We're fact-checking the second full night of speeches at the Republican National Convention.
By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 10:28 p.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.
Democrats have deployed this modified attack line in congressional races around the country. But is it more accurate?
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 04:39 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.
Mitt Romney’s VP pick, Congressman Paul Ryan, gave the keynote speech at Texas’ Republican convention in June. We’ve checked two statements from the speech, and our newest fact-check concerns a "critical thinking" plank in the Texas GOP platform adopted at the convention.
By Sue Owen :: Published on Sunday, August 12th, 2012 at 12:28 p.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.
It sounded so good: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan telling Texas Republicans a Coca-Cola study showed Texans love Texas more than residents of any other state love their own state. But...
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 02:09 p.m.
Attack claims from Democrats, Republicans against opposing party are less than accurate.
By Caryn Shinske :: Published on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 07:30 a.m.
With the question of who will be at the top of the Republican presidential ticket looking more and more settled, attention is turning to the No. 2 spot. Who will be the vice presidential pick?
By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
PolitiFact’s 2011 Lie of the Year got some attention on the House floor Wednesday as lawmakers debated Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal. But several of them played fast and loose with our award-winner. Here's what we said — and didn't say — about changes to Medicare.
In campaign ads, web videos and TV interviews, Democrats repeatedly said House Republicans had "voted to end Medicare." Our 2011 winner is the latest in a long history of scare tactics aimed at senior citizens.
The claim that economic stimulus created "zero jobs" was the No. 1 choice of PolitiFact readers.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 12:03 a.m.
For the first time, PolitiFact editors and readers chose different claims as the Lie of the Year.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Ponzi puzzle: A closer look at Ryan and claims he agreed with Perry that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme
When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was asked whether he agreed with Rick Perry about Social Security being a Ponzi scheme, it created a firestorm. We took a closer look at what was said.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 10:00 p.m.
The radio ad says: "Congressman Scott Rigell voted to end Medicare, forcing seniors to pay more to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires."
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 01:57 p.m.
Politicians like to repeat juicy lines made by party leaders or campaign committees. But as a claim works its way through Congress, the truth doesn't always travel so well.
By Jacob Geiger :: Published on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
Mike Haridopolos is facing heat for differing positions on whether he'd support what's known as the "Ryan Plan." What's so controversial about the plan? PolitiFact Florida gives you a primer.
It's an eye-catching -- if not eye-popping -- ad. But is the plan by Rep. Paul Ryan really tantamount to throwing Granny from the cliff?
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 05:30 p.m.
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