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

Read why

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. Change

    We've got comprehensive healthcare for the American people and financial reform to ensure that the greedy 3% and their crowny republican friends in congress don't stonewall the middle class anymore. We have seen the passage of an economic recovery legislation that has rescued and stabilized our economy, thereby preventing it from slipping into a catastrophic depression. And with that, millions of exixting American jobs in local, state and federal government have been protected and subsequently a more favorable economic environment has been created so that job growth can resurface. Let's face it, when the Obama administration passed the economic stimilus or recovery bill, it did not guarantee that 23 million American jobs were going to be created overnight. No, it simply said that once the crisis was stabilized, you would have a more suitable environment for jobs to resurface. Unfortunately, this process has been delayed due the to delibarete roadblocks and policy delaying tactics by the rightwing extremists in congress.

    Furthermore, America and the world is safer today simply because dangerous people like OBL, awlaki and Gadhafi have been eradicated from the face of the globe. Subsequently, America's trust and credibility around the world have been improved significantly because of the bold and courageous leadership of President Obama. So anyone who can't see the difference here or who believe that Democrats and Republicans are all the same must be living on another planet or perhaps just plain stupid.

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

      Now that is a true and informed post!!! Good job, I hope some of these posters at least think about what you are saying. We could have been in a much worse position!

      November 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrcnnjr

      Well said, informative post.

      November 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bullricky

      Change: What an absurd post. Know ANYBODY better off now than they were just a scant three years ago? The blatantly illegal restructuring of GM only makes our "investment" that much more likely to re-fail. The absurd $16 Trillion giveaway to the banks over the last three years have produced what? "Leading from Behind" in the Arab Spring ensures Islamic and more militant and repressive regimes will take their place. Respect? Our enemies are emboldened and our "friends" no longer are friends so much. Osama retired with his wives to Pakistan, gets shot and now we have a much more adversarial Pakistan–you know, the one that actually has nukes and a delivery system? Jobs are leaving the country so fast there won't be so many to tax more than any country in the world taxes. This presidency ranks with Nixon's as the most divisive in our history. It will remain to be seen how many in this administration wind up in jail before a final evaluation of just how bad this presidency actually is. The so-called "millionaires and billionaires and jets, oh my" are down a third. Four more years ought to clear out the other two-thirds. Then we'll all be settled in to our trickle down poverty. Now THAT'S stupid.
      Vote for an empty can of Coke in 2012. At least you'll get a nickel back.

      November 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Right on. But you know the goptards are going to say they would have done it faster even though they fielded McCain and ===> PALIN <==== AHAHAHAHAHAH! Good luck next year with Perry or Bachman or Romney losers.

      November 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Bullricky, everything youve said is bogus. Tarp worked and every dime has been paid back with 20 billion in interest. GM worked and if you say you wanted it to fail you are just a jerk and shouldnt be making important decisions. Your dream of the arab spring somehow making us less safe is just your opinion, nobody is speculating what you are. Basically you are wrong on 75% of your views and lying about the others, and i bet the empty can of coke would whoop your 5'5 beer bellied covert racist self.

      November 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      You are right..Its not easy to resurface the road and shovel off the GWB terds in 3 years. Obama has excelled inspite of the roadblocks. Obama 2012

      November 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      You are blind. The world is not a safer place because Obama got those thugs. There are plenty more to take their place. Obama has also spoken out against Israel a few times obviously from ignorance which is a big no no. Obamacare is not good for anyone. Seeing you are a true democrat no matter what the case is, do some research and follow your heart when voting. Get your eyes checked, too.

      November 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • gdanny

      I can not imagine you keeping a straight face while submitting post. It is without a doubt, the most ridiculous, misguided, and just down right"wrong" piece I have seen posted in quite some time. Continue marching in step with Mr. Obama, the land mine is getting very near.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. exlib

    CNN – (Communist News Network)- the most hypocrat news channel – waiting to see it files for bankruptcy.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordu

      And I am waiting for you to learn basic spelling and grammar. What third world country did YOU come from?

      November 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      as opposed to fox news? do you really believe that?

      November 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mad

      x-lib, " So I suppose you think Faux News is straight out "Reporting the Facts" Think alittle before you Spew Crap,,Man??? Lunacy! Teabagger probably?? LOL

      November 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ram

      To suggest that CNN's "Truth Squad" will fairly and even-handedly evaluate and comment upon the GOP candidates' remarks gives the concept of the fox in the hen house a bad name.

