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. fearlessdude

    It is easy to know when these so called Republican vannabees are lying: watch them, if their lips move they are lying.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave in San Diego

    Hector you are completely wrong again. Judaism is what Jews practice. It has been a religion dating back to Abraham. Every person you quoted in your incorrect post practiced Judaism including Jesus. Jesus was in fact a Rabbi. This is why he was able to conduct services inside the Temple in Jerusalem. This is all fact and historically accurate. I suggest you talk to historians and theologians versed in this subject and time period.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. heyjo

    to CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked. I sure wished you had checked all the facts on Obama and we wouldn't be in this big mess. You guys will not report the Truth.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Which truth would that be? And I guess you forgot... these same sorts of things were done when Obama was running for office and he was as subject to them as anyone else. I guess when your memory is that short its easy to generate false outrage.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. CBR

    The Republicans could improve the economy if they would sit down and work through the problems. Mr. Romney has health insurance but he is not advocating for health insurance for the American people. The economy is floundering and the Republican position seems to be sit on your hands and do nothing to help President Obama. What a strategy! They get their pay and perks. They get fantastic health care insurance. They have offices and staffs all paid for by the people. It is amazing that they can be so stingy. Those people who are serving in Congress need to understand that citizens pay for all of this for them. However, they do nothing in return to deserve all their are getting.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. captnavenger

    I don't get it. An "incomplete" truth is a lie.

    Is CNN just afraid to call these people what they are?

    Look, CNN, if I tell half a truth to mislead, and misleading causes somebody to die, I have not only lied, I have been complicit in somebody's death. Same thing here. Just because nobody has died – yet – doesn't make what these people are doing any less wrong. Call these people the liars they are.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. captnavenger


    You are the ignorant one. Give up your flying spaghetti monster and his mysterious missing son now, before your ignorance and stupidity lead you to kill somebody.

    Or you can just give me your money and property the next time some nut job on the radio tells you the rapture is coming.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Hector

      I do not subscribe to the erroneous rapture predictions, nor do I support John Hagee or similar Kosher preachers - I am simply a Christian doing my duty, which is battling against Satan and his minions (the Jews and their helpers, such as yourself). It's funny you refer to Christ as "missing", which was made popular by Jewish "intellectuals" in order to marginalize their greatest enemy, Christianity.

      The Jews really have got you by the balls LOL.

      November 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. angryoldguy

    To Hector-the really disgusting people are the whacked-out nutjobs, full of hatred, like yourself. A forum of discussion, of opinions should be for ideas that make sense, controversial as that might be. But I can see no reason for spewing lunacy and bigotry as an opinion worth noting or even listening too. Get some therapy friend or at least some meds, then try to put together some coherent thoughts that don't sound like neo-nazi rantings.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Franklin

    I think misleading is a better word to descide Michelle Bachman. Michelle Bachman and the Republican Party's problem is they do not acknowledge that THE FINANCIAL FALLOUT IN SEPTEMBER 2008 OCCURRED! i remeber when ATM machin es came with 24 Hours of shutting down. Evindentally, A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT FACT OR THEY HAVE A SHORT MEMORY.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • seletar

      A red herring, Franklin, and false as well. The major damage control was done with TARP, which has been almost entirely paid back (loans, not handouts). That TARP payback has actually reduced Obama's ridiculous deficits.
      Obama's "solutions" have almost entirely been handouts to his friends and cohorts, plus completely unrelated increases in federal govt programs. At the same time, Obama and pals have resisted even simple no-brainers such as eliminating tax credits and unemployment checks for millionaires. As for that emergency that was averted by Oabam's supposed quick action, remember he demanded that the stimulus bill be in his desk instantly, but when it was put on his desk he went on vacation and did not sign it til he got back.
      Obama is a BUM, and no amount of rubbish revisionist history is going to alter that fact.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ghost of Rooney

    But didn't Jesus know he would die and that it was God's will and actually it was the Romans who committed the deed – so why bear a grudge against the Jews?

    November 14, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • TSIndiana

      Jesus was Jewish and after he threw the money changers out of the temple (which was the only time the Bible recalls his violence)....the chief priests and scribes (Jewish) got together and talked Pontious Pilot (sorry spelling) (the governor) into killing him by totrure. They wanted to do it without a trial but Pilot made them have one to appear "legal". It was clearly revenge from the priests because he stood up to the evil (religious deeds, killing, endless wars and other persecution of "the gentiles").

      But throwing the money changers out of the temple was the straw that broke the camels back, so to speak, so the Jewish priests and their many followers killed him by torture He suffered for three days nailed on a cross with spikes of poison locus mashed into his head. That (his crown) was the revenge for his followers calling him the "King of the Jews".

      Now they (the money changers) are in control of the churches AND the government.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Elena

    All I got from this debate was Rick Perry's desire to throw Israel under the bus. His campaign statements here:

    prove that while his campaign might care about Israel, Perry does not. I can't wait for him to just drop out of the race altogether. Absolutely shocking comments.

    November 14, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • henry

      How about you stand on your own feet and don't let israel run the u s a

      November 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • seletar

      Complete nonsense. Why are liberals all brain-dead?

      November 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ron johnson

    all you people on this blog are blind wasting your time arguing back and forth doing just want politicians, your comments doesnt change the fact that this once proud nation is headed for destruction!!!!

    November 14, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Garza

      Well said....

      November 14, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
    • SeattleMike5

      I can't remember a year since grade school when people (mostly rural people, frankly) weren't claiming that the economy stinks and the country is going to hell in a handbasket. Every year, every election. Wake up.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TSIndiana

    Read "The Protoc.ols of the Elders of Zio..n" and come back (eleminate dots). Watch "theamericandreamfilm" on youtube.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. TSIndiana

    CNN won't let me post some very informative reading about how they suck the gentiles into their religious wars and how Rothchilds control the debt based monetary system. CNN Money and Politics is controlled by them, so they censor out what they don't want the sheep to know.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

      "suck the gentiles"... awesome.... just like hermain cain want's done...

      November 14, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. TSIndiana

    Hector, they censor out every comment I make supporting what you are saying, especially when I post the names of reading materials. Seems Rothchilds have their hands into CNN and are determined to keep the sheep in line (and ignorant).

    November 14, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    To Bachman and all of the other "conservatives"................
    Total accrued federal deficit...............14.9 trillion as Oct. 31, 2011
    " " during GOP presidents 8.4 trillion (55% of total deficit)
    " " Demo " 6.5 trillion (45% of total deficit)
    So, who is that has caused the problem?

    November 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Well done with the facts John. Also, let me also add that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment has gone down from 10.2% to 9.0% since October 2009 and that job growth has an AVERAGE of 125,000 jobs each month since October 2010. No negative job growth for the last year.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • seletar

      Liberals are just plain stupid. No other way to explain their consistent pattern of bogus numbers and supposed "facts".
      Look at the SPENDING patterns of dem and gop congresses and the light should begin to dawn in your pea brains. Note that in your moronic debt calculation you did not even notice that the GOP held the presidency since 1980 for 20 years compared with 11 years for dems – so even your simpleton arithmetic ought to conclude that dem presidents preside over bigger avg deficits than gop presidents.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
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