Friday, September 19th, 2014

All stories featuring Michele Bachmann

Smokin’ Texas claims by Ron Paul, pro-Bachmann group

Separate claims about Texas taxes and spending by Ron Paul and a group backing Michele Bachmann for president caught fire on the Truth-O-Meter.

Rick Perry versus the field, round three

Republican presidential candidates debate a third time in 22 days tonight. We’ll watch for fresh claims, including jabs at front-running Texas Gov. Rick Perry, mindful that the last debates fed several fact checks.

Truth serum needed for incorrect vaccine claim

Michele Bachmann said an HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation. Doctors say that's false.

Rick Perry doubled spending in decade, ad says

A group backing U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota for president says spending in Texas has doubled under Rick Perry. We found the methodology behind this conclusion flawed.  

Rick Perry griddled at Florida CNN/Tea Party Express debate

At the CNN-Tea Party Express debate in Tampa, the Republican candidates discussed Social Security, Medicare and immigration, with candidates often trying to griddle Texas Gov. Rick Perry. We put their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Jobs, jobs, jobs in Republican debate

The GOP candidates talked about jobs, immigration and more jobs during the debate at the Reagan Library.

Fact-checking the Iowa Republican debate

We're fact-checking claims from candidates at Thursday night's debate for the Republican presidential nomination.

Truth-O-Meter works hard during federal debt debate

The daily back-and-forth in Washington over the federal government’s finances has provided numerous opportunities for the Truth-O-Meter and PolitiFact researchers.

Campaign turns Minnesota not so nice

We check dueling claims from presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty

How bad would default be for U.S. creditworthiness?

Michele Bachmann said that if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, it’s "simply not true" that "somehow the United States will go into default and we will lose the full faith and credit of the United States." Is she right?

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann on 'Face the Nation'

Candidate for president Michele Bachmann sat for an interview with Bob Schieffer. We checked the facts. 

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann

We look back at memorable statements from the Republican candidate for president

Fact-checking the GOP debate in New Hampshire

Gov. Rick Perry won’t be there, but U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will, and we’ll be watching for testable statements.

Fact-checking the Republican debate in New Hampshire

We've posted new fact-checks of Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich.

Keeping them honest on Tax Day

Since it's Tax Day,  the deadline to file 2010 tax returns, we thought we'd hit you with a couple tax-related fact checks.

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann's numbers

At the Conservative Principles PAC Conference in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann set herself apart from the other prospective GOP presidential candidates with a slide show of numbers critical of the Obama administration. Some of them we've checked before. But there was a new one that caught our eye, a claim that there has been just one new oil drilling permit under the Obama administration.

Bachmann's $105 billion charge: Was the funding secret?

Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann made a startling charge on "Meet the Press" -- that the Democratic-backed health care law included $105 billion in "secret" spending. Was she right?

The State of the Union 'bump' -- in accuracy

The three speakers on Tuesday night -- President Barack Obama and Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann -- were more careful than other politicians during the 2010 campaign in providing needed caveats to their statistical claims.

Phoenix as kidnapping capital tops reader favorites

When Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst referred to Phoenix in June as the world's No. 2 kidnapping capital, it got our attention. Our resulting review proved to be one of our readers' favorite truth tests, though statements by Rick Perry, John Cornyn and even Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert also intrigued readers. Click on for our inaugural Top 10.

Top 5 falsehoods about the Bush tax cuts

With the tax debate heating up, we review some of the talking points that are just flat wrong.