As the American public waits out the government shutdown, campaign committees put out distorted attacks about what’s happening in Congress.
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A recent tweet by the Republican National Committee said that "Americans are fleeing tax-and-spend states" like California for states that are fiscally conservative. It's become a meme repeated nationwide. But what does the data show?
"Today I'm pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office," President Barack Obama said on Feb. 23, 2009.
The RNC and Mitt Romney say that over the past six months President Barack Obama had time for fundraisers and golf, but there were no meetings of his jobs council. We check the numbers and find they are on target.
The Republican National Committee used President Barack Obama's trip to Scranton, Pa., to resurrect a speech he'd made there in early 2008. But do the numbers in the RNC's Web ad support its criticism of the president?