PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 fact-checks for October 2015
Florida’s presidential candidates former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio dominated our most widely read fact-checks in October, in addition to claims about guns following the mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.
Here is a look at our Top 5 most clicked-on new fact-checks in October counting down to our most popular:
The Democratic National Committee chair from South Florida cited the crowdsourcing site Mass Shooting Tracker, which uses an extremely broad definition of what many people would consider a mass shooting. If she had used a more restrictive definition that only counts incidents with deaths, as the federal government does, she would have come up with a much lower number. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service counted 25 incidents in 2013, compared with 363 incidents counted by Mass Shooting Tracker. We rated this claim Half True.
Rubio was responding to examples debate moderator Becky Quick gave when asking if he was prepared to oversee the nation’s economy as president. She listed troubles he had experienced with campaign bookkeeping, foreclosure proceedings and liquidating a retirement account with tax penalties. All of these events happened and have been well-documented. It wasn’t accurate for Rubio to refer to the issues as "discredited," whether his opponents have used them to attack him or not. We rated this claim False.
This is a fact that experts say is largely meaningless and shouldn’t weigh into any serious policy discussion. There may be less crime in those states, but there’s no way the single data point that Gaetz gave can provide clues as to the effects of open carry laws. Gaetz’s statement is a one-year snapshot that is misleading. We rated this claim Half True.
The 45-percent number applies to federal income taxes, not all taxes. Bush spoke generically about "all taxes," so if we look at all federal taxes, the share for the top 1 percent was 27.9 percent. We rated this claim Half True.
Those numbers check out, although Graham had heart surgery leading up to the launching of his campaign. We rated this claim True.
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