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

Read why

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. daveindenver

    I will CNN would do a Truth Squad piece on the White House and all their statements about the funds their supports are getting (Solundra, Signa, etc.), but then I guess you would have to report on it first.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • mattski

      try politifact dot com. IMO they're pretty equal-opportunity when it comes to exposing misinformation.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • midwestmatt

      Try factcheck(dot)org, started by the staunchest Reagan supporter ever to live. It's honest and non-partisan which is exactly why no right winger will ever read it.

      BTW- The loan guarantees made to Solyndra, among others, are from money given the to Executive Branch by the Legislative Branch. Obama's administration can only spend money that Congress gives it and since it's pennies on the dollar when compared to wasteful spending for the lying heads of banks and our obscenely bloated defense contractors, your "argument" is completely flat.

      Too many conservatives are morally bankrupt and employ anti-American business practices by defending offshoring of American jobs while our middle class suffers. Return the Republican Party to one that defends American jobs and they'll be in power for decades but that ain't gonna happen because they don't care about America.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Newt disqualified himself by claiming any candidate on the stage was better than Obama. Really Newt? Really?

    November 13, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      oh yeah really – that's v ery clear

      November 13, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Yes, they are lying!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Liberal media should turn the Truth Squad on Pelosi and Obama. Democrats ruining America since 2007.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      So you are saying that the so called conservatives(which they are not) get a free pass tp lie to the public? Thier lies are what got us into this hole in the first place.

      November 13, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ctguy591

      and how is that?

      November 13, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      no – not a free pass – what the poster said is why doesn't CNN treat Obama/Pelosi the same way they treat the repubs – conserv or not.

      November 13, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ctguy591

      rossko, you can do that right now , let's hear it !!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Rossko and John..... they DO! Look at past Truth Squad articles. They scrutinize Pres. Obama's speeches and ALL statements on record in the House and Senate!! You have to look first, in order to see!!!! Keep your eyes open!!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      ....and John....Bush was in office in 2007!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |

    THINK the'll ever tell the truth about aliens?

    November 13, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko


      November 13, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. michael r

    Wasn't this the Party that took Donald Trump seriously as a presidential candidate? Should anybody care what these freaks are telling us?

    November 13, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      yup – cause the other party has us following the exact programs that has placed Greece/Spain/Italy where they area – in fact we are already there – Johnson started it. It's just going to take us longer to fall b/c we are so large and other countries are floating us – Obama has pushed us sooooo far soooo fast though – yeah you should listen. But I think it's already too late and the president isn't as important as congress is anyway – please do some research on who pays taxes, how much our government spends and where – if you don't know these general facts you aren't qualified to vote – hint, both parties lie about it – look it up, it's easy.

      November 13, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Laura JT

      Rossko, apparently your idea of "educating yourself" is to listen to Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity and watch Fox News. If not, why not post a link to show us how very easy it is for us to "educate ourselves" . Your post shows a complete lack of education, period.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Sorry Rosko.... we are following the programs of Germany, France, England, etc. They have the STRONGEST economies in the world....unless you want to follow China's example????

      November 13, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Rossko... Greece's problems are different. For example, can you retire on full pension at 50????? Thought not. We are like them in the fact that their jobs have been outsourced, though...Thanks Bush!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. antleader

    The Republicans are for the RICH and the evangelical religious who want to force their beliefs and twisted truths on us. The Democrats are for the working class Americans and NORMAL people who know that it is OK to have your head in the clouds with God as long as you remember that your feet are on the ground.
    Vote for those who want all of us to live in equal justice in this great country.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      To add to your point many indeoendents and Democrats are quite Conservative. ThE Republicans blame to represent the conservatives in America, when in fact, they only truly represent the wealthy and the bigoted.

      November 13, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      Most republicans are not rich – look up how many people are "rich" (however you define that) and how many people are republicans. In general, republicans are for individual freedom to do and individual responsibility (even in failure). 3/4 of government spending have to do with either the interest on our debt or social programs where people expect the governemnt to take care of them. The problem with the Democrat's philosophy is that it only works if a small portion of the population is supported by a large portion – that's changing – Now that more than 50% of the population is medicare age and less than 10% of them saved any money (even though for 30 years they've been riding massive investment bubbles supported by out of control credit debt) – we can't afford to take care of them – but Dems will say "we have to" – but we CAN'T – their illogic collapses there – Um well, "TAX THE RICH" – OK – tell you what – look up some data – the rich CAN'T afford to keep this going. please, please, please – educate yourself – it is very easy.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      ...hey about the INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM to get an abortion? How about keeping the government out of that?

      November 13, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      ...and the rich are taxed LESS than at any time in history....look that up!!!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      This is why people vote republican, they lack simple reading comprehension. I never said, meant or implied that all Republcans are rich. I said that the Replicant party represents the rich as they look out for the interests of the rich. They accomplish this by feeding bigoted fodder to the non rich lemmings that vote for them.

      I hope this clears the matter up.

