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

    See, Scottish?
    Great minds...

    November 13, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |

    @gop thugs contact me.. i would like to get a job as a waterboard technition... i would never take pictures or let anyone find out..
    just payme a decent amount and i would like 1 of the 2 1982 camaro pace cars.. of and maybe a ram air2 68 firebird...

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

    Koch Brothers must be getting desperate.
    Who do you think they will throw against the wall next ?
    All those dead bodies are starting to stink.
    Welcome to the GOP.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    @Joey- I do know. But it is the people that are staunch dems and repubs that do not look for the facts. It is confortable and familiar and they vote with party, not the ideals or substance of that person. I think the media has played a big part in that. I do like the fact check though. It does not seem to deter half truth though. Research it's a good thing.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @Ruffie I guess you are looking for a new profession? Now that the vote for M is up in Missouri?

    November 13, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Aaron:
    I pay almost no attention to the opinions of journalists.
    My use for either Fox or CNN is for events not reported by the other: earthquakes, racially motivated murders, drawn swastikas, Democratic Green programs, etc.
    "Just the facts."
    I don't care what a reporter thinks about the event: "the devastating earthquake in Haiti should never have happened, and quite possibly God's ire has been manifested by the crying out of the rocks."

    November 13, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    @oooh can't you smell that smell, that smell that surrounds you-I was boasting about Romney before he decided to run.
    I just think the GOP voters have nothing to get behind. Koch Bros. I wonder when they will have their next seminar?

    November 13, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    You're fired!
    It was the photographs of the waterboarding that I wanted, in a plain brown envelope.
    Your technique was fine, but we're moving ahead in a different direction.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    Have a good morning, the family is stirring. I have biscuits to bake and gravy to make.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Scottish Mama:
    Yes, we Republicans have nobody to get behind, or at least nobody who is willing to run.
    One of our party's problems is that most of our leaders believe that in order to get votes they need to sell a false sense of moral superiority to voters who will never be able to feel superior because they've become rich. That keeps us in medieval religious bondage regarding progress in social issues such as abortion, stem-cell research, Creationism, and gay rights.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • pikerover

      Well said

      November 13, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Say, I've got an idea for the Republican presidential race!
    Is Anita Bryant still alive?

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

    I DONT THINK.. weed will ever be leagl in missouri.. cause.. it would be to we here in missouri need all our remaining brain cells..

    November 13, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |

    i always likeed... colin powell.. cause his name sounds like a devestaing karate move..

    November 13, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. ronvan

    And you wonder why I and many others do not trust politicans! They are trained to lie, mislead and deceive us and WE follow them like sheep!

    November 13, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. HR

    CNN likes to take on TRUTH for the Republican candidates – WHERE IS THE TRUTH SQUAD for OBAMA – he has lied more than any other President in history, he continues to lie and CNN does not take him to task – WHY NOT????

    November 13, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • pikerover

      HR has a short memory. Most Lies?? I give you George W Bush

      November 13, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      HR, you smokin crack.....again?

      November 13, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      ...HR... the Truth Squad DID look into several of PRESIDENT Obama's speeches..... do we need to send you a memo, or can you keep your eyes open next time!!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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