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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soundoff (454 Responses)
  1. jeremy jones

    Like the birth cert and the social security numbers that Obama produced
    Nov 2012 is gonna make 2010 seem like a gentle day in fall

    November 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      Uhhh.....you know you aren't supposed to give out your SSN, right?

      November 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1byrd

      DERP: You said "know." That implies "knowledge." The Jerry shows the use if such a term is in error..... Agenda over legitimate commentary – and completely off-topic. Go figure.....

      November 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Change

    O' and by the way, what is the end game in Afghanistan and Iraqi? And what's the mission there? Eight years later we are yet to uncover any WMD's in Iraq and unfortunately we have paid a costly price in this war financially and as far as American casualties. And ten years later, we are still suffering untold casualties in Afghanistan simply because the war criminal and dictator GWB and the GOP deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged that war to start their illegitimate Iraqi war. So what's the mission and end game in these conflicts?

    November 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      No exit plan yet. Still making money in those locations. Check back next year.

      November 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. conoclast

    Look - they're all smiling and looking in the same direction! ...well, except for Perry. Santorum looks for all the world like he's about to render the boyscout salute; Gingrich looks like he found another private meaning to the joke; Romney is about to break into a guffaw, which would go a long way toward his being perceived as human; Cain just looks tired;
    Ron Paul looks politely bored; Bachmann looks...well, small; and Huntsman is there because he has to be. They're all cartoons of themselves; so which one of these poseurs is the best un-Romney? What an utter study in irrelevance!!

    November 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT ( ELF slayer & BUGBEAR KILLER )

    who lies more? used car salemen or poloticians?

    November 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • carlos mendez

      If the saleman is a Republican he will lies. If the Politician is a Democratic he will lies as well. No different there.....

      November 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Larry - Columbia, SC

    Now who is going to fact-check CNN? Why should we believe that the gurus of CNN know the "truth" anymore than a politician. You are just as human and just as biased as anyone else. Quit pretending you're not.

    November 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Old Fool

    You point out something that has been apparent to any thinking and caring American. That is that the GOP takes a small truth and turns it into a big lie which tends to appeal to the unthinking and the uncaring among us. I think your ratings were too kind.

    November 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT ( ELF slayer & BUGBEAR KILLER )

    WHO'S gonna fact check the bloggers??

    November 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT ( ELF slayer & BUGBEAR KILLER )

    and who fact checks the fact checkers?

    November 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. david

    CNN and the truth squad? Where was this truth squad in 2008 when the liar's on the democract side were running?

    November 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Right, because the economy was all hunky-dory back and 2008, and Bush not only found WMDs in Iraq, but he ordered the non stop search for Osama bin Laden until the job was done.

      Or not.

      November 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      David, you are so not relevant!

      November 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Doosh-LaRooush

    Why does the filthy media get to set how much attention each candidate gets? I thought Santorum already threw in the towel, why is he up there? Google Santorum or go to the Urban Dictionary dot com, Santorum, the definition defines the man and really this whole field.

    November 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      Because they are the ones giving these throwbacks the free exposure. They get free air time and they STILL complain! Typical for these personal responsibility champions.

      November 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Change

    What the truth squad need to ask these republican presidential candidades is how can they really promise the American people Change when first of all, they supported the administration and the party that's responsible for our economic downfall at home and for our failures abroad while they still continue to embrace the status quo. The American people are tired of empty promises and desasters. We need real Change. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.

    November 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      The conservatives want change, change right back to the George W Bush days, No thanks, president Obama has been working very hard to get us out of that mess, and he is just starting to turn things around. Please lets keep it going in the right direction, I can't even imagine what will happen if the republicans, the Koch bros. and Grover Norquist get into office.

      November 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. karmaapple

    Why do we do this anyway...... a president doesn't have to authority to fulfill his promises.... that's up to whoever we elect to congress. So having them grandstand and put on a big show is just a circus. Ask them what they will do as president, not what they will ask the congress to do.

    November 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tough USA

    They did not check Ron Pauls Facts. I guess if he is on the money , why ask. Ron Paul 2012 !!!

    November 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pcat

    What's the difference between Obama, Romney, Bachmann, Perry, and the failing U.S. dollar?

    ...the dollar was once worth something

    November 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bostonturkey

    In all my life I've never witnessed such a pathetic and totally ignorant group of candidates as this republican group, and I'm an independent who sometimes votes republican.

    November 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pcat

      Well there's your problem. There's no difference between the democrat and republican parties and if you vote for either you're a fool. You people have voted in republican and democrat each year and look where it's left us?

      you should be ashamed..

      November 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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