Statements about History
The minimum wage "in real terms right now is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office."
"In the history of the United States, 168 presidential nominees have been filibustered, 82 blocked under President Obama, 86 blocked under all the other presidents."
In 1929, the Secretary of State shut down a program that was "collecting information to protect America" because it was "unseemly," but that move led to "millions and millions" of deaths in World War II.
"Woodrow Wilson borrowed $30 billion to fund World War I in 1917. That money has not been paid back. And we are still paying interest on it."
Says under President Barack Obama, the debt increased by 23 percent, which was less than under any president going back to Ronald Reagan.
Shutdowns are "a normal part of the constitutional process," with 12 shutdowns under Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill and two during his own speakership.
Says there's a "100-year-old international norm not to use chemical weapons."
"The House did vote against engagement in Kosovo, and Bill Clinton kept fighting anyway. And, then, ultimately, a vote did pass."
The minimum wage is "lower right now than it was when Ronald Reagan took office."
As a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1981, "there were days where folks couldn't go outside. … because of all the pollution in the air."
"The United States has never stood by and seen innocent people slaughtered to the extent that's happening in Syria."
Says it’s "an old wives’ story" that Margaret Thatcher told George H.W. Bush not to go wobbly.
Says wrestling was a favorite sport of Abraham Lincoln.
Says during George W. Bush’s administration "we were losing millions of jobs per month," while under Barack Obama we have "three years of gaining hundreds of thousands of jobs per month."
Under Barack Obama, the U.S. now has the "lowest workforce since (President Jimmy) Carter."
"Taxes are lower on families than they've been probably in the last 50 years."
Says Obama is only president in history who has deliberately removed the words "endowed by their Creator" when referring to the Declaration of Independence.
"Redistribution" has "never been a characteristic of America."
When Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were created, "Republicans stood on the sidelines"
"Since 1961 … our private economy has produced 66 million private-sector jobs. So what's the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 (million)."
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