PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia are checking statements made by Mitt Romney and President Obama during Tuesday’s debate. We will be updating our online site -- http://www.politifact.com/georgia/ -- throughout the day as fact-checks are completed. Readers can comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. And they can follow on Twitter at: PolitiFactGA. Below are some initial (abbreviated versions of) fact-checks on actual statements by the candidates or major themes they broached during their second debate. Look for the complete fact-checks at the PolitiFact online sites.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 07:13 a.m.
Colleagues deliver a breaking story on who got the facts straight in the Hofstra University presidential debate.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clashed at a town hall debate Tuesday night. We're putting many of their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 09:20 p.m.
What are the facts when it comes Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's tax policies?
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 04:09 p.m.
We’re checking ads that are saturating airwaves in key states. See a claim you would like us to check? Use Twitter hashtag #PolitiFactThis or email us at email@example.com.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 05:17 p.m.
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney traded barbs Wednesday night on taxes, jobs, health care and the economy — and often stretched the facts. "Mr. President," Romney said, "you're entitled as the president to your own airplane and to your own house, but not to your own facts." Romney also would have benefited from that advice. We're combing through the pair's remarks from the University of Denver's Ritchie Center, where moderator Jim Lehrer focused on the economy, health care, the role of government and governing. We'll update this story as we post new fact-checks. Readers can comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia and can follow us on Twitter at PolitiFactGA. And we welcome suggestions on what we should fact-check. Email us, fill out the suggestion form on the Settle It! app or tweet us your ideas with #PolitiFactThis. Here's what we've checked so far: Taxes • Obama said that Romney's plan "calls for a $5 trillion tax cut." The figure accounts for only half of Romney's plan, and it's cumulative over 10 years. The governor says he will offset those lost revenues by reducing tax deductions and eliminating loopholes. However, he hasn't specified what those changes would be. The president made a misleading statement about an incomplete plan, but he did describe what the plan was missing and that Romney would not fill in the gaps. We rated the claim Half True. • Obama said that "independent studies" looking at Romney's tax plan say the only way to meet Romney's goal of not adding to the deficit is by "burdening middle class families." A reputable study from the Tax Policy Center found that to meet Romney's deficit goal, middle class taxpayers might lose exemptions and deductions worth about $2,000. So we previously have rated Mostly True a claim that Romney is proposing a tax plan "that would give millionaires another tax break and raise taxes on middle class families by up to $2,000 a year." • Romney said six tax studies look at a study that Obama described and "say it's completely wrong." Previously, Romney has claimed that five studies back his tax plan. We found that Mostly False. We saw no more than two independent studies out of the five claimed. • Obama said he "lowered taxes for small businesses 18 times." When we examined his claim last summer that his administration had "provided at least 16 tax cuts to small businesses," we rated it Mostly True, noting that conservative tax specialists say the statistic ignores proposed and enacted tax hikes on small businesses. Deficit • Romney claimed that Obama had said he would "cut the deficit in half." That's the case. We rated a claim from Crossroads GPS that Obama failed to keep his pledge of halving the deficit True. • Obama said he put forward "a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan." That's true if you combine the 10-year impact of his budget with the 10-year impact of cuts already approved. (For that reason, we've previously found his claim that his budget plan would "cut our deficits by $4 trillion" Half True.) Jobs • Romney said part of his plan to create jobs includes North American energy independence. He said that while oil and gas production might be up, Obama shouldn't get credit — the increase was on private lands, not public. We have previously found that oil production on public lands dropped 14 percent in one year, but that's not the whole story. It was small snapshot, and partly because of hurricanes. We rated a claim from Crossroads GPS that oil "production's down where Obama's in charge" Half True. Our reporting confirmed Romney's claim that Obama shouldn't get credit — but neither, perhaps, should President George W. Bush. • Romney said half of college graduates can't find a job. We've previously rated that Mostly True — about a quarter of recent college grads can't find a job, while another quarter found jobs that don't require college degrees. Medicare • Romney claimed "on Medicare for current retirees, (Obama is) cutting $716 billion from the program." That amount refers to Obama's reductions in Medicare spending over 10 years, primarily in what's paid to insurers and hospitals. But the statement gives the impression that the law takes money already allocated to Medicare away from current recipients. We rated Romney's claim Half True. • Romney also claimed that Obama used those Medicare savings to pay for his health care law. We've previously rated Romney's claim that Obama took that money from Medicare "to pay for Obamacare" Half True. The new health care law uses a number of measures to try to reduce the rapid growth of future Medicare spending. Those savings are used to offset costs created by the health care law — especially coverage for the uninsured — so that the overall law doesn't add to the deficit. • Obama claimed that the "essence" of Romney's plan for retiree health care was to "turn Medicare into a voucher program." Romney would give seniors a premium support payment toward private insurance, to replace the current system of government payments to doctors and hospitals. Generally, we think "voucher program" is a fair way of describing to voters the vision for Medicare under a Romney-Ryan administration. We rated Obama's claim Mostly True. • Obama recycled an outdated number about vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's original Medicare proposal, saying that "because the voucher wouldn't necessarily keep up with health care inflation, it was estimated that this would cost the average senior about $6,000 a year." That ignores a more recent Ryan proposal that pegs the size of the voucher to the second-cheapest plan available on a Medicare exchange. We rated a related claim from the secretary of Health and Human Services last month Half True. Health care • Romney said that Obama failed to cut health care premiums by $2,500. That's true. On our Obameter, which tracks Obama's 2008 campaign promises, we've rated that a Promise Broken. • Obama said that Romney used the same advisers to create his Massachusetts health plan that Obama later did for his health care law. Rick Santorum once claimed that a "Romney adviser admits Romneycare was the blueprint for Obamacare." If Santorum's ad had said "former adviser," that would have been True. • Obama claimed that Romney said his Massachusetts law was a "model for the nation." Romney later fired back that he said it was a model "state by state," not from the federal government down. We've previously found that an early version of Romney's book No Apology did advocate the Massachusetts model as a strong option for other states, as Romney said. • Romney said that Obama "put in place a board that can tell people ultimately what treatments they're going to receive." Romney avoided the more inaccurate and harsher wording of some other critics, who have falsely described the board as "rationing" care. But Romney's claim can leave viewers with the impression that the board makes health care decisions for individual Americans, and that's not the case. We rated his statement Mostly False.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 07:26 a.m.
