2012 Fact Checking
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EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:
FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races.
OnTheIssues.org summarizes two sets of analyses:
1. From debates and public speeches
2. From TV & radio advertisements
Following is the self-description of how FactCheck.org works:
[FactCheck.org is] a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, November 2012
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Heather Wilson: Strongly in favor of a balanced-budget amendment.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: S&P downgraded U.S. due to Congress, not Obama.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: Hometown SUV plant closed in '08,not due to Obama.
Jon Bruning: FactCheck: Doubled AG budget included inflation & new duties.
Jon Bruning: FactCheck: Praised stimulus spending only for police.
Claire McCaskill: FactCheck: Akin's female staff are not paid as much as men.
Todd Akin: No policy to pay female staff less than men (but he does).
Republican Party: FactCheck: Obama didn't say "you didn't build that".
Energy & Oil|
Martin Heinrich: Supports cap-and-trade; it causes no big energy costs.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Oil dependence low; but gas prices highest ever.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Promised for 3 years to end oil industry subsidy.
Tammy Baldwin: FactCheck: Tried but failed to require US-made ship engines.
Josh Mandel: Criticizes opponent for helping move jobs to China.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Chinese tire import ban replaced by other imports.
Tammy Baldwin: Supports single payer, public option, and Medicare for all.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: ObamaCare covers only 1/2 of 30 million uninsured.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Fewer border crossings mostly due to economy.
Heather Wilson: Sequestration would cut 20,000 jobs at N.M. national labs.
Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Unemployment down while governor, but not 2.1%.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Jobs increasing, but still lower than in 2008.
Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
Principles & Values|
Tammy Baldwin: FactCheck: Only 3 bills out of 105 sponsorships became law.
Democratic Party: FactCheck: "God" removed from DNC platform.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: JFK cut rates by 20%, but from twice today's rate.
Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Tax cuts would save top 1% $87,000 each.
War & Peace|
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Taliban may control countryside after US leaves.
Welfare & Poverty|
Tommy Thompson: Converted welfare into work-required benefit.
Newt Gingrich: FactCheck: Poverty rate has fallen under War on Poverty.
The above quotations are from 2012 Fact Checking.