Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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Fact-checking the Tampa Republican debate

The Republican debate in Tampa turned into a sparring match Monday night as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney attacked each other on their records in political office. Gingrich began the debate with a spirited defense of his record as speaker of the House of Representatives. He repeated a claim we've heard before, that "When I was speaker, we had four consecutive balanced budgets." In fact, two of those balanced budgets occured after he left office. We rated that claim False. Romney attacked Gingrich for his record, claiming that "at the end of four years, he had to resign in disgrace. We interviewed experts about Gingrich's resignation and found that it was more complicated than Romney described.

Did Gingrich leave speakership "in disgrace"?

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are battling to define Gingrich's tenure as House speaker. We take a look at whether Gingrich left the top post "in disgrace."

Previewing Monday's Republican debate

We have a hunch what the candidates will say Monday night because we heard what they said the previous 17 debates. Here are some of the talking points we expect to hear.

Fact-checking the CNN debate in South Carolina

The presidential debates are shrinking, but they're just as lively as ever. With Rick Perry now out of the race, there were four candidates on stage Thursday night for the CNN debate in Charleston, S.C. We'll be posting new fact-checks later today, but here's a recap of some of the claims we've addressed before.

Fact-checking the CNN debate in South Carolina

The final four debate in South Carolina. We put them to the Truth-O-Meter

How factual is the 'King of Bain' video?

The 28-minute video from the pro-Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future seeks to impeach Mitt Romney's credentials as a businessman. But the video's accuracy is mixed at best. Here's a rundown of facts we've checked.

GOP ad wars invade Florida airwaves

We fact-check a recent campaign commercial in the Republican primary for president. Seen a new ad? Be sure to drop us a line.

Do Romney, Perry, Gingrich want to zero out aid to Israel?

That's the claim President Barack Obama's campaign makes on its website. But we found serious problems with the charge.

Newt Gingrich and the Truth-O-Meter

As Newt Gingrich rose in the polls, his record on the Truth-O-Meter plummeted.

Super PACs air similar claim on Pelosi-Gingrich ties

Claims about Newt Gingrich teaming with Nancy Pelosi on global warming appear in video ads from two different super PACs, including one supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential candidacy. PolitiFact put those claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Are federal officials allowed to say 'Merry Christmas'?

Newt Gingrich says it's against the law. We check the rules and end up throwing some britches on the yule log.

Super PAC ad targets Gingrich in Florida

A pro-Romney group is going hard after the former House speaker and sudden front-runner.

Gingrich says Obama passed up IBM's offer to find health-care savings

In a Texas debate, Newt Gingrich said the CEO of IBM had told President Barack Obama how to save billions of dollars in health-care fraud -- and Obama passed up the offer. For real?

Checking Newt Gingrich's jabs about jobs

Newt Gingrich says President Obama is killing jobs. We put the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Nevada

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan was under attack early from the GOP field. Later Mitt Romney and Rick Perry collided over immigration.

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Nevada

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan was under attack early from the GOP field. Later Mitt Romney and Rick Perry collided over immigration.

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.

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.

Truth-O-Meter passes on claim about 10th Amendment

Fans of limited government, put down those pompoms and get off the sidelines. GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich wants you to join Team 10. Long a rallying point for those who want to curtail the power of federal government, the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution describes the powers held by states and people. It’s been neglected for too long, Gingrich said in a conference call announcing the effort. That’s why Gingrich launched Team 10, an Internet crowd-sourcing initiative, to brainstorm ideas to end big government and get the federal government to "enforce the 10th Amendment," the effort’s Facebook page says.   

Fact-checking the Iowa Republican debate

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