We choose our most significant fact-checks from the Republican and Democratic conventions.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 05:05 p.m.
Experts say it wasn't just Obama -- he got critical help from President Bush.
By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 01:18 p.m.
An Americans for Prosperity ad shows President Barack Obama promising to cut the national deficit during his first term and saying, "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition." Did President Obama really give himself a three-year deadline to accomplish that goal?
By Nancy Madsen :: Published on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 09:32 a.m.
Sen. Barbara Buono claims the governor has demanded tax cuts the state can't afford; Christie touts his leadership in endorsing Mitt Romney
By Caryn Shinske :: Published on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 07:30 a.m.
On the last night of the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney accepted the party's presidential nomination -- and a Texas educator saluted specialized academies.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 07:37 a.m.
On the third night of the Republican National Convention, speakers and videos tell the story of the presidential nominee.
By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 11:55 p.m.
PolitiFact New Jersey digs into two claims about the nation's health care system that Gov. Chris Christie made during his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
By Erin O'Neill :: Published on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 07:30 a.m.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney took center stage Tuesday on PolitiFact and the Truth-O-Meter as Republicans geared up to nominate him at their Tampa convention. First, we tested a talking point GOP leaders are using to cast Mitt Romney as a self-made man: That Romney "gave away his father's inheritance." We also checked Romney’s critique of the economy and its effects on young people. The economy is perhaps the Obama campaign’s biggest hurdle, and Democrats know it. One of his top campaign aides tried to defend him by saying that the recovery during President Barack Obama’s term is stronger than President Ronald Reagan’s. Wrong. We also checked an attack on Obama by Romney’s vice presidential pick U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan about declining household incomes. He was wrong, too. Read these summaries of our findings below. Want to comment on our rulings? Go to our Facebook page, or find us on Twitter. And watch for us during the conventions. We’re providing daily Truth-O-Meter updates for this week’s Republican convention in Tampa and next week’s Democratic convention in Charlotte.
By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.
Hurricane Isaac may have shut down the Republican National Convention on Monday. But the Truth-O-Meter was unstoppable. PolitiFact arrived in Tampa just as former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist made a surprise endorsement of President Barack Obama in The Tampa Bay Times. He served as governor as a Republican, then ran an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate as an independent. We completed two fact-checks that touched on Crist’s endorsement. Medicare remained a chief concern as the festivities began. Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney accused Obama of hypocrisy, while his vice presidential pick, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, said the Romney-Ryan plan "does not affect" benefits for anyone 55 or older. Read these summaries of our findings below. Want to comment on our rulings? Go to our Facebook page or find us on Twitter. PolitiFact will provide daily Truth-O-Meter updates on the GOP before moving on to Charlotte next week to keep tabs on the Democrats.
By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.
There's a lot of claims going around about Medicare on the campaign trail. We sort out the truth.
By Becky Bowers :: Published on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 05:28 p.m.
The Obama and Romney campaigns are engaged in a fierce battle of connect the dots. Faced with incomplete and sometimes skimpy details to attack their opponents, the campaigns are making some overly generous assumptions and -- sometimes -- drawing some wildly inaccurate conclusions. Here are some of our recent fact-checks on campaign ads that try to connect the dots:
By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 03:01 p.m.
On "The Today Show," we discussed recent campaign ads from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 09:02 p.m.
After we published our check of a Paul Begala claim about Mitt Romney, Begala told us he had leaned on a New York Times news blog post. Our Mostly False rating stands.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 12:40 p.m.
With the New Jersey governor getting a primetime slot later this month in Tampa, Fla., here’s a roundup of Christie’s claims about Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
New Jersey Democrats claim a study found that Romney's plan would hike middle-class taxes to fund a tax cut for the rich; Anna Little says she "made history" in 2010 by nearly defeating Frank Pallone.
By Caryn Shinske :: Published on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 06:30 a.m.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his vice presidential candidate. Here's how Ryan has fared on the Truth-O-Meter.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.
Mitt Romney went first, attacking President Barack Obama over a welfare proposal. Then the White House fired back. In both cases, the results on the Truth-O-Meter were in the red.
By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.
"In the real world, an 8.8 percent reduction in after-tax income is a significant blow," said Daniel Mitchell, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.
In a new campaign ad, President Obama says millionaires will "pay a little more" under his tax plan. We crunch the numbers to see how much that would be.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at 10:01 a.m.
We look at a claim from a TV ad about Mitt Romney's tax plan.
By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.