      November 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    I just read a post that said Democrats were ruining America since 2007.... BWAHAAHAHAHAAAA.. So I guess we were in great shape from the previous 7 years? Are you smoking crack? I don't care who took over after 2007, they couldn't have been worse than the republicans who got us into the endless black hole created from 2000 to 2007. I mean, seriously? I don't care which party you are from, if you can't admit to that, you are simply ignoring every fact available on Iraq, Afghanistan, Wall street, etc... the list goes on and on. Be real with your facts, regardless of party affiliation.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      It's been 30 years – deficit spending started with Ronal Reagan – the social programs killing us (medicare/SSI) started long before that. All combinations of repubs/dems in whitehouse/control of senate/house have existed – none of those combinations have done anything but sink further – sure the Dems make us sink faster but it's just the rate that changes. We are screwed without radical changes in culture and mindset.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • BW

      The problem isn't Democrat or Republican. The problem is Statism. Both Obama and Bush seriously increased the size and scope of the government (Bush with expanding medicare, No child Left Behind, TARP and more and Obama with GM and the bailouts, Obamacare, Keneysian economic policies, like the stimulus and using the government to invest in private companies like Solyndra, and a lot more), we're slowly moving towards a European style social democracy, even though we can see how that's working for Europe

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

      Yeah BW..... Germany, France, and England are fine!!! If we COULD be like them!!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible fact BW, it was the US that pulled Europe into this ravine in the first place!!!!

      November 13, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ antleader:
    There is nothing wrong with being rich.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      It's amazing how the 1% make up 50% of the internet.

      November 13, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      Nothing wrong with being wealthy. No one said there was. It the GREEDY that are ruining America. Folks like you. I'm willing to bet that you are not wealthy at all. But your greed and lust for power and wealth ( and let me reiterate, you have neither) cause you to blindly follow the party of greed and hate.
      Pretty accurate, huh?

      November 13, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      party of greed and hate? To which do you refer? I'd claim that's both parties – just different targets.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. John Gabriel

    If you need CNN to check statements for truth, then you are indeed a lost soul.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ctguy591

      and where should we go? fox,
      you must be kidding !!

      November 13, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Rossko

      CTGUY – probably the best source are the government (.gov) websites – no you can't trust CNN/FOX/MSNBC – they seem to have poitical agendas. Oh, and also learn to think critically, have an open mind – most of the posters on sites like this are blind because they think the party they support is always right and just and the other one is always evil and ignorant. The parties aren't really that different when you look into it. I think most Americans are generally stupid and they are treating this like some college footbal rivalry "my team is the best you guys suck"; 95% of the posts here. We are indeed lost.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      Rossko... I do agree with you on this one!

      November 13, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. truth seeker

    CNN, you change your "truth squad" to "Obama defender", or "Liberal defender" etc

    November 13, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      To make that statement, you must be able to point out exactly how/where CNN is being inaccurate. Please do so.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. olepi

    It is really hard to believe that in the 21st century, this crop is the best the GOP can field from our great country.

    The GOP's problem is, they can't run on their record (it's terrible), and they can't run on their policies (very unpopular), so all they have is FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) that they spread around. All the smart ones stayed out, due to the toxic sludge that is GOP policy now.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • ctguy591

      olepi, I coulnd't have said it better !

      November 13, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Palin 2112

      Olepi, you are on point. Even those that get PAID to type pro Republican comments here know that you are correct.

      November 13, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • olepi

      New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is defending his pick of a Muslim for a state judgeship, saying critics of a lawyer who represented suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are “ignorant” and “crazies”. - Bloomberg

      This is what I mean. The best GOP politicians see the "base" as ignorant and crazy. The GOP wouldn't elect him as President, probably, after saying something like this. But it is true.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. jim

    Statement: Any candidate on the stage would be better than Obama. Verdict: True

    November 13, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible lying!

      November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    President Bush didn't provide money for the pro-democracy movement and President Obama cut that money.

    how do you cut money that isn't being provided?

    November 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • BW

      Dude, don't even try and make sense of government accounting. They've got their heads so far up their own that its nausiating. If any private companie worked their books the way the government does, theyd be thrown in jail.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. ctguy591

    so what happenrd to repealing obamacare? nobody is going to repeal h.c. reform, even the commission on solutions to lower the deffecit does not mention it. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BEING SUCKERED IN BY YOUR LYING REPUBLICANS JUST TO MAKE YOU EASILY LED SHEEP VOTE FOR THEM!..

    November 13, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • BW

      Obamacare doesn't need to be repealed. The states are all going to opt out, there's a fair chance that the individual mandate won't make it past the supreme court, or at the very least it'll collapse under its own weight. We already saw the CLASS ACT section fall, the rest won't be too far behind. The government can't sustain a healtcare plan like it

      November 13, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • sensible

      WE need a healthcare system like Canada and Europe....their's works just fine at half the cost!! Our system is 23rd, behind every country WITH a national healthcare system!!

      November 13, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. JB

    CNN truth is based on their prospective and agenda, not on facts.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
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