October 12th, 2011
03:37 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking the GOP debate

CNN's Truth Squad fact checked some of the claims made at Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire.

We'll take a look at some of the questions posed to the candidates, then share with you how they answered the question. The topics range from discussions about health care decisions, uninsured children, health care's association with unemployment, Americans' spending habits and job creation in Texas.

Our Truth Squad team delves deep into the candidate's responses to see just how true the candidate's claims ring before delivering their verdict.

Will political appointees be making all of your health care decisions?

At Tuesday night's GOP Presidential Debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann criticized the Affordable Care Act claiming the health care plan puts political appointees in charge of medical decisions that are currently made by patients and their doctors.

The Statement: "The way that Obamacare runs, there is a board called IPAB. It's made up of 15 political appointees. These 15 political appointees will make all the major health care decisions for over 300 million Americans. I don't want 15 political appointees to make a health care decision for a beautiful fragile 85-year-old woman who should be making her own decision. - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota

Truth Squad verdict: False

Read why

Who has fewer uninsured kids?

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney countered Texas Governor Rick Perry's criticism of Romney's health care plan with an assertion that his health care policies made Massachusetts the No. 1 state when it comes to insuring children, while Texas remains at the bottom.

The Statement: "I'll tell you this, though. We have the lowest number of kids, as a percentage, uninsured, of any state in America. You have the highest... We have less than 1 percent of our kids - they're uninsured. You have a million kids uninsured in Texas - a million kids." - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, directly addressing Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Truth Squad verdict: True, but incomplete

Read why

Is health care reform the top reason employers aren't hiring?

For the second straight Republican presidential debate, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Tuesday said that the health care reform act championed by President Barack Obama is the No. 1 reason that employers aren't hiring.

At Tuesday night's debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, Bachmann made the assertion after fellow GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney asked her what she would do, beyond tax reform, to "get people back to work." She said that, among other things, she would repeal 2010's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. When she made the same job-hindrance assertion September 22 at the GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Florida, she said her source was a study released that week by Swiss banking giant UBS.

The Statement: "But the No. 1 reason that employers say that they aren't hiring today is Obamacare." - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota

Truth Squad verdict: Misleading

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Has government spending grown since JFK?

After being shown a video clip in which then-President Ronald Reagan called for reducing deficits and "raising revenue for those who are not now paying their fair share," former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a plea for cutting federal spending.

The Statement: "If you go back a few years before that clip and go to JFK's time, the government at all levels - federal, state and local - was consuming about 27 percent of the U.S. economy. Today it consumes about 37 percent of the U.S. economy." - Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

Truth Squad verdict: True, but incomplete

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Do most Americans say less spending is only solution?

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said Americans agree that cutting spending and balancing the budget is the answer to fixing the economy, not raising taxes.

The Statement: "The American people want to see growth and jobs, and they believe that the right way to do it is by cutting back on the scale of government. And they're right." - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

Truth Squad verdict: True, but incomplete

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Has Texas created jobs as America was losing them?

Texas Governor Rick Perry credited his leadership for the creation of jobs in Texas as the rest of the country was shedding many more.

The statement: "While this country was losing 2-1/2 million jobs, Texas was creating 1 million jobs. That's the kind of leadership that America's longing for, someone that actually understands that you have to be able to give a climate where people know they can risk their capital and have a chance to have a return on that investment." - Texas Governor Rick Perry

Truth Squad: Misleading

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Boomer in Mo

    Edwin, politicians lie all the time. All of them. They say and do what they are paid to do, and you know the common man ain't paying them. It's the rich and mega business who control all of our federal government, much of our states' government and even local government. Money is the only thing that matters to American politicians.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • a.turley

      YOU ARE 100% CORRECT!

      October 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    Why do you brainless conservs. keep useing the word " liberal " as a bad curse word?? Oh yeah because all you mindless stupid sobs can not think for yourselfs so your reduced to repeating a word or statement you heard at one of your republican worshiping rallies,right wing radio hate propoganda, or the lying slanted consertive media. Liberal=open, moving,progressive.........conserative=closed,holding back, stagnent. The latter smells like crap to me.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • cronewinter

      When will people on both sides learn that name calling and insults are not reasonable debate.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jean

    Why can't you do this during the debate?? I would love to see a loud buzzer go off every time one of the canidates doesn't tell the truth!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. talshar

    I would love to see a loud buzzer go off every time one of the canidates doesn't tell the truth.

    ^^ Would sound like a fire alarm. Everyone would have to run for the door.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u.

    GOP and TRUTH are two words that just don't go together.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Drew

    Republicans speak with forked tongue..as usual!!

    October 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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