Statements about History

Says Ralph Hall is "the oldest member in Congress ever."

Says President Barack Obama "is the first president we've ever had who thinks he can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore."

"Over the past three years, ‘deep poverty’ has reached its highest level on record."

Crimea was part of Russia "until 1954, when it was given to the Soviet Republic of the Ukraine."

Says President Barack Obama has issued upwards of 1,000 executive orders, more than any modern president.

"The federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan" gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.

On foreign policy, Joe Biden was against aid for Vietnam, said the fall of the Shah was "a step forward" for human rights in Iran, opposed Reagan's defense build-up and voted against the first Gulf War.

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.

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