Truth Squad: Fact checking the GOP debate
November 13th, 2011
05:50 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 Spartanburg, South Carolina. We'll take a look at some of the questions posed to the candidates, then share with you how they answered the question.

Romney: Repealing health plan will save billions

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney targeted the Affordable Care Act during Saturday's Republican candidates' debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, saying a repeal would save billions of dollars.

The statement: "A lot of programs we like but we simply can't afford. The first one we'll eliminate, however, we're happy to get rid of. That's Obamacare. And that'll save us $95 billion by my fourth year," Romney said.

The verdict: True, but incomplete

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Bachmann: CIA interrogation is lacking

The statement: During Saturday night's Republican candidates' debate on national security issues, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said the United States has nowhere to take terrorists for interrogation and said the CIA does not interrogate anymore.

The verdict: Misleading

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Santorum challenges Obama, Bush on Iran funding

The Statement: "I've been working on Iran since back in 2004 and proposed exactly the things that Herman and Mitt Romney suggested, which was to give money to the rebel forces there to help the pro-democracy movement and put tough sanctions in place. I was opposed by President Bush, and yet we were able to overcome that and pass the Iran Freedom and Support Act. I was able to get that done, and then President Bush didn't provide money for the pro-democracy movement and President Obama cut that money."

The verdict: Misleading

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Bachmann challenges administration on deficit

The statement: "In October, we just added another $203 billion in debt. When you consider the last time that Republicans controlled the budget, it was 2007 and debt was $160 billion per year. For every man, woman and child in the United States, it means each of us took $650 in debt for the month of October," Bachmann said.

The verdict: True, but incomplete

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  1. harry

    These republican candidates are clones of Bush.

    November 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brent

    This is a great summation of the GOP party right now

    November 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hankelow

    When the CNN Truth Squad does investigating reporting on Michael Moore's claim "not to be a millionaire" and "not part of the 1%," then I'll start believing that CNN is serious about balanced reporting. When one reported asked him if he lived in a a million dollar house, he got angry and called the reporter a liar. So people want to know, is MM a millionaire of isn't he? The closest MM management to come to admitting the obvious, is when he said that he does very well. MM would have the country believe that all millionaires, all the ones except the Hollywood kind, are corrupt.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damo

      CNN is using its factcheckers here on people running for office.

      Michael Moore is not running for office.

      The verdict: Misleading

      December 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick Richardson

    By Cain pulling out let's see what the GOP contenders will gain. Nothing new, Romney more money from his PAC's, Newt possibly a new girlfriend,Bachman a new book,Perry,cash from his corporate cronies. Choose anyone from the rest of the GOP contenders and that person would be better than the aforementioned group combined.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
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