Articles from October, 2011

Do governors control job gains and losses?

In just the past five months, PolitiFact has checked job-creation and job-loss claims about governors of Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin. Not one of the 11 statements rated True.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.

Checking Anita Perry on a family-related job claim

Anita Perry says her son had to quit an investment banking job due to a federal regulation. Really?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.

Romney misleads, flawed Perry video says

Rick Perry’s latest online video calls Mitt Romney misleading. It misleads.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 12:44 p.m.

Romney put illegal immigrants to work, Perry says

Familiar, fact-checked claims flew at the CNN Republican presidential debate including a charge that Mitt Romney employed undocumented immigrants to mow his lawn.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 6:59 a.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 6:43 a.m.

Edits fuel distortions in Perry video on Romney

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s online video leaves out key words and leaves in misimpressions about rival Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, and President Barack Obama.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Revisiting Rick Perry, Al Gore, Ronald Reagan

Some familiar claims were loosed at this week’s Republican presidential debate -- including Rick Perry’s claim that while Texas gained 1 million jobs, the country lost 2.5 million. A rundown...

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 3:32 p.m.

Michele Bachmann assails Rick Perry

Rick Perry wasn't front and center in this week's Republican presidential debate, but Michele Bachmann chose to level a flawed question his direction.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.

Are you now or have you ever been?

Provocative labels--socialist, for instance--fly these days like "liberal" used to be tossed around. In Texas, Ted Cruz recently said David Dewhurst’s camp called Cruz a Communist.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 7:28 a.m.

Rick Perry supported guest worker program

Rick Perry has supported a guest worker program for illegal immigrants, a national leader of the Libertarian Party says. Wes Benedict’s claim mostly checks out.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.

Mailbag: 'You’re a loser, aren't you?'

Our checks of claims about class sizes in Texas and Rick Perry’s hometown lacking a ZIP code drew many reader comments. We share a few.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.

Santorum links Perry, Obama and binational health insurance

At the last Republican presidential debate, Rick Santorum said Rick Perry talked about binational health insurance for Texas and Mexico in 2001 — and threw Barack Obama into his claim. Did Perry advocate binational health plans?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

David Dewhurst as chupacabra?

Likening David Dewhurst to the mythical chupacabra, Ted Cruz says the lieutenant governor skipped nine U.S. Senate forums after announcing his candidacy in July. Really?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.

PolitiFact's report card on Herman Cain

Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate who took issue this weekend with Rick Perry's trips to a hunting camp near a rock with a black slur on it, has been checked by PolitiFact 13 times. Cain has earned two Mostly True ratings, three Half True, one Mostly False, five False and two Pants on Fires.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.

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