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. Mo Hamhead

    I'm aware that Pubs lie... no doubt about it. But I'll have a lot more confidence in the 'CNN Truth Squad' when they finally take on the matter of Obama's promise to use federal campaign funding and his commitment to being out of Iraq in 16 months and closing Gitmo and not rendering any more terror suspects to countries known to torture... hell, I'll make it simple: start with identifying the 57th U.S. state that Obama is convinced is out there...

    Believe it: Obama and the Dems are every bit the lying thieves that the GOP are... Hillary, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Emanuel, Feith, Geithner, Greenspan, Summers, Pelosi, Boehner, Kerry, McCain... who would trust any of them?

    November 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • CheeseSteak

      Then all you are saying is that when the prisons let out all of the criminals, they all got elected and went to Washington? Seems accurate.

      November 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LouieD

      I'd be able to take your point a whole lot more seriously if you hadn't brought up the nonsense about the "57th" state. Generally speaking, if someone can't logically deduce that Obama meant to say "47th state" in the context of what he was talking about, it's highly doubtful that they'd be a good judge of who's "lying" and what exactly they're "lying" about.

      November 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeInCarolina

      Obama wasn't in this debate. You're just changing the subject to avoid the facts right under your nose. There's not one totally true statement on this list of comments. I guess you don't have anything to say about that.

      November 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo Hamhead

      @'MikeInCarolina': "...not one totally true statement on this list of comments..."

      You think Obama didn't lie about promising to use federal campaign funds for the '08 general election? You think he didn't make a 'firm commitment to getting out of Iraq in 16 months' and then break that promise? You think he didn't claim he'd close Gitmo and stop rendering terror suspects to countries known to torture?

      You are totally clueless... a completely mindless Obamatron; keep drinking the KoolAid; you deserve him.

      As to the 57th state, the reference was to the multi-day, front page coverage of the little doofus Perry and his 'brain fart' a few days back; it's probably not the best thing for the country that CNN and the rest of MSM won't cover the field of candidates, including Obama, honestly. And imagine what 'racists' MSM would have been if they'd carried Obama's bumble so glaringly a couple of years ago...

      November 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      Somebody ran out of tinfoil to make hats with!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cel

    misleading, true but incomplete ? isn't that the same thng as FALSE ? I was always taught that if anything contained an element of falsehood, it was all false. Logic dictates that, emotion encourages lies. Cut the emotional retoric and get to the real truth. Everybody running for any political office is on a power trip to satisfy their own ego.

    November 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • grif99999

      If they pointed out all the false info the Dems would have nothing left to say.

      November 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of Rooney

      True but incomplete is not at all the same as false. I take it you failed those classes!

      November 14, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cindy

    During this debate of all these GOP extremists, all I could see was the 1964 Daisy add playing over and over! Scary, scary, scary!

    November 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Wow, you're old!

      November 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edward smith

    I think it is a good idea if unbiased analysis is provided by CNN. Seems for fairness that the "truth squad" should be evaluating the public statements by President Obama and the top figures in his administration since they are also in the campaign mode.

    November 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeInCarolina

      This story is about the GOP debate. Maybe you didn't notice, but Obama is not a GOP candidate and is not included in this analysis. You're just trying to change the subject to avoid dealing with the GOP's misleading and false comments.

      November 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ed

    CNN Truth Squad? Give me a break.

    November 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jay

    This is one scary group LOL ... my eyes burn. Hmm Bachmann who wants to bring back the Regan Years and Fight the Drug War more, Perry seems inside racist non christian soul sucker who also wants to fight our troops in Mexico and start make the war on drugs huge, Cain loves the ass and giving raises by grabbing ass lol but may have some brains but most likely will be greedy and sit on middle class.... I cant go on I just puked in my mouth.

    November 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A wolf in sheep's clothing

    CNN "Truth Squad". That's a good one.

    November 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of O'Reilly

      Almost as good as "Fair and balanced" on your beloved Fox, right?

      November 14, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. John

    The GOP Is why America Is In the dept It In now. And Now In this super committee they want to add to the deficit by keeping the BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH that will costs America four Trillions dollars. The BUSH TAX CUTS need to be stop and stop now.

    November 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tom

    HECTOR: YOU ARE A PATHETIC IDIOT. Don't like what I'm saying? Too f-kin bad, DEAL WITH IT! IT'S TRUE!!!! 2nd Amendment baby!!

    November 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hector

      Wow - I simply state what I believe and you start hounding me. What happened to tolerance? Give me one reason why I am a pathetic idiot, tommy boy? And please don't use the standard "anti-Semite" BS.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hickenlooper

    Maybe they will not have to worry about any wars, if all this stuff flying around the earth starts crashing. That p.o.s the Russians lofted into space is a flying bomb, with no control. Look to the sky. Or ask Palin, she knows all about that stuff. She has seen Putin from her kitchen window. Or was it the front yard?

    November 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dudley0415

    Can't wait to see if CNN's "Truth Squad" (Ha!) does the same with the Democratic debates, If the Libs can come up with a second nominee in the primaries, I mean.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • exprc2424

      That's the real hoot. As lame as Obama is, they can't find a single one of them that might smell better.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      Did you just land on this planet?

      First of all, yeah, the press does run fact-checks on Democrats, too. Second of all, the President's party generally doesn't run challengers in a primary after his first term, the way the opposing party does.

      Get a clue.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of O'Reilly

      dudley doesn't know diddly

      November 14, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. MikeInCarolina

    You sound like a real good Christian who ignores the Fruits of The Spirit and anything else that doesn't coincide with your bigoted views.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      Who are you directing your comment too? Because if you are directing it towards me, you really should use the "REPLY" hyperlink provided, otherwise others including myself get the idea your talking to yourself.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      You mean "talking to yourself", kind of like what Christians do when they close their eyes before eating dinner?

      November 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed Sr

    CNN never deals in the truth!

    November 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. justin

    once again the GOP morons are accusing CNN or in thier view 'commie news network.' of lying & distorting facts. Or going out of thier way to shame the GOP because thats what liberal journalists do. Stop crying these fools are crazy.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    Free #WeCantWait NObama Bumper Sticker

    November 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
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