly Fiorina’s bogus ‘secretary to CEO’ career trajectory (Fact Checker biography)

Editor’s Note: Every candidate running for president likes to highlight certain aspects of his or her biography. This is an occasional series taking a deeper look at 2016 candidates’ claims about their personal, professional or political record. We welcome suggestions for future fact checks, which we ultimately will compile as a collection. See our complete Scott […]

Bernie Sanders’s claim that more people live in poverty ‘than almost any time’ in U.S. history

“We have more people living in poverty today than almost any time in the history of this country.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), interview on CNN, Sept. 23, 2015 Sanders, an independent seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has made income inequality a major theme of his campaign. This statement jumped out at The Fact Checker because […]

Chris Christie’s claim that he ‘supported and implemented’ New Jersey’s medical marijuana laws

“In New Jersey, we have medical marijuana laws, which I supported and implemented. … I’m not against medical marijuana. We do it in New Jersey. But I’m against the recreational use of marijuana.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), the second GOP debate, Sept. 16, 2015 Several claims from the second Republican presidential debate stood […]

Ben Carson’s claim that ‘taqiyya’ encourages Muslims ‘to lie to achieve your goals’

“Taqiyya is a component of Shia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals.” –Dr. Ben Carson, interview with The Hill newspaper, Sept. 20, 2015 Carson, a neurosurgeon seeking the GOP presidential nomination, caused a stir when he declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he could not support a Muslim […]

Scott Walker biography: The complete Fact Checker collection

Every presidential candidate highlights certain aspects of his or her biography on the campaign trail. We compiled the following look at Scott Walker’s claims about his life and career. Click on the headlines to read the original column. We included social cards readers can share when they hear Walker repeat the claim. Send us your suggestions for […]

Carly Fiorina’s claim that 307,000 veterans ‘died waiting for health care’

“Three hundred and seven thousand veterans have died waiting for health care.” “We need to care for our veterans so 307,000 aren’t dying waiting for health care.” –Business executive Carly Fiorina, the second GOP debate, Sept. 16, 2015 Readers asked us to fact-check this figure that Fiorina cited twice during the second GOP debate, hosted […]

Scott Walker’s claims about Wisconsin budget deficit and tax cuts (Fact Checker biography)

“We took a $3.6 billion budget deficit. We fixed it. We did it while cutting taxes by billions of dollars.” –Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Aug. 23, 2015 “We fixed a $3.6 billion budget deficit. We cut taxes the first couple years by $2 billion dollars.” –Town hall meeting in […]

Marco Rubio’s claim that North Korea has ‘dozens’ of nukes and can strike California

“There is a lunatic in North Korea with dozens of nuclear weapons and long-range rocket that can already hit the very place in which we stand tonight.” — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), remarks at the second GOP debate, Sept. 16, 2015 A reader asked about these remarks, which had escaped our notice while preparing our […]

Walker’s questionable label of John Doe investigations as a ‘political witch hunt’ (Fact Checker biography)

“They were looking for just about anything. … It was largely a political witch hunt. They were looking for anything, and their contention was that they wanted to see if their efforts were coordinated — when it was clear that … the very things that me and my supporters were working on with us, was supporting […]

Fact checking the second round of GOP debates

CNN aired two GOP presidential debates Wednesday: a prime-time event starring 11 candidates and an earlier debate featuring four second-tier contenders, based on an average of recent polls. Not every candidate uttered facts that are easily fact checked, but following is a list of 17 suspicious claims.  As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios when […]

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