A look at recent claims by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in advance of Milwaukee debate

Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate in New Hampshire Feb. 4, 2016
Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate in New Hampshire Feb. 4, 2016

With the New Hampshire primary in the books, Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are looking forward to their next tests -- Nevada (February 20), South Carolina (February 27) and Super Tuesday (March 1).

But first they have a Feb. 11, 2016 stop in Milwaukee for a debate sponsored by PBS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (The Wisconsin primary is April 5.)

Here’s a look at recent statements by the two that have been rated by PolitiFact National.

Bernie Sanders

Iraq War: "Tell me what Madeleine Albright’s position was on the War in Iraq. ... I wouldn’t be surprised if she supported that war."

A former Democratic secretary of state and Clinton supporter, Albright has voiced support for the troops and said she understands the rationale behind the war. However, she’s made statements that suggest she would have rather avoided the invasion.

Sanders’ claim was rated Mostly False.

Entitlement spending and tax breaks: Sanders claimed Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, said that Congress would "have to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and give huge tax breaks to the wealthy and the large corporations."

Blankfein did call for slowing the growth of entitlement spending. He also supported lowering corporate taxes, though Sanders left out that Blankfein also said taxes would likely need to be raised on the wealthiest people to create more revenue.

The claim was rated Half True.

Endorsements: Sanders said one of his campaign ads "never said ... a newspaper endorsed us that did not."

The initial version of a Sanders ad in New Hampshire included text that said Sanders had been "endorsed" by the Valley News. That word that was later removed after it became clear that the newspaper had made no such endorsement.

The claim was rated False.

Employment: Americans "are working longer hours for low wages ... and yet almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent."

On average, Americans are not working longer hours. And experts say that while a lot of new income has gone to the top 1 percent, it’s not "almost all." Sanders would have been on the money if he had argued a disproportionate amount of income and wealth is going to the very richest Americans.

The claim was rated Half True.

Reparations: Sanders said he opposes reparations "for the same reason that Barack Obama has and the same reason, I believe, that Hillary Clinton has."

The reason, he said, is the need to focus instead on addressing current economic problems in the black community by improving education, providing jobs and addressing poverty. That is basically what Obama and Clinton have suggested in lieu of reparations.

Sanders previously suggested that reparations were politically impractical and divisive, while Obama and Clinton have not made comments to this effect.

The claim was rated Mostly True.

Hillary Clinton

Foreign Policy: "There really isn’t any kind of foreign policy network that is supporting and advising Sen. Sanders."

Sanders has met with several foreign policy experts, but it doesn’t appear he has any team with which he regularly discusses foreign policy. An expert who advised former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that’s not all together distressing or upsetting, given the nature of the campaign.

The claim was rated Mostly True.

Trade: "I waited until (the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement) had actually been negotiated" before deciding whether to endorse it.

As secretary of state and a member of the Obama administration, it was Clinton's job to promote the deal, even if it wasn't finalized. Because her statements at the time were so positive and so definitive, it was disingenuous to argue she didn't endorse the deal before it was finalized.

Her claim was rated Half True

Syrian War: Says Sanders advocated putting "Iranian troops into Syria to try and resolve the conflict there. Putting them right on the doorstep of Israel."

Sanders did advance that idea on two occasions. But Sanders’ comments were in the context of a multi-national Muslim fighting force that included nations largely friendly toward Israel.

The claim was rated Mostly True.

Terrorism: When terrorists killed more than 250 Americans in Lebanon under Ronald Reagan, "the Democrats didn’t make that a partisan issue."

The Democrat-controlled House conducted a single investigation into the 1983 Beirut bombings, which killed more than 250 Americans. The House, which is now in GOP hands, has conducted six inquiries into 2012 Benghazi attack, which killed four.

But Walter Mondale, running against Reagan in 1984, and some congressional Democrats repeatedly said Reagan had failed personally regarding Lebanon.

This claim was rated Half True.

ISIS: "I am the only candidate on either side who has laid out a specific plan about what I would do to defeat ISIS."

At least seven other candidates, in both parties,have released multipoint plans for taking on ISIS. In fact, there’s a significant degree of overlap between the items in Clinton’s plan and in plans released by other candidates.

The claim was rated False.