We continue our fact-checking of the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Our reports look at the federal budget, education, Medicare, taxes and the 2010 health care law.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 11:45 p.m.
The debate is done, and the fact-checking has begun. PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia are checking statements made by Mitt Romney and President Obama during Wednesday’s Denver face-to-face showdown. We will be updating our online site -- http://www.politifact.com/georgia/ -- throughout the day as fact-checks are completed. Readers can comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. And they can follow on Twitter at: PolitiFactGA. Below are some initial (abbreviated versions of) fact-checks on actual statements by the candidates or major themes they broached during Wednesday’s debate. Look for the complete fact-checks at the PolitiFact online sites.
We're planning special coverage for the presidential debates. Here are some tips on how to use PolitiFact as you watch the debate. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) for full versions of fact-checks. Readers can comment on our rulings at the Facebook site. We'll also be live Tweeting the debates on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga), We'll update those pages with new fact-checks throughout the news cycle.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.
Watching debates is now a two-screen affair. Many people have their smartphone, tablet or laptop with them so they can look things up as the candidates trade talking points. Make PolitiFact one of your resources. We’ll be live fact-checking all the presidential debates this month and have some special coverage planned. Here are some tips on how to use PolitiFact as you watch them: * Use our free app, Settle It! PolitiFact's Argument Ender. Available for iPhone and Android, Settle It! has an easy-to-use search feature that allows you to enter names and keywords and find the Truth-O-Meter articles that answer your question. (Although we don't have a separate iPad version, the iPhone app works great on the iPad.) Keep reading...
By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.
Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, are running new ads in Virginia that contain claims that aren't completely true. Here is a summary of the ratings they've received.
By Nancy Madsen :: Published on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 04:11 p.m.
We fact-check a claim from a Mitt Romney campaign ad that says President Barack Obama wants to cut the defense budget. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) for full versions of these and other fact-checks. Readers can comment on our rulings at the FaceBook site. Or find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga). We update that page with new fact-checks throughout the news cycle.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 03:26 p.m.
We look into comments from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on redistribution and find it's long been a part of U.S. tax policy. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) for full versions of these and other fact-checks. Readers can comment on our rulings at the FaceBook site. Or find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga). We update that page with new fact-checks throughout the news cycle.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.
Campaign ads are famous for being false. But we actually give more Half True ratings.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.
Flipping channels, we came across a familiar expert speaking to how many Americans pay federal income taxes. Thing is, Roberton Williams has figured into numerous PolitiFact fact checks.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.
Grainy video of Mitt Romney talking to big-dollar donors May 17 in Florida has the political world in a tizzy. PolitiFact has looked into Romney’s remarks in the secretly recorded video and fact-checked several of the comments. Several abbreviated versions of those fact-checks appear below. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) for full versions of these and other fact-checks. Readers can comment on our rulings at the FaceBook site. Or find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga). We update that page with new fact-checks throughout the news cycle.
Mitt Romney said his comments in a controversial video were "not elegantly stated." They’re also not entirely true. Our fact-checks of the surreptitious recording.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 06:09 p.m.
The sticking point is that Romney hasn’t specified what exemptions, deductions and loopholes he wants to get rid of. So it’s impossible to tell if the math in Romney’s tax plan adds up.
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
As we kicked into high gear for the party conventions, our readers were right there with us, challenging and cheering our work.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 11:52 a.m.
Returning to a frequent theme of his campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday charged that the Obama administration, through a statement released by the U.S. embassy in Cairo, made an "apology" to Islamic radicals. We take a closer look. Want to comment on our rulings? Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) or find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga). And check our Facebook page throughout the day. We update it with new fact checks morning, noon and night.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.
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