Republican presidential candidates, their latest muffs and misstatements
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Separately, PolitiFact Virginia concluded an abortion rights advocate got it wrong when she said more than 100,000 Texas women had tried to self-induce abortions this past year.
PolitiFact Iowa in December found Mostly False this Cruz claim: "The Democrats in the Senate last year introduced a constitutional amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment." The proposal in question would allow legislators to regulate fundraising and campaign spending. Constitutional scholars advise the amendment would have a limited or nonexistent effect on speech rights.
Donald Trump got it wrong, PolitiFact Florida finds, when he said Mexico can afford the border wall he promises thanks to our trade deficit with that southern neighbor; one doesn’t relate to the other.
PolitiFact Wisconsin hasn’t lately checked a presidential hopeful; Scott Walker bowed out, after all. In December, though, its researchers found True House Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim the U.S. "tax rate on successful small businesses is 44.6 percent," while the business tax rate in Canada is 15 percent.
Likewise, PolitiFact Georgia has lately kept its focus on claims in that state. What caught our attention: That crew rated Mostly True a federal claim Georgia "has the (nation’s) highest flu activity."