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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  1. harland

    I'd like to see you apply your "Truth Squad" to every statement Obama makes.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • it's about time

      or Boehner

      January 8, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Katherine

      And I'd like to see the Republican Party removed from the American Political scene, once and for all.

      January 8, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanSam

      They fact check Obama, it's all good man. I just don't know about a liberal bias in the media. I think the truth is simply biased against Conservatives.

      I mean, you have to know at CNN they tell them, "Tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth," but at FOX it's all about, "All major networks have a liberal bias, so let's counterbalance that!" Instead of FOX actually trying to make an unbiased news network, they think the answer is to make a Conservative one. It's redonkulous and they're an arm of the Republican Party machine.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • TwinsMom

      Good one and oh so true!

      January 8, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I think the media spends to much time on Mitt he can't even answer a straigh forward question. Mitt talks like Obama he tells what people want to hear. Newt tells the facts and in details. Newt is the top contender in this Republican race to the white house. Newt would turn around this couintry give governemnt back to the people of America. Out of all the candiates Newt and Herman cain would be a great combination to America.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • rep

      It amazes me that in this day and age when folks spend 30 seconds asking a question that takes just 10 seconds to search & find the answers on Google.

      Check Politifact. *Many* politicians' statements are fact checked there–including hundreds of Obama's promises and statements You might be surprised to note that while not perfect by any means the president's track record on both promises and statements is relatively good...esp compared to many Republicans.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

      Obama is not seeking the Republican nomination. This article is about the misfits, seeking that nomination. You like so many other sock puppets can't wrap your pea sized brain around the fact not everything is about Obama. You have nothing else, no facts, no insight, no reality, you only have your hatred for Obama. Think much or does it make smoke come out of your ears?

      January 8, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      @ Susan.... you would pick the two perverts....

      January 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. F. D. Biddle

    How about the "Truth Squad" being applied to President Obama?

    January 8, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • rep

      Check Politifact.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      @biddle piddle..... they will when it's time for the general election. First they have to fact check the liars in the republican party (takes up all their time).

      January 8, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. big Al of KC

    CNN Fact Checking? Is like a wolf in a chicken coop.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Don't like facts, do you Al?

      January 8, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Truth Squad is a Joke

    ...CNN would never, ever, ever, run a a truth squad article on obo. First off, they would have to hire another 100 staffers to track down all the crap and lies that obo has shovled onto the American people. Probably not worth it since he's gone in 10 months anyway.....

    January 8, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Baitius

      You got that right.

      January 8, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanSam

      Nah Obama's a good guy. Not perfect but he's way better than your Republicans.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Frothiest

      The statement: "CNN would never, ever, ever, run a a truth squad article on obo. First off, they would have to hire another 100 staffers to track down all the crap and lies that obo has shovled onto the American people. Probably not worth it since he's gone in 10 months anyway....."

      The verdict: False.

      Here's why: CNN would gladly run a truth squad article on Obama if they could find anything substantial false that he has said. This being not the case, a truth squad article on Obama would not be very effective other than to reinforce the validity of everything he has said. On the other hand, Republicans have a history of spreading misinformation at every opportunity if it suits their interests (ex: the Birthers) so we have this truth squad to address that.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

      CNN in fact has run several "fact check" articles in reference to Obama. Just because you refuse to acknowledge it makes it none the less factual. One that comes to mind is based on the absurd accusation by mindless misfits of the conservative and republican mantra was that Obama was not a citizen and ineligible to be President. Do you have anything factual to add to this discussion or do you just want to create your own facts, like most anti-Obama trolls?

      January 8, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. big Al of KC

    @thn. You do have a point! Nice to see straight talk for once besides me and a very few others!

    January 8, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Julnor

    The biggest error of the night was on the last question when several of them said they'd be watching the championship football game. Idiots, that game is on Monday.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. JIm

    CNN and truth should not be used in the same sentence.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Frothiest

      You are mistaken, CNN is very unbiased. You should be saying Fox News and truth shouldn't be used in the same sentence.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. pennsylvania pumpkin

    America is not quite ready for a first lady who had a multi-year affair with a married man.
    Ta Ta, Callista!

