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Hillary Clinton cites GOP quotes on equal-pay legislation out of context

“Now we could fix this [equal pay for men and women].  If Republicans would get on board, we in fact could fix this today but they won’t. One Republican candidate dismissed equal pay as ‘a bogus issue.’  Another said Congress was ‘wasting time’ worrying about it.  One even said that efforts to guarantee fair pay […]

The bogus claim that 300,000 U.S. children are ‘at risk’ of sexual exploitation

“In the U.S., some 300,000 children are at risk each year for commercial sexual exploitation.” –Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), statement, May 19, 2015 “There are upwards, according to the Justice Department, of 300,000, mostly young girls, at risk for this.” –Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), remarks at a congressional hearing, May 14 Beatty and Wagner were two key players in […]

Jeb Bush’s claim that Islamic State ‘didn’t exist when my brother was president’

“ISIS didn’t exist when my brother was president. Al Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out when my brother was president.” –Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), remarks during a business rountable in Portsmouth, N.H., May 20, 2015 Our colleague Robert Costa recently wrote an interesting article about how Republican presidential hopefuls plan to frame questions about […]

Setting the record straight on measuring fetal age and the ’20-week abortion’

“In no way, shape or form is a 20-week fetus viable. There’s no evidence of a 20-week fetus surviving, even with intensive medical care.” –American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Executive Vice President Hal Lawrence, quoted in a news article, May 13, 2015 Several readers requested The Fact Checker to examine claims related to the […]

National American Miss pageant: Fact checking its award claims

“Participants in our program have the opportunity to take home their share of more than $25,000 in cash and prizes being awarded at the Miss Virginia state pageant and over $500,000 in cash, prizes, college scholarships and a new 2015 Ford Mustang convertible being awarded at the national pageant.” –letter from the National American Miss […]

Clinton’s claim that it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in Canada or France

“It should not take longer to start a business in America than it does in Canada or France. But that is the fact.” — Hillary Clinton, during a small business discussion, Cedar Falls, Iowa, May 19, 2015  Our antenna always goes up when a politician asserts a “fact.” Clinton made this remark in the midst […]

Mark Kirk’s bizarre claim that Nelson Mandela dismantled South Africa’s nuclear program

“What would a good agreement look like? A good agreement in my view would be the agreement that Nelson Mandela signed with the international community to get rid of his four nuclear weapons that he had. … I have told many members of Congress, when they ask what does a good agreement look like, I […]

Hillary Clinton’s claim that hedge fund managers ‘pay a lower tax rate’ than nurses and truck drivers

“People aren’t getting a fair shake. Something is wrong when CEOs earn more than 300 times than what the typical American worker earns and when hedge fund managers pay a lower tax rate than truck drivers or nurses.” — Hillary Clinton, Cedar Falls, Iowa, May 19, 2015 “There’s something wrong when the average American CEO makes […]

Rick Santorum’s claim that he’s responsible for the ‘crushing sanctions’ on Iran

“Twelve years ago I introduced a bill on Iran to put sanctions in place. You know those crushing sanctions that brought Iran to the table? I was the author that put those sanctions in law twelve years ago. And I was opposed by none other than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the process.” — […]

Marco Rubio’s claim that President Bush said he would not have invaded Iraq

Charlie Rose: “If you look at the Iraq war, after finding out there were no weapons of mass destruction, would you, if you knew that, have been in favor of the Iraqi invasion?” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “Well, not only would I not have been in favor of it. President Bush would not have been […]

Clinton’s inaccurate claim that immigrant detention facilities have a legal requirement to fill beds

“I also think that we have to reform our detention system. … I’m not sure a lot of Americans know that a lot of the detention facilities for immigrants are run by private companies and that they have a built-in incentive to fill them up, that there is actually a legal requirement that so many beds […]

Lilly Ledbetter, Barack Obama and the famous ‘anonymous note’

“When I came into office, we passed something called the Lilly Ledbetter Act, named after a good friend of mine, Lilly Ledbetter, who had worked for years and found out long into her work that she had been getting paid all these years less than men, substantially. She brought suit. They said, well, it’s too […]

Ben Carson’s claim that the U.S. owes $211 trillion beyond the reported federal debt

“If you go to a financial adviser and, you know, you’re in trouble. … They’ll ask [you]: What do you own, and what do you owe? Well, we owe a lot. It’s not just the $18 trillion; it’s the $211 trillion of unfunded mandates as well.” – Ben Carson (R), speech announcing his presidential candidacy, […]

The most popular fact checks of April

In a somewhat unusual development, the most popular fact check of April earned a Geppetto: President Obama’s claim that the Affordable Care Act was a “major reason” in the prevention of 50,000 patient deaths. We never give as many Geppettos as we would like, and this was certainly an interesting issue. As we noted at the […]

Ted Cruz’s claim that tax compliance costs as much as the military budget

“We, right now, spend about $500 billion a year on tax compliance, on lawyers and accountants. That’s all wasted. That’s about the budget of our entire military.” – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), South Carolina Freedom Summit speech, May 9, 2015 Cruz is an outspoken critic of the tax system and code. He advocates “abolishing the […]

Clinton’s claim that illegal immigrants pay more in taxes than some corporations

“In New York, which I know a little bit about because I represented it for eight years and I live there now, our undocumented workers in New York pay more in taxes than some of the biggest corporations in New York.” –Hillary Clinton, roundtable in North Las Vegas, May 5, 2015 Several readers contacted The […]

Carly Fiorina’s misleading claims about her business record

“My track record at Hewlett-Packard is very clear. Together with the people of that great company, we took a business during the worst technology recession in 25 years. …We took a company and doubled it in size to almost $90 billion. We took the growth rate from two percent to nine percent. We tripled the […]

Clinton’s claim that no GOP candidate has consistently supported a path to citizenship

“We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship. Now, this is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side. Make no mistake: Today not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one.” –Hillary Clinton, roundtable in North Las Vegas, Nev., […]

Huckabee’s repeated claim that he passed ’94 tax cuts’ as governor

“I governed in a state that was the most lopsided and partisan in the country. … My friend, it was tough sledding, but I learned how to govern, and I learned how to lead. And even in that environment, we passed 94 tax cuts, rebuilt our road system, saw dramatic improvements in student test scores […]

Paul Ryan’s slick use of poverty rates to declare the ‘war on poverty’ a failure

“After a 50-year war on poverty and trillions of dollars spent, we still have the same poverty rates – 45 million people in poverty.” –Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” May 3, 2015 “If you did not have the Great Society war on poverty, 40 million more Americans would be in poverty.” […]

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