Truth Squad: Fact checking the GOP debate
January 8th, 2012
02:28 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking the GOP debate

CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the claims made at Saturday night's Republican presidential debate in Manchester, 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.

Paul: Santorum voted to raise debt limit

Rep. Ron Paul challenged Sen. Rick Santorum's voting record on raising the federal government's debt limit.

The statement: "He's a big government, big spending individual because, you know, he preached to the fact he wanted a balanced budget amendment, but voted to raise the debt five times." - Ron Paul.

The verdict: True

Read why

Did President Obama call Iran elections legitimate?

Sen. Rick Santorum said that President Barack Obama "tacitly supported" the results of the disputed Iranian elections.

The statement: "He tacitly supported the results of the election. (President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad announced right after the election polls were closed, he won with 60-some percent of the vote and the president said that sounds like a legitimate election."- Rick Santorum.

The verdict: False

Read why

Was Gingrich eligible for the draft?

Rep. Ron Paul challenged Newt Gingrich on whether or not he asked for a deferment during the Vietnam War. "I think people who don't serve when they could and they get three or four or even five deferments aren't - they have no right to send our kids off to war and not be even against the wars we have," Ron Paul said.

The statement: "The fact is, I never asked for deferment. I was married with a child. It was never a question." – Newt Gingrich

The verdict: True, but incomplete

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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Do we standby as the rich corporations select our next puppet president?
    See what you can do, go to http://fixourgovernment.doodlekit.com/home

    January 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. J

    You know what, all I hear is Obama, Obama, Obama. None of you have the audacity to speak about the true culprits of our demise and that is congress. It's easy to pick on the person who has the spot light... pathetic.

    January 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. AtlProfGuy

    Would CNN fact check to see if Newt was eligible to go to Vietnam? That was a big point in last nights debate, and you guys CNN didn't fact check it? So....was Newt Gingrich eligible to volunteer and join the military or participate in the draft? Please fact check it.

    January 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Fr33d0m

    Why dont you guys knock it off with this political party rubbish. Both parties are destroying the country, Defending Obama or a Republican just because they are in your party no matter how much further they shove this country down the drain is a disgrace. How bout we worry about whats best for america not the Republican or Democratic party.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Nicole

    RON PAUL!!!! The guy's a genius. Anyone but Obama!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Biblican

    Ron Paul is a modern day Founding Father. He's the true Conservative.

    January 10, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
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