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.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 05:58 p.m.
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.
Claims by or about Rick Perry as he stumped for president gave the Truth-O-Meter a vigorous workout. Highlights, please!
The final four debate in South Carolina. We put them to the Truth-O-Meter
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 just turned 2 -- bounding into toddler-hood in part thanks to strong interest in fact checks of Rick Perry and Barack Obama.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.
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!
By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
We assess Ron Paul's record on the Truth-O-Meter. Overall, his record leans toward truth.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 09:38 a.m.
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?
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
(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.
By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.
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.
By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 09:19 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
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
By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 06:15 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.
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.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 06:35 a.m.
The GOP candidates talked about jobs, immigration and more jobs during the debate at the Reagan Library.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 09:49 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Saturday, August 13th, 2011 at 01:28 p.m.
We're fact-checking claims from candidates at Thursday night's debate for the Republican presidential nomination.
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