Republican presidential candidates, their latest muffs and misstatements

It's Ted Cruz, here stumping in Iowa, who has center stage in the Fox News debate (Getty Images).
It's Ted Cruz, here stumping in Iowa, who has center stage in the Fox News debate (Getty Images).

In a hurry? Hustle to PolitiFact’s Fox News debate coverage here.

If you like, peek at Democrat Hillary Clinton’s Truth-O-Meter report card here. Bernie Sanders’ record is here. 

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Heading into the debate, we wondered what the Republican candidates have lately muffed or misrepresented.

Austin-born Carly Fiorina got it wrong when she said abortions are increasing, PolitiFact reports.

Separately, PolitiFact Virginia concluded an abortion rights advocate got it wrong when she said more than 100,000 Texas women had tried to self-induce abortions this past year.

Canada-born but Houston-reared Ted Cruz of Texas misquoted Dianne Feinstein about rounding up America’s guns, PolitiFact California notes.

We rated Mostly True, meantime, a claim by Marco Rubio about the reach of Cruz’s proposed flat tax.

PolitiFact Iowa in December found Mostly False this Cruz claim: "The Democrats in the Senate last year introduced a constitutional amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment." The proposal in question would allow legislators to regulate fundraising and campaign spending. Constitutional scholars advise the amendment would have a limited or nonexistent effect on speech rights.

Donald Trump got it wrong, PolitiFact Florida finds, when he said Mexico can afford the border wall he promises thanks to our trade deficit with that southern neighbor; one doesn’t relate to the other.

PolitiFact Wisconsin hasn’t lately checked a presidential hopeful; Scott Walker bowed out, after all. In December, though, its researchers found True House Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim the U.S. "tax rate on successful small businesses is 44.6 percent," while the business tax rate in Canada is 15 percent.

Likewise, PolitiFact Georgia has lately kept its focus on claims in that state. What caught our attention: That crew rated Mostly True a federal claim Georgia "has the (nation’s) highest flu activity."

So, what’s got you wondering?

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