The candidates made misleading claims on banking, jobs, education and more.
Beyond the Truth-O-Meter
Welcome to our first edition of fact checks of the debates for the 2016 presidential election cycle.
Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson proposed simple-sounding tax plans during Thursday’s debate in Cleveland. How do their proposals square with the facts?
The CNN Fact-Checking Team worked through Thursday night to check some of the most notable claims made by all 17 Republican presidential candidates at the two debates hosted by Fox News.
Was Marco Rubio or Megyn Kelly right about the candidate’s record on abortion? Did Rick Perry catch Donald Trump in a healthcare flip flop? And is Trump (gasp) overstating his own importance?
Republicans seeking their party's 2016 presidential nomination have the challenging task of trying to stand out among the 17 candidates in the race, and Thursday's televised debate was the first opportunity for the party to start whittling down its choices. So it's no surprise that the candidates had a vested interest in puffing up their own records as governors, senators and public figures. And some of them just got the facts wrong.
The Republican presidential candidates who failed to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time debate repeated a number of past false and misleading claims, while adding some new ones that we hadn't heard before.
Trying to pin down the exact number of people fired for manipulating wait times in the 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs scandal has been like trying to solve a puzzle without all the pieces.
Jeb Bush is again in damage-control mode, this time over an offhand remark he made about Planned Parenthood. He said at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and he highlighted that he did so as governor of Florida. He then added as an aside, "I'm not sure we need half-a-billion dollars for women's health issues" — a statement Hillary Clinton and other Democrats pounced on, portraying it as a gaffe that reveals that Bush doesn't care about women's health. He has since said he "misspoke." But Bush's comments raise questions about just how much money Planned Parenthood actually gets, what the group does with it, and whether defunding it would actually save taxpayers money.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid claimed in a floor speech that 30 percent of U.S. women get their health care from Planned Parenthood. That's false. By one measure, the number is less than 3 percent.
Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House. Economists say he wouldn't stand a chance: Trump's boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took those jobs away.
Senate minority leader blows a talking point.
Hillary Clinton released two TV ads this week, both of them 60-second spots highlighting her support of children and families.
Did Congress pass a law stipulating that all mothers must prove they are employed or face jail time? No, it's fake news.
Nope, it's just for laughs.
Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3.
Checking U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, a first-term Republican congressman from Dubuque, as quoted in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Did Donald Trump say he supported Cecil the Lion’s killer and pledge to pay his legal fees? No, it's a parody.
Reports that a Navy commander will be brought up on charges for returning fire against the Chattanooga gunman are unconfirmed.
Quotation appears to have been concocted long after her death.