Articles from October, 2012

Scariest lines of the 2012 campaign

For Halloween, we highlight the scare tactics of 2012. Don't be afraid! The Truth-O-Meter says they're not true!

In context: Romney's comments on FEMA

In context: Romney's comments on FEMA

Twisting the truth on windmills, pensions and prostitutes

Both sides have used China as a villain in the 2012 campaign. We've put their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Mailbag: 'Count me disappointed'

A look back at some of the mail from readers that we've received in recent months, including claims made during the conventions and the debates.

Fact-checking the third presidential debate

We continue to post new fact-checking reports from the debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Monday night. The topic was foreign policy. Did you hear something you would like fact-checked? Suggest ideas by tagging tweets with #PolitiFactThis. You can also email us at

Fact-checking foreign policy

In advance of Monday night's debate, we look at our recent fact-checks on foreign policy.

PolitiFact's guide to Mitt Romney and abortion

We review what Mitt Romney has said about Roe vs. Wade, personhood, the Human Life Amendment, Planned Parenthood, federal funding and contraception.

Sorting out the truth on the attack in Libya

We fact-check claims by Mitt Romney and Joe Biden about the fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Fact-checking the town hall debate

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clashed at a town hall debate Tuesday night. We're putting many of their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking taxes in the presidential race

What are the facts when it comes Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's tax policies?

Fact-checking the vice presidential debate

We're checking the lively volley of claims from Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in Thursday's debate. Did you hear a claim you would like us to check? Use Twitter hashtag #PolitiFactThis or email us at Here's what we've posted so far.

Fact-checking the new ads hitting the swing states

We’re checking ads that are saturating airwaves in key states. See a claim you would like us to check? Use Twitter hashtag #PolitiFactThis or email us at

To suggest a fact-check, tweet with #PolitiFactThis

If you have a claim you think we should check, use the #PolitiFactThis hashtag on Twitter.

Fact-checking the Denver presidential debate

We continue our fact-checking of the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Our reports look at the federal budget, education, Medicare, taxes and the 2010 health care law.

How to get the facts during the presidential debate

Watching debates is now a two-screen affair. Many people have their smartphone, tablet or laptop with them so they can look things up as the candidates trade talking points. Make PolitiFact one of your resources. We’ll be live fact-checking all the presidential debates this month and have some special coverage planned. Here are some tips on how to use PolitiFact as you watch them: * Use our free app, Settle It! PolitiFact's Argument Ender. Available for iPhone and Android, Settle It! has an easy-to-use search feature that allows you to enter names and keywords and find the Truth-O-Meter articles that answer your question. (Although we don't have a separate iPad version, the iPhone app works great on the iPad.) Keep reading...