Statements about History

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

"By 2006, the American people were overwhelmingly against the Iraq War."

"In Iran in 1979, the extremists hijacked the broad-based popular revolution against the Shah and established a brutal theocracy."

Says Barack Obama is the only American president who has not visited the D-Day Monument in Normandy on D-Day.

"During the George W. Bush period, there were 13 attacks on various embassies and consulates around the world. Sixty people died."

"Many" of the founding fathers were "very actively involved" in cockfighting.

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."

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