Articles from January, 2012

PolitiFact's guide to the Florida GOP primary

We review our fact-checking of the TV ads and debates for the Florida primary.

Fact-checking the CNN debate in Florida

The CNN debate in Florida was a contentious affair. We put some of the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the Republican response

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels offered the Republican Party's response to Tuesday night's State of the Union address. We checked it for accuracy.

Tuning the Truth-O-Meter

We explain how we decide on a Truth-O-Meter rating and why we changed a rating on a jobs claim.

Fact-checking the State of the Union address

The president makes his annual address to a joint session of Congress. We put some of his claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the Tampa Republican debate

The Republican debate in Tampa turned into a sparring match Monday night as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney attacked each other on their records in political office. Gingrich began the debate with a spirited defense of his record as speaker of the House of Representatives. He repeated a claim we've heard before, that "When I was speaker, we had four consecutive balanced budgets." In fact, two of those balanced budgets occured after he left office. We rated that claim False. Romney attacked Gingrich for his record, claiming that "at the end of four years, he had to resign in disgrace. We interviewed experts about Gingrich's resignation and found that it was more complicated than Romney described.

Did Gingrich leave speakership "in disgrace"?

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are battling to define Gingrich's tenure as House speaker. We take a look at whether Gingrich left the top post "in disgrace."

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

PolitiFact's guide to the brags and boasts of the presidential primary

Getting tired of all the negative attacks? When candidates talk about themselves, their rhetoric takes on a decidedly positive tone.

Mitt Romney warns U.S. military is becoming archaic

During the recent South Carolina debate, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that "our Navy is smaller than it's been since 1917. Our Air Force is smaller and older than any time since 1947." But military experts told us that comparing ship and aircraft numbers to those from a century ago don't say very much about how effective a fighting force we have today.

Fact-checking the Fox debate in South Carolina

We check some of the claims from the Fox News-Wall Street Journal debate.

Introducing PolitiFact Tennessee, our 10th state

With our new effort in Tennessee, PolitiFact and its partners have dedicated the equivalent of 35 full-time journalists to fact-checking, which we believe is the largest effort in history.

How factual is the 'King of Bain' video?

The 28-minute video from the pro-Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future seeks to impeach Mitt Romney's credentials as a businessman. But the video's accuracy is mixed at best. Here's a rundown of facts we've checked.

The PolitiFact guide to the anti-Romney 'King of Bain' video

Don't have 28 minutes to watch the anti-Romney video? Then check out our handy synopsis. (Spoiler alert: It ends with Romney saying something in French.)

Do Romney, Perry, Gingrich want to zero out aid to Israel?

That's the claim President Barack Obama's campaign makes on its website. But we found serious problems with the charge.

In context: Does Mitt Romney like firing people?

The notion that Mitt Romney admitted liking the ability to fire people was media catnip. But what's the full context of his quote?

Mitt Romney's job creator claim short on evidence

Mitt Romney says he helped create 100,000 new jobs. Critics say he's been a job destroyer. But who's right? Fact-checkers and other journalists have repeatedly looked at the history of Bain Capital, the investment firm Romney ran from 1984 to 1999. Bottom line? It's tough to prove job claims on either side — not that we won't try.

Fact-checking the New Hampshire debates

We're checking the New Hampshire debates this weekend. Follow our live coverage on Twitter @PolitiFact and check throughout the day for new Truth-O-Meter items.

Amid good jobs report, an old 'promise' resurfaces

Did President Barack Obama promise to keep unemployment below 8 percent if Congress passed his stimulus? Not exactly, but Republicans haven't given up their talking point.

'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!

A PolitiFact farewell to Michele Bachmann

We reflect on Michele Bachmann's Truth-O-Meter record as she suspends her presidential campaign.

PolitiFact announces partnership with Hearst TV

Hearst's 25 stations will be airing weekly Truth-O-Meter segments.