Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Checking Romney's campaign speech in Atlanta

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Atlanta Wednesday.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Atlanta Wednesday.

Update: We've ruled on Romney's statement that "25 or 24 million" are "out of work or stopped looking for work." Read it here.

Super Tuesday is only one month away, which means it’s showtime in Georgia for the GOP’s presidential candidates.

GOP candidate Mitt Romney stumped at a small Atlanta business Wednesday to persuade Georgians to choose him in the March 6 primary.

PolitiFact Georgia was there, too. And we happened to bring our Truth-O-Meter.

Romney repeated at least one talking point during his speech at Bottega by Stones International, which sells granite and marble countertops.

Last month, Mitt Romney said that "we have 25 million Americans out of work" during the Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla. We ruled his statement Half True.

This time, Romney said that "25 or 24 million" are "out of work or stopped looking for work."

Will this revised talking point get a better ruling? Watch PolitiFact Georgia’s page to find out.

Romney also rehashed some talking points on the U.S.'s military might:

"We have fewer ships in our Navy than any time since 1917," and "We have fewer aircraft and older aircraft in the fleet than any time since the Air Force was founded in 1947."

Romney happens to have made similar statements at a Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jan. 16. They're more or less accurate, but for the most part, size doesn't matter.

We talked wide range of experts told us it’s wrong to assume that a decline in the number of ships or aircraft automatically means a weaker military. Romney's point is completely irrelevant. Pants on Fire.