Sunday, September 21st, 2014

All stories featuring Ron Paul

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.

Were the early 1960s a golden age for health care?

In the Charleston, S.C., Republican debate, Ron Paul said that in the early 1960s, before the advent of Medicare and Medicaid, "there was nobody out in the street suffering (without) medical care." We looked back at statistical data to paint a portrait of how Americans handled health care back then.

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.

Fifty fact checks of Rick Perry for president

Claims by or about Rick Perry as he stumped for president gave the Truth-O-Meter a vigorous workout. Highlights, please!  

Fact-checking the CNN debate in South Carolina

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

S.C. debate claim familiar? Find our research fast

America has bases in 130 countries? A million new jobs were created in Texas?  Presidential candidates Ron Paul and Rick Perry of Texas covered a lot of ground in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day debate. Click here for our research on some of their claims.

PolitiFact Texas turns two

PolitiFact Texas just turned 2 -- bounding into toddler-hood in part thanks to strong interest in fact checks of Rick Perry and Barack Obama.

'Relax, dude, it was a rally speech'

That's the response we got from a Ron Paul spokesman when we inquired about Paul's claim on the gold standard. It's the best quote we've gotten from a campaign spokesman in months!

Rep. Ron Paul and the Truth-O-Meter

We assess Ron Paul's record on the Truth-O-Meter. Overall, his record leans toward truth.

Checking Ron Paul and Barack Obama on torture

During the Republican candidates debate in South Carolina on Nov. 12, 2011, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., didn't hedge. "Torture is illegal by our laws. It's illegal by international laws," he said. Is it? And what's Barack Obama's record on the issue?

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul remix

(Editor’s note: With the Iowa caucuses only two months away, PolitiFact Georgia will dedicate this week to summaries of key fact-checks on the leading GOP candidates as well as President Barack Obama’s performance on his 500 campaign promises. Today we look at Ron Paul.) Want to comment on our findings? Visit us on Facebook. Every month since 9/11, there have been as many suicide attacks against the United States and its allies as there were in all the years leading up to 9/11. Paul made this remark Sept. 30 at a forum in Manchester, N.H., to criticize the U.S. for playing "policeman of the world." Whether Paul meant al-Qaida suicide attacks only or all groups who have executed suicide campaigns against the U.S. and its allies was unclear. Either way, the number of suicide attacks against the U.S. and its allies since 9/11 is not "equivalent" to the total before 9/11. The average number each month is actually greater than the total number that predated that day, so Paul is actually understating the magnitude. And the data support his underlying point that the number of attacks since Sept. 11, 2001, has grown. We rate Paul's claim Mostly True.

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.

Smokin’ Texas claims by Ron Paul, pro-Bachmann group

Separate claims about Texas taxes and spending by Ron Paul and a group backing Michele Bachmann for president caught fire on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the Fox News-Google GOP Debate

The GOP candidates faced off in Orlando, with questions from Fox News and YouTube. We put them to the Truth-O-Meter. And we'd already just completed a check about the Texas law permitting some illegal immigrants to get in-state college tuition.a

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.

Ron Paul gauges U.S. involvement abroad

Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul let rip with a specific tabulation of U.S. military involvement in last week’s Republican presidential debate: "We're in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world." He was mostly right.

Punching Rick Perry

The latest Republican presidential debates gave candidates opportunities to poke at the front-runner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. PolitiFact has since caught up to some blows with 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.

Jobs, jobs, jobs in Republican debate

The GOP candidates talked about jobs, immigration and more jobs during the debate at the Reagan Library.

Checking Rick Perry

No one in Texas has faced the Truth-O-Meter more than Rick Perry, who's gotten more True ratings than anyone else in the state -- 10 -- while also leading in False (14) and Pants on Fire ratings (7). The just-declared presidential hopeful has generally fared well on our other meter, the Perry-O-Meter, which rates the fulfillment of campaign promises, though given his speech in South Carolina today we're also marking as a Promise Broken his repeated vow not to run for president.