      Only the rabid partisans would consider CNN capable of evaluating "truth" when in comes to nearly any idea, proposal or policy matter on the right. In fairness, flip the situation and you'll find a like bias, cherry picking "facts" and ideologically driven commentary on Fox News.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gutsycall

    Well, Mitt Romney finally rolled out a jobs plan – send more poor kids to die in a dried up middle-east oil nation so the Exxon CEO can pork his blue eyed Malibu beach bunny. Nice guy – rich kids win again, middle class – lost generation.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaulQuinn

      You made an excellent point. Unfortunately the GOP candidates have not.

      November 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james

    We need to get real at this point, 2011 is almost over..Bachman , Santorum dont let the door hit you in the rear.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mad

      "Why just bachmann and santorum, "The rest of them are "Braindead also?? Repubs don,t want them to be hit in the rear by a door ,either? Thats their thinking "Platform" I,m with you, James!

      November 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. uhhhhexcuseme

    How is it possible for Romney's statement to qualify as "True, but incomplete"? Romney claims that the savings from repealing the Affordable Care Act would total $95 billion by his fourth year in office. The 'Read Why' section explains that the actual number would be closer to $5 billion due to the ACA's various revenue saving measures being lost through repeal. Sorry, but an actual savings of $5 billion vs. Romney's claim of $95 billion should easily qualify as 'Misleading'.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    This line up is dismaying at best for this hapless nation of ours.
    Clueless as to why the world would be passing us by with the winds of change blowing across Middle East, shifting balance of power & realities on the ground, emerging influence of Russia, China, India & Turkey. Trapped in their narrow, stinted thinking, limited intellect, prejudices and religious inclinations, devoid of vision they represent an America lacking in true leadership.
    Delusions of self grandeur, militarism & failed premises would shape their foreign policy if elected.
    God help us.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Perhaps Ron Paul is an exception if one cares to .listen to him.

    November 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      will you vote for the republican nominee when Paul loses?

      November 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Since I can't respond to Emmy's post, I'll do it here. I would vote for Ron Paul in a heartbeat. If he isn't the nominee, I would indeed vote for any Republican running. I voted for Obama. I would never do that again. Obviously, you haven't been hurt by his leadership like us and millions of other people. He's not a leader.

      November 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. layminister herman

    1 Our economy would not have been in shambles had it not been for Chris dodd and his buddy barney frank when the two of them forced the banks to make loans to people that could never hope to repay them.Funny thing
    but right after they did that the dems started screaming recession alhough we didnt have one, the dems knew the only way to regain the white house was to ruin the economy ,next post please

    November 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SaulQuinn

    I agree with the article in that Bachmann is a smear and hypocrite candidate representing the Tea Party anarchists.

    November 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AhhPures

    Good luck to all of the candidates.

    November 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      They will surely need it

      November 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mike

    I learned that CNN and it's lack of coverage on Dr. Ron Paul is just as bias as any other network. Way to let your boss rule your opinions writers/news anchors. Enjoy your fat pay check while turning a blind eye on the deterioration of our country.

    November 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    My name is Tricky Dick Nixon and I just want to say I am not a crook. It looks like my contemporary Republicans have learned the tricks I taught them. Oh, pardon me.

    November 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    @all dems please refer 2 1st post
    2 anybody that thinks that obama is sensible in his spending needs their head checked 3 solyndra how many trillions gone for nothing 4 All that money spent to get the economy moving most of it went on road work ahh we already had all the road work we could handle before that anybody that did any traveling wouldve told you that
    5 Some of that money to make new jobs like 350 grand to make a job that paid 75grand a year yup thats not wasting no not at all I could go on and on but I WOULD BE WASTING MY TIME BECAUSE YOU DEMS ARE ALL BRAINWASHED

    November 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I agree. Before Obama was elected he said he was going to do something about NAFTA. I haven't heard anything in his three years. If he's trying to help us, why did he let the Canadians build his buses? Why not American built? How many women work in construction of bridges or do road work? Why does he keep speaking out against Israel? Why is he out campaigning or golfing instead of doing something right for us? Why does he send money to our enemies but yet doesn't send us money? Democrats need to ask themselves simple questions before they vote again. He couldn't buy my vote. Sign me off as an Independant with a brain.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    You know every post that is of a dem has name calling and thats about the gist of their post .Wheras the post of people on the side rarely calls names just state the facts .Now is that the maturity between the two or what!!!

    November 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    @ Emmy

    No I wouldn't. My post would have made that clear.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
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