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. Donald

    The words CNN and FactCheck are an oxymoron.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      and you think I am going to get more honest coverage on Fox? Ultimately candidates DO make inaccurate and misleading statements – after all they are politicians – and yes many people are dumb enough just to accept those things as truth – so if CNN discovers some key position is misleading, you have a problem with that?

      November 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Little Tin God

      So you dispute the fact that their statements were incomplete or misleading? You believe everything they said word-for-word? You're a good little GOP mindless robot?

      November 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deej59

      Hey, Donald, I realize you have a very black and white world where all conservatives wear white hats and all liberals are hanging from trees, but your little world is built on BS. You want to believe your god of information (FOX) about CNN. Guess what. Last election, during the democratic debates, CNN's truth squad was all over that field for misleading and false statements. And there were plenty. There always are. American politics is now all about fooling the masses and both sides do it. Your hat is grey, Donald. Get used to it.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdiamond42

      here you go for fact check.........

      November 15, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Slag

    Hey CNN, why don't you ever fact check Obama? No wonder your ratings svck, can you say major league bias?

    November 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • tpot

      Couldn't have said it better myself. CNN only scrutinizes Obama when every other new agency does first and even then goes out of their way to soft ball the issue. Take the latest all too political move with the pipeline. Disgusting coverage.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      why don't you go check politifact? you will find out that he has kept a majority of his campaign promises..

      November 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Your comments concerning CNN are "misleading", to borrow the phrase. Yes, CNN is far from perfect, although I find the biggest problem to be shallowness rather than bias. To just throw these charges out against CNN are sill, in that "news" organizations such as FOX are so much worse. At FOX, shallowness of reporting is not as serious as significantly biased and misleading propaganda and an inability to separate editorial from news stories

      November 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Slag

    Obama lies every single time he opens his mouth but I can't seem to remember CNN EVER fact checking him.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Change

    @Bullricky and Debbie

    First of all, your comments imply that you are both republicans so I'm not surprise by the pointless and irrational comments you two have made. Let's face it, GWB and the GOP gave us two unpaid wars, a whole lot of dead American soldiers and the worst financial crisis in America since the Great Depression and while President Obama has been left with the daunting task of cleaning up the mess, some how you 'all see fit to attack President Obama while defending GWB. No, you people don't really puzzle me because its people like you two who are dividing America with your blatant bigotry and racism. Shame on you!

    November 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slag

      Democrats controlled both houses from Jan. 2007 till Jan 2009. From Jan 2009 till Jan 2011 Democrats controlled both houses and the presidency. From Jan 2011 till now, they have conreolled the Senate and Presidency. I can't think of one single thing that has improved economically since Jan 2007, can you?

      November 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • gdanny

      Knew it would not take long for the "racism" cry to hit the table.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mosin Nagant

      I don't defend Bush. In fact I think he was a horrible president. Obama is just continuing his policies. Therefor Obama is also a horrible president

      November 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • franko58

      Oh no, RACISM"..............................................., A liberals defence. That's all you idiots have left. Well, I guess I'm "RACIST also, because I'm voting for-----–HERMAN CAIN, the other black man, the one who doesn't march to the orders of the OBAMA 'S CHICOGO REGIME. HERMAN CAIN DOES NOT LIVE ON OBAMA "THE COMMUNISTS", PLANTATION ! -----------VOTE HERMAN CAIN FOR PRESIDENT 2012.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Come on dems i was hoping for a serious debate, not a bunch of name calling.Ive stated all kinds of facts and no rebuttall

    November 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jorge washinsen

    It is like assigining the fox to the henhouse puttiing CNN in charge or any other liberal media.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tstorm

    Not one of these candidates have the best interest of the middle class in mind. I won't be voting for any Republicans.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • franko58

      " TRAITOR" I know you're a LIB anyways, Nancy.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Slag

    Hey CNN, when can I expect some fairness in the news, like fact checking Obama's speeches. Oh, that's right, this is liberal CNN.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Somebody stole his teleprompters.No one left who knows or remembers what he said.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • franko58

      You won't be waiting to long. CNN had MAJOR layoffs ,last week and I'm sure will be out of bussiness in a year or so. They will be out of bussiness for sure , AFTER THE REPUBLICANS SWEEP EVERYTHING IN 2012.

      November 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jorge washinsen

    Maybe Gingrich had a lesson from his parents.Keep quiet and the world might think you are a fool, but open your mouth and leave no doubt.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Slag

    If Obama was not so fiscally inept, divisive, incompetent, arrogant, and corrupt, he might be an OK President....Oh well.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mosin Nagant

    Seriously? Ron Paul only got 89 seconds in a 90 minute debate? More proof of a corporate media bias against Ron Paul.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Slag

    Hey CNN, In 2009, Obama said if he couldn't fix the economy in 3 years he would not run for a second term. Hey CNN, Is this Obama's definition of fixed or was it another of his many lies. Hey CNN, Could you please find out for me.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    @change you want to talk racist whats that group the pres started hmm acorn now you want to talk racist the pres minister now talk about racist.Now started two wars tell me have you forgotten about 911 tell me after we was attacked what was gw to do.Now talk about the economy look to chris dodd and barney frank they turned the banks upside down

    November 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peikovianii

    I thought the CNN Truth Squad was busy breaking store windows in Oakland.

    November 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Change

    Racist! Racist! Racist! Go back to all your welfare states. That is all your Southern Welfare States that benefited from Four Hundred Years of FREE SLAVE LABOR. Let's face it, you Southern mf's benefited from slave handouts. You Southern dogs and pigs!

    November 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peikovianii

      Thanks, CNNT. Your opinion is noted.

      November 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
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