Truth Squad: Fact-checking Sunday's GOP debate
Jon Huntsman, left, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul participate in Sunday's debate in New Hampshire.
January 8th, 2012
03:51 PM ET

Truth Squad: Fact-checking Sunday's GOP debate

CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the claims made at Sunday's Republican presidential debate in Concord, New Hampshire. We'll take a look at some of the questions posed to the candidates, then share with you how they answered the question.

Santorum: Obama blocked funding for abstinence programs

Former Sen. Rick Santorum said President Barack Obama blocks federal funding for abstinence-focused programs. His comment repeated a similar statement during a January 2 speech in Iowa.

The statement: "In fact, he (Obama) has required programs not to talk about marriage, not to talk about abstinence, if - in order to get federal funds."

The verdict: False

Read why here

Romney claims big job creation in Massachusetts

Mitt Romney said more jobs were created in Massachusetts while he was governor than have been created in the United States since Obama has been president.

The statement: "We created more jobs in Massachusetts than Barack Obama's created in the entire country."

The verdict: True, but incomplete

Read why here

Gingrich: EPA out of touch with reality

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the Environmental Protection Agency considered regulations that would punish farmers for allowing dust from their fields to blow onto other farmers' fields.

The statement: "They were worried that the plowing of a cornfield would leave dust to go to another farmer's cornfield. ... They were planning to issue a regulation. In Arizona, they went in on the dust regulation and suggested to them that maybe if they watered down the earth, they wouldn't have these dust storms in the middle of the year. And people said to them, 'You know, the reason it's called a desert is there's no water.' Now this is an agency out of touch with reality, which I believe is incorrigible, and you need a new agency that is practical, has common sense, uses economic factors and, in the case [of] pollution, actually incentives change, doesn't just punish it."

The verdict: False

Read why here

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  1. JXC

    "Truth Squad- Fact Checking Subday's GOP Debate" Verdict: False. The Debate was Saturday night. Why should I believe your "rfact check" when you can't even get the date of the debate right?

    January 9, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Because they had a debate on Saturday AND Sunday..

      Your verdict: False

      The Verdict: True

      Read Why

      January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Supporting Rick Perry, are you? You obviously know all about 'stepping in it', hmm?

      January 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. about_that

    Politicians, as Lawyers are Liars and Cheats. They will say and do anything to win their position. Everyone of the Republicans running are Millionaires. Obama is/was a Millionaire. Until we get rid of Campaign Finance, we will never get anyone in Congress that understands the real plight of the average joe.jane.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. conoclast

    Gee, another Santorum outright falsehood: I guess "Thou shalt not lie" is only for the little people, eh Rick? Welcome to republican politics; will you be lying to us regularly now, so we'll know to ignore you like the rest of the GOP throwbacks?

    January 9, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. conoclast

    To err is human; to apologize for being human is christian. Outright lying in order to promote christian "values" is Rick Santorum! You republican throwbacks wholly deserve to be saddled with machine-candidate "two-face" Romney. Throw as many billions at his campaign as you like; you can't change the fact that all he really is to you is the un-Obama.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    So basically what you're saying is that candidates are liars? And that's news?

    January 9, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nobody N. Particular

    "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone", I see a lot of stone throwers, I guess you guys are perfect in the eye of God? For those of us who are just humble humans, we need a government which is not clouded by the interests of those with money. There is too much money involved in politics to ensure a government free of graft and corruption. Almost all of the republican candidates are beholdened to the wealthy and worship at the temple of Mammon; the only two I can see that are not as effect as the others are Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul. False Christians like Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney only pay lip service to the teachings of Christ, their hearts are still consumed by wealth and power and what they can do to further support the millionare that get them into power. I'm sick of the, "Obama has failed, and I will save America" line, focus on solutions, Obama didn't create the recession, bad business practices, lack of government oversight in regulated industries (i.e. banking), and bad governence, I mean, who the heck cuts the income (tax break for the wealthy), at the same time increasing expendatures (Afganistain, Iraq, and TARP)? GW Bush did and no one in the GOP tried to stop him. GOP, before you start throwing out lies, you better check your back story, you know, the one about smaller government to reduce the tax load on ALL Americans, and reducing expendatures (like unnecessary wars and military build ups).

    January 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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