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. Steven

    Ron Paul only speaks truth. RON PAUL!!!

    November 13, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • djwazu

      The only sane person on that panel.

      November 13, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Too old, too senile, too Republican. We don't need another Reagan. Obama 2012.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • karen wharton

      The guy who killed off his campaign adviser at age 55 because he was too cheap to buy his employees health care. Yeah, that's exactly what the US needs: a sociopathic Randroid.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Ron Paul??
      That's a great choice, why don't we just burn every scientific research facility to the ground?
      He doesn't think they need funding, so why pay to maintain the buildings?

      November 13, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      yeah he does seem to be the only one laying out the truth – that the only way to reduce our debt is to cut the programs that 80% of our gov's income goes to (interest on debt, SSI, HHS, and DOD) – but he makes EVERYBODY mad when he does – he gets boo'd at his own debates, he scares the heck out of the dependents (I mean Democrats) and his social agenda is the opposite of progress. Alas, he can't win. And if he did, congress will not allow him to do anything he's talking about....same can be said for any of these people, and Obama for that matter – although we have alot of evidence of how Obama's philosophy has sunk us faster than ever. Face it, we are screwed.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible government money goes into Social Security. That is a 'right-wing lie'. The money for SSI comes from the people who pay into it. It would be solvent, too, if the government hadn't 'borrowed' billions from it in the past!

      November 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maximusvad

    The truth has never been the GOPs friend. That's why FOX was created.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • JustWho

      FOX has wasted an awful lot of electricity promoting waste in government.

      November 13, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • 2tor

      Anything would be an improvement over the mega waste this administration is throwing out.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      .....but 2tor, that money was 'wasted' trying to get this economy moving again. It is a direct result of the republican's mismanagement BEFORE Obama took office. There would be no need for 'bailouts', TARP, and other incentives if the economy wasn't headed off the cliff in 2007!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      lol – look at these posts – Obama and the Dems in congress up to 2010 spent more money than any administration EVER (2 years versus 4 -8 years) – they are absolutely right to point out repubs (or bush) did it too – but they seem blinded by the fact that it's way way worse now. And what has it gotten us? look at the debt clock, look at unemployment, look at how taxes are going to have to go up, look at how many Americans now find themselves dependent on government...listen to what the OWS idiots are actually saying. How long can Obama claim this is all Bush's fault? Truth: it is Bush's fault, and Obama's fault....and a bunch of other people doing what Americans demand – so it's our fault in the end.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible's not how much you spend, it's what you spend it on. Pres. Bush spent on 2 wars and bailing out his wall street cronies. Pres. Obama spent it on infrastructure, (union)workers, stimulus, etc. to get our economy moving, which, as I said would not have been necessary if the country had not been on the verge of a depression WHEN he took office. Can you name any spending Pres. Obama did that was NOT focused on stimulating the economy???? Name the waste, if you can!

      November 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rich Lee

    The truth squad is a left wing group trying to control the mood and thought of the public. They need to scrutinize the first three years of Obummer objectively on all aspects noy just those that satisfy their leanings.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • AZpatriot

      @Rich Lee:you need to scrutinize the last ten years objectively
      and then put the blame where it really lies.

      November 13, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      Rich – regardless of who does it, FOX or everyone NOT FOX, the truth hurts doesn't it!

      November 13, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • 2tor

      Not that it would do much good, but hes right. We need folks to shine the light on all the waste, from stimulus to green, that this poorly managed administration has spent

      November 13, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |

      President Obama put the Bush wars back on the books
      and you republicans scream, look at how much he has raised the debt.
      You are so hellbent on protectiing your "brand", that you swallow the lies like lemmings
      off a cliff.

      November 13, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Yeah Rich..... the truth is left wing.....the righties don't want anything to do with the truth!!!!! You are absolutely correct! Thanks for making MY point!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      Yeah, that Obummer bit tells us all we need to know about your objectivity. And your IQ.

      November 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. patthemick

    Ron Paul finishes third or better in most polls and is asked fewer questions than Huntsman,Bachmann and Gingrich? We are getting screwed by the media and their corporate military industrial masters. I never thought I'd be sounding like a hippie but this is ridiculous. I've got a feeling though that the American voter is getting on to this and still have hope.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. abscam

    Saying CNN has a truth squad is like saying a pig is beautiful.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • djwazu

      Hey scamer did you read it? None of it said false!

      November 13, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      Abscam, your just upset that there are different points of view and that not everyone is FOX News. CNN is probably the only neutral news oriented organization left in the US.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • tenesseered

      Cnn and the truth don't neccessarily collide often in the same sentence. I can't say I've ever seen cnn "fact check" democrats. I wonder why?

      November 13, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      I guess that's because you haven't been looking. I HAVE seen many times they have 'fact checked' President Obama, as well as congress!!! Keep looking(with your eyes open)!

      November 13, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. abscam

    Need to thank CNN for all the publicity being given live to the mob in Portland.Without the media they would be too dumb to congregate and for that matter even know why they are congregating.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. slippery

    Don"t need a truth squad – trickle down economics will always make all of us rich!!

    November 13, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • 2tor

      Then you should love Obama, he's taken it to new heights.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shawn Irwin

    I see the news organizations are still up to their old tricks, they always put the candidates in a specific order, with their choices in the middle. Most people may think this is trivial, but give it some thought, and you will realize it is not.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. MrMattKFC

    What about Ron Paul? The guy who intimidated the media by speaking the TRUTH?

    November 13, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    I like the truth squad, it puts the truth toward the quasy sorta truth. Bush put us 10 Trillion in debt? I thought it was only 9.3 trillion.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      it's very easy to look up – please do so

      November 13, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. rikers

    Politicians always mislead, and Obama is the worst.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Willy Brown

    The left wing media has truth? Yeah right

    November 13, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Independent

    Ron Paul deserves more then just 89 60 min of Q- time. I d like to hear from others candidates not just media-chosen ones!!

    November 13, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I would not vote for Ron Paul. His supporters are sincerely behind him.
    BTW: yes, I did read and understand his ideas for his potential presidency.
    I say no.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • AZpatriot

      @JIF:agree. he is a little off.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • TSIndiana

      Then you must like the status quo, because he's the only one with balls enough to make real change...including the lawyer in chief.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Null

    Mitt Romney is the liberal democrat selection for the Republican primary. I know of -no- conservatives who plan on voting for him.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      yup, but, would you vote for him over Obama – sad that this is going to be our choice.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      Good, then you've already lost and you can shut this dog and pony show down

      November 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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