    January 8, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Obama from KFC...

    Yo,'z and Chelle are over her at KFC enjoying some breakfast and it's lifting out hearts to have CNN on our side looking out for the liars in the GOP. With all our taxpayer trips to Hawaii and Africa for me, Chelle's and our extended families, I'z just don't have the time to track down all those GOP scoundrels saying lies like we have 9% unemployment, 15+ trillizzon in debt and a housing crisis. You'z keep up the good work CNN...and NBC, ABC, CBS, New York Times, MSNBC and we'll be able to bamboozle the American peps once again next Nov........peace out. –obo

    January 8, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanSam

      You know racism went out of style in the 60's. Plus it makes you a bad person. If you have a problem with the President, say so. But don't be a racist.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

      Is that the best an obvious bigot can come up with? Epic fail.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Louis Cioccio

    All I have to say in 1966 I was 20 and the first part of my serial number was RA not NG or ER and I had better things to do than have other citizens who claim they are patriotic. At least Ron Paul served in the Air Force but for others who had more important things to do or kept the Vietcong from attacking the Gulf of Mexico and having two UNFUNDED wars come on who are they fooling.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Frothiest

    Running a truth squad on Obama wouldn't make very good news because the results would look something like: True, true, true, true... on infinity.
    Fact checking the Republicans is much more interesting because their statements don't usually reflect the truth as much as their own self-serving interests.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama from KFC...

      ...that's right....I have been telling the whole truth. You can keep your healthcare. I'm also getting you a free kitchen.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Portland tony

    Good Lord....This was a political discourse. No one speaks the truth. You should investigate who actually does tell the truth and their motivation and why!

    January 8, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. the facts.

    You people act like one party is better than the other. NONE of them care anything about you, your family, or your way of life..much less your pursuit of blindly believe the lies they tell you and fight with each other over nothing that you can control.having your own views is one thing, but the venom that is spewed from both sides is another. I personally haven't liked the past two presidents but instead of jumping on the hate bandwagon, you have to respect the fact that while you may not like the sitting president, he was elected by a majority (electoral college debate to follow) of your fellow countrymen.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

      I am not "acting" like one party is better than other. I know it is. The Democratic party represents "We the People". The primary focus of the vast majority of Democrats is "people". It is just the opposite for Republicans. Republicans represent business and greed. Republicans fail to recognize the most basic of all matters.. without people, there is no need for business. People should take priority over business, unless you happen to be a greedy slug.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Common Tater

    I'm curious. Why are the Republican lemmings even reading CNN? They have their own lie-spewing network – Fox "News", which admitted years ago that it's really an entertainment (i.e. comedy) network. Problem is, the people that watch this show are too stupid to understand this and all Fox does is rile them up in order to boost ratings so they can charge more for advertising. Jesse Fell got it right – Ron Paul is the only honest one up there but he's senile. Gingrich, who has cheated on two wives, is now apparently God's spokesman – defending religion, with his helmet haired wife on his arm (Jesus is rolling in his grave.) Mitt just stands there and smiles, thinking if he can just deflect the truth long enough, he will be the nominee and will likely win the Presidency. Not because he's the best, but because half the voters are idiots, the other half (Democrats) don't vote, and the other half aren't even registered to vote (Ross Perot math (remember him?)) From what I see, the Republican solution to full employment is to do away with clean air and water (because this prevents companies from making obscene profits), do away with social welfare (so they can increase corporate welfare), forgive the ultra-rich and mega-corporations from paying any income taxes (that's what we have the middle class for) and basically turn the US of A into a third-world country. Bush almost did it. One of these guys wants to finish the job. Hint: learn Chinese.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Well said.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. PD Gupta

    As a president Mr. Obama would never publicly mislead anybody for any political or personal advantage because our memories of what happened to President Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Bush Jr., is still fresh and unforgivable and Mr. Obama knows the consequences of misleading the Nation while in the White House. Bringing President Obama in this Republican Primary debate is too early and is also a recipe for eventual downfall of all his opponents.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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