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Greatest hits from the Tampa and Charlotte conventions

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.

Ad Watch: Crafty splice tags Obama with a promise

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.

Convention speakers throw verbal jabs at Obama

President Barack Obama quipped that Republicans have said some "wonderful" things about him during this week’s national convention in Tampa. Speakers contrasted the president’s record to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s. Others claimed Obama has never worked in business and doesn’t want farm kids to do basic chores. PolitiFact looked at those claims and others. 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 convention fact-checks morning and night. Read summaries of some of our latest checks below. Look for a roundup of our fact-checks of Romney’s speech in Saturday’s newspaper.

By Eric Stirgus :: Published on Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.

Ryan and the Simpson-Bowles Commission: the full story

In his speech accepting the vice presidential nomination, Paul Ryan blamed President Barack Obama for the failure of a presidentially appointed debt commission. But that ignored Ryan's own role.

By Louis Jacobson, J.B. Wogan :: Published on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 04:38 p.m.

Checking Paul Ryan and more at the Republican National Convention

We're fact-checking the second full night of speeches at the Republican National Convention.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.

Truth-O-Meter keeps rolling

The speeches keep coming and our Truth-O-Meter keeps rolling. The Republican National Convention in Tampa scheduled hours of back-to-back speeches pounding President Barack Obama on what they say is his inability to bring about change we can believe in. Who can get the job done? We’ll let you guess the GOP’s answer. And here’s a hint: The theme of Wednesday's session was "We Can Change It." GOP luminaries focused on fiscal responsibility and the economy, which was good news for PolitiFact. Those are two of our favorite subjects. And speaking of the economy, we added a fact-check of a top Obama campaign official who made a claim about Mitt Romney’s position on a popular tax policy. Read these summaries of our latest checks below. Want to comment? 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 convention fact checks morning and night.

By Willoughby Mariano, Eric Stirgus :: Published on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.

Wednesday night at the GOP convention: the running mate and more

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.

Republican convention: Talking about money

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.

Truth-O-Meter unstoppable amid GOP convention shutdown

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.

The guide to Medicare attack lines

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.

Did Republicans vote to end Medicare "as we know it"?

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.

Paul Begala says his Romney claim ties to New York Times’ blog post

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.

Testing Ryan and the Texas GOP

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.

How Paul Ryan has fared on the Truth-O-Meter

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.

The real thing on Paul Ryan, Texas and a Coca-Cola study

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.

Truth-O-Meter rates claims from both political parties Mostly False

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.

The veep-stakes

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.

Want to invoke our Lie of the Year? Get it right

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.

By Becky Bowers, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 04:05 p.m.

Lie of the Year 2011: 'Republicans voted to end 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.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.

Lie of the Year 2011: Readers' poll results

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.

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