A reader asked us to check a Facebook post showing Ted Cruz saying there's no place for gays or atheists in "my America."
PANTS ON FIRE!
Rand Paul, who just declared for president, has met the Truth-O-Meter--35 times.
He's also the second Texan seeking the Republican nomination. Former Gov. Rick Perry has said he'll reveal his desires in May or June.
OK, Paul is from Kentucky. And he was born in Pennsylvania. But he grew up in Texas; his father, former presidential hopeful Ron Paul, was a Lake Jackson congressman.
As shown below, Sen. Paul has a wide-ranging Truth-O-Meter record. MORE:
A Facebook meme suggests Canada-born Ted Cruz conveniently flip-flopping on needing to be born in the U.S. to run for president.
Pants on Fire! The comments attributed to Cruz don't reflect any actual remarks that we could find.
Our look at the meme turned out to be
Fact checks of Ted Cruz spiked as he declared his candidacy for president.
We ended the week by lighting afire a Facebook meme critical of Cruz and rolling in Obama.
Rick Perry, who might join Texan Ted Cruz in declaring for president, has said he's the only aspirant who's got military service under his belt.
That declaration overlooks some fellow longshots.
Ted Cruz, the lively Texas senator, is declared his candidacy for president Monday. (Ahem, he tweeted his plans before he spoke.)
Win or lose in that endeavor, the Houston lawyer already has a Truth-O-Meter record drawing lots of online attention. See his ratings through today below. Dig into some of his "greatest hits" in our story starting here. Or gander at a PolitiFact look into his eligibility to run for president (Cruz was born in Canada) here.
It's TRUE: Cruz is the longest-serving solicitor general of Texas in history.
Ted Cruz has a book coming this summer, perhaps in time to run for president.
Coming in June: "A Time for Truth."
Can't wait? Check out the Texas Republican's Truth-O-Meter report card.
A poll shows Ted Cruz barely still the favorite of Texas Republicans considering presidential prospects--with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker close behind (within the poll's margin of error).
Poll results oft change. But Truth-O-Meter report cards just get longer. Walker has been fact-checked more than Cruz; he also has more Pants on Fire ratings. More ahead...
Source: News story, "UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring," the Texas Tribune, Feb. 23, 2015
Ted Cruz, critical of ISIS, said the group had gone so far as to nail Christians to trees.
Truth-O-Meter said: False.
Our check of Cruz on this front was our No. 2-most-viewed story of 2014. (The No. 1 story, coming soon, arose from Bob Cole's mail.)
A trio of fact checks of flawed claims about activities near the Texas-Mexico border drew reader interest, each one landing among our 10 most-read stories of 2014:
* Ted Cruz incorrectly said Barack Obama has promised amnesty to illegal immigrants
* Pants on Fire: Duncan Hunter makes unconfirmed claim Border Patrol caught at least 10 ISIS fighters
* Rick Perry claim about 3,000 homicides by illegal immigrants not supported by stat
Net neutrality is back in the news -- following President Barack Obama’s Nov. 10 proposal for "the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality."
Triumphant candidates on Tuesday night heralded Texas’ growing power -- similarly invoking the incomplete claim that 1,000 people move here daily.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore took a different tack on calls for a travel ban in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.
Our check of a Ted Cruz claim about crucifixions in Iraq proved our most-read article in September. But fact checks of Wendy Davis also attracted many readers.
September’s top 5 hits, ahead.
Ted Cruz invoked PolitiFact's Lie of the Year as a reason Barack Obama isn’t necessarily to be trusted.
An ominous ad about Greg Abbott and a salesman-rapist led our fact checks sparking the most reader interest in August.
Multiple political figures this summer made questionable claims about the Texas-Mexico border region and/or illegal immigrants -- ranging from people from terrorist states to Ukrainians to children from Central America. (And no, those weren't the political figures.)
The Truth-O-Meter leaned south.
Ted Cruz took a bribe from the billionaire Kochs to make a proposal, a pro-Democratic group said.
That's ridiculously unfounded.
Winners: Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, while Wendy Davis landed 10th and Greg Abbott didn’t make the cut.
Rest easy, punditoids. We’re solely talking about July's 10 most-viewed PolitiFact Texas fact checks, including three Pants on Fire results.
Hillary Clinton weighs in on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby decision, while Sen. Ted Cruz claims the president wants amnesty for border-crossers. Are they right? PolitiFact Oregon checked.