An accepted estimate that needs new data
"Forty percent of people in this country, illegally, are overstaying visas."
Yes, in sheer numbers but not in per capita
"We have a legal immigration system in America that accepts 1 million people a year, legally. No other country in the world even comes close to that."
Down from the highest total funding ever
"Inflation-adjusted defense spending has declined 21 percent since 2010, and even if we discount the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has still declined by a dangerous 12 percent."
Claim gets an A-minus
Administrative employees at colleges and universities have "more than doubled over the last 25 years, outpacing the growth of students by more than 2 to 1."
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Castros have kept Cubans from connecting
"The reason why Cubans don't have access to 21st century telecommunications — like smart phones, like access to the Internet — is because it is illegal in Cuba."
Little to nothing on paper
In the U.S. agreement with the Cuban government, "no commitment was made to allowing the establishment of political parties or to even begin the semblance of a transition to a democracy."
Guatemala and Mexico are similar, but not exactly the same
"No other country has a constitutional right" like the Second Amendment.
Accurate, except for a few quibbles
Marriage "decreases the probability of child poverty by 82 percent."
Close -- about one in six
"In my home state, nearly one in five Floridians live in poverty."
Entitlements are big debt drivers
"The reason we have a national debt is not because of defense spending. What is driving our long-term debt are Medicare and Social Security programs."
You mean the house that's for sale?
"I still live in the same working-class neighborhood I grew up in."
Current system is family-centered
The United States has "an immigration system where only 6.5 percent of people who come here, come here based on labor and skill."
Some favor limited legal abortion, though
"There is an increasing amount of evidence from public polling that the highest number of Americans ever identify themselves as pro-life."
Because Obama ran the most ads, period
"No candidate has run more negative ads in American history than Barack Obama did in 2008, especially in the general.’’
This Great Depression claim is, well, depressing
"We have not had unemployment this high for this long since the Great Depression."
It's even higher: $63 million
"From now on, we have to pay the Russians $50 million an astronaut to send Americans to the space station"
Foreign researchers also chipped in
"Anywhere in the world, when someone uses a mobile phone, e-mail, the Internet or GPS, they are enjoying the benefits of the American miracle."
More annual deficits = larger national debt
To pay for government growth, leaders of both parties "borrowed $4 billion a day, leaving us with today's $14 trillion debt."
He's right about corporate tax rate
"Corporate taxes will soon be the highest in the industrialized world."
One year much leaner than the other
"The years that I was speaker, the Florida House consistently offered leaner budgets than the governor offered."
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