Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Articles from April, 2012

Fact-checking the GOP Senate debate

The four Republican candidates squared off for the first time in Roanoke. We put some of their claims to the Truth-O-Meter. More from PolitiFact Virginia: *In Context: McDonnell denies his impending ad campaign *Ad Watch: Obama lauds his energy record *Ad Watch: American Energy Alliance blames Obama for gas prices

In Context: McDonnell denies his impending ad campaign

"Well, you know you can't believe everything you read in the papers," McDonnell said on MSNBC when asked about a report in The Washington Post that he planned to run TV ads in Virginia lauding his economic record.

Ad Watch: Obama lauds his energy record

Domestic oil production has increased during President Obama's term. But much of the gain comes from drilling on private lands that the president does not control. More from PolitiFact Virginia: *Ad Watch: American Energy Alliance blames Obama for high gas prices *On health care reform: What does the public want?

Ad Watch: American Energy Alliance blames Obama for gas prices

Steven Chu did call for boosting U.S. gas prices to "the levels in Europe." But this happened before he became energy secretary, when Barack Obama was campaigning for president. Chu had no ties to Obama at the time. 

On health care reform: What does the public want?

Polls show heavy majorities want the U.S. Supreme Court to strike all or part of the health care reform law. But the same surveys also show most of the public hopes the court will either uphold the law or everything in it except the mandate that Americans have health insurance coverage.

No shortage of energy claims -- true and otherwise

Politicians won't let you forget that you're paying more for gasoline. Voters are feeling the pinch, and leaders at the top are eager to point the finger. PolitiFact explores a few of their claims.