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. Really

    "CNN Liberal Bloggers try to Discredit GOP"...................

    November 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shandril

    Religious politicians who talk about saving money while sacrificing human lives (by denying citizens universal healthcare) to do it... what is wrong with this picture?

    November 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • chatmandu002

      Not providing universal healthcare is sacrificing human life? What a liberal/progressive/socialist fact-check planet do you live on?

      November 14, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • jeffro

      Romneycare in Massachusetts has been sucessful and is the framework of Obamacare. Democracy Hypocracy.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred M.

      @chatmandu002: Yes, not providing universal healthcare is sacrificing human life. People unable to afford adequate health care in the U.S. are dying as a result. Many die of cancer, coronary artery disease, and other diseases/conditions that, if detected in routine screenings, could have been successfully treated.

      People in countries with universal healthcare (i.e., just about every other developed country) have, on average, a significantly longer life expectancy than people in the U.S. Canadians have almost a 2.5 year longer lifespan than we do.

      Now I realize that this flies in the face of your extremist, right-wing, uninformed views, but "reality has a well-known liberal bias."

      November 14, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. harvey johnson

    Republicans don't care about anyone except rich republicans period.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • chatmandu002

      Keep drinking your liberal/progressive/socialist koolaide.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • heyjo

      They all get rich from inside trading

      November 14, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • sam9962

      @chatmandu...Im proud to be what you call a "koolaide drinking liberal" because atleast I'm true to my core Christian values! I would give the shirt off my back for my fellow American! Im proud to stand with the Party of the People. Cut backs are necessary and reform is a must....but that goes for everyone!!! Reviewing the GOP responses above not one came off as truthful. Sorry were not buying what your selling... Care for some more Koolaide?

      November 14, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Chatmandu... explain for us all, then, why the recent relenting on raising taxes (on second homes) by Republicans was paired by them with a proposed 7 percent tax cut for the wealthiest taking their tax rate down to 28 percent. If giving them low taxes creates jobs and stimulates the economy, where are all the jobs and the stimulation from the years of Bush tax cuts for the wealthy?

      November 14, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian Vandenberg

    Bravo, Truth Squad, bravo...

    So you fact checked four statements made in an hour and a half debate. Did everything else just sound true to you? Not a single statement sounded off enough to check it out and come up false? I feel you tagged "but incomplete" behind true and "misleading" just so it sounds like you actually did your job. The fact that you have links to the "truth" instead of putting them in an article with PLENTY of extra room tells me you really didn't find anything that juicy. I swear this looks like a 10th graders attempt to show he did his homework.

    Way to get to the bottom of things and find the scoop, you budding investigative reporters you.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • chatmandu002

      This article is just another chance for the liberal/progressive/socialist MSM to bash republicans.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Yes, Chatmandu... how dare they actually report at all on the veracity of claims made by politicians in debates... at least the Republican ones, anyway.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. topaz99

    The country would be far better off if it could completely remove all religion (no matter what religion) from politics. The country needs to focus on the issues and how best to solve them.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TB


      November 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Reminds me of old Tricky Dick Nixon. He could talk out of both sides of his mouth at the same time. Oh, pardon me – I am not a crook.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    But i like my yiddish masters..

    November 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. You are a disgusting human being

    Religion has been responsible for more human death and destruction than anything else human history. Open a real book for once and learn useful information instead of how to quote fairy tales.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      Guns and Religion don't kill people. People do.

      November 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of O'Reilly

      I doubt she'll even be ready by 2112, but in the meantime she will collect a lot of spending money to invest.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
    • cdiamond42

      yes people do kill in the name of religion you idiot. but anyone to name themselves after the biggest idiot, ignorant, bigoted, dumb-ass in presidential race history i would expect no less.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hector

    Pathetic atheist,

    If by religion you mean Judeo-Bolshevism, which caused between 60 and 100 million deaths (of Christians) in Russia, then yes, religion has caused very, very much human suffering. How about instead of reading kosher-certified atheist garbage, you read the Bible or other Jew-wise literature. You are one disgusting rat.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TB

      “Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.” – Steven Weinberg

      November 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in San Diego

      Hector you are sad human being. You say to read the bible not kosher certified atheist garbage. The bible that you keep referring to was in fact written by Jews. Jesus, his parents, his disciples, Mark, Luke, John, Mark, John the Baptist, etc were all Jews. The old testament readings in your church were all written by Jews. You need a history, sociology, and most importingly a theological lesson.

      November 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Uh, pick up a history book.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • TSIndiana

      Read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (which are proven fabricated, yet relevent), watch "theamericandreamfilm" on youtube and then lets have a debate.

      As a Christian, I don't want Isreal and the Jewish people to suck my country into their endless religious wars and it is clear the debt based monetary system, where gentiles pay interest on every dollar made since 1913 is not sustainable. WE cannot continue to borrow to run the US government while Rothchilds profit in the extreme.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave in San Diego

    Hector, I believe you need to know your history and the facts before you put your foot in your mouth. I am Catholic since birth but at least I know enough about my savior and his history to know that 1) Jesus was and is in fact a Jew 2) He also was judged, convicted, and crucified by Romans. 3) The people he was trying to save were Jews not Christians. Christianity was not even a religion yet. Dont spread incorrect facts as truth in the name of our Lord. Also,it is very apparent that you are Anti-Semitic and that us very sad. It is you who is in fact sad but I will still pray for you.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      ideology, tribalism and greed. not religion.

      Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot. They racked up a score that is far in excess of anything attributable to religion.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. againstthegov

    just watched the 60 minutes episode on congressman using the internal information to buy stocks to become millionaires. what an insight. no wonder they do nothing about taxing corporations and spreading the money with the poor. politicians are hand in hand with corporations to become rich themselves. gets worse with the republicans, but honestly democrats are just as bad.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick

    Is this what you call "fact-checking"?! Ugh...

    November 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. IDK

    I love how Ron Paul is never caught misleading the public.... a true statesmen.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. macsuirtain

    Church and state do not mix. Never did. Never will.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. macsuirtain

    I was raised R.C. and at no time were jews implicated in the death of Christ. John 8:44 does not mention the jews either.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
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