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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Dano:
    I disagree that CNN is "neutral."
    I can get information fron FOX, CNN, or any other source and factor out the bias.
    Nobody tells me what to think.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • 77radio

      I would suggest you do that. More people need to do research on these subjects but it sounds like your mind is already made up.

      November 13, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      If you tried to "factor out the bias" at Fox, there would be nothing left to see.

      November 13, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      That's funny. When you factor out the right-wing bias on Fox, you'll have nothing left but a blank screen.

      November 13, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • DonnieH.

      CNN is neutral. The problem is that Republicans NEVER hear anything negative about a Republican from Fox news and they NEVER hear anything positive about a Democrat or the President on Fox news so when a Fox follower listens to anything other than Fox and hears bad things about the Gop and positive things about Obama or a Democrat, well it has to be biased, because they have never heard such talk before...

      November 13, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • tenesseered

      OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so sad for this country. The mess this country is in RIGHT now can traced to one person. William Jefferson Clinton. and the community reinvestment act. This is what directly led to the housing bust and the housing bust was what created this mess. Clinton forced banks to give loans to people who had no way to pay them back. Income? We don't need no stinking income. Credit? Don't wory about that, you deserve a home and it doesn;t matter if you can pay for it or not. And for all those blaming BUSH his administration warned this would happen and were called racist. It's funny also that the economy was trucking along nicely until the DEMS won the senate and the house. Unemployment statyed below 6% until the dems took over. Everything I have stated is an undeniable fact. PERIOD.

      November 13, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      Tenerseed, your post has been proven to be a Lie put out by republicans to deceive simple minds. All arguments aside, would the government have sent so many bank officials to prison for BANK FRAUD if they were simply complying with the CRA? They were making fake loans to thier friends (other republicans) in the millions. This has nothing to do with Leroy making $30k a year and trying to buy a $500k house. Besides a bank would have to be insane to make a loan like this regardless of any type of regulation. To back up my point, check the wikkepedia article on the CRA.

      Oops I forgot, you won't check the wikipedua article. Trolls don't believe in facts.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. grateful1

    I want to thank CNN for having a "truth squad" and frequent "fact checks" of all Republican politicians and conservative commentators. And I also agree with their policy of not sending their "truth squad" after Democratic politicians and liberal pundits. We all know that Democrats are right and Republicans are wrong, but it is CNN's journalistic responsibility\ to continually remind everyone of that fact.

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

      CNN reports on GOP hopefuls only because there are no debates among Dem hopefuls. Nothing to report on.

      November 13, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      @tifoso You're using logic on a republicant. You see the problem there dont you?

      November 13, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • DonnieH.

      We all know that in the Republican mind you can't report any facts that might make a Republican look bad or stupid. If you report anything negative then you are just part of the lame stream liberal media with gotcha questions. If the media left out all the moments that left Republicans looking stupid or bad then none of the Gop debates could be broadcast and I'd give you three reasons why if I could think of them. Maybe I should write them on my hand or on the back of the head of a prospective employee. Its not the media making the Gop look bad. After all the media is only firing the ammunition provided to them by the Gop...

      November 13, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeInCarolina

      Dems were not in the debate!!! That's what this story is about. Changing the subject won't erase all the GOP lies. It does give Repubs something to say.

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

    That the Trouble with these Republican they all just Lie to sound better. They really don't even Know what they are talking about or really know if the could even do what they said.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shigty

    LOL--The Truth squad!!!!

    November 13, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ grateful1:
    You obviously didn't hear the full story:
    Republicans are "ignorant"–there's a new preference in the meaning of that word–and Democrats are "progressive," as is ACORN.
    Aussi, President Obama is the first "intelligent" president that this country has ever had.
    I jusy want to be sure that you've heard all the facts.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ grateful1:
    You obviously didn't hear the full story:
    Republicans are "ignorant"–there's a new preference in the meaning of that word–and Democrats are "progressive," as is ACORN.
    Aussi, President Obama is the first "intelligent" president that this country has ever had.
    I just want to be sure that you've heard all the facts.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. 77radio

    Just sound bites to please the base.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • grateful1

      You're so right! As I already said, Democrats are always right and Republicans are always wrong. My point is that I want to commend CNN for their journalistic integrity and continually reminding us who knows what they're talking about and who doesn't.

      November 13, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ John:
    I'm a Republican.
    Ergo, I lie.
    I am grateful for all Democrats, as no Democrat lies.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible, if we can just get the rest of them to admit it!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    @Joey- you could just put Politician in that phrase.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Inciteful

    As soon as a person formally declares his/her candidacy for elected office, by law, such person should be "sworn in," under oath (and, therefore, penalty of perjury), to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. No more campaign lies and empty promises! Vigorously indict and prosecute suspected offenders! That is the ONLY valid way that an informed democracy can work. Politicians would lose most of their motivation to keep the majority of the electorate uneducated and fix the public education system.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Inciteful

      P.S. Half-truths and misleading statements are LIES!

      November 13, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Susan

    They are fact checking THIS debate....I did not see any Dems up want to see everyone fact checked? Go to This is where you can see ALL of them fact checked.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Scottish Mama is the one here who should already know my sarcasm. 🙂
    I'll do what I always do: vote for the candidate that will benefit ME the most. Me, me, and mine.
    That's how this thing works, and how it was intended to work.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    @Inciteful-we would not have any

    November 13, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ inciteful:
    If you had your way, nobody would ever be elected.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. grateful1

    @tifoso and Adam–I get your point. After all there is no Democrat that is running for President in 2012.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
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