PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter:
| 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.
Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, gross federal debt now exceeds GDP.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: Hometown SUV plant closed in '08,not due to Obama.
George Allen: FactCheck: Vvoted against the Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere.
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".
Tim Kaine: FactCheck: Cut college funding & led to 30% tuition increase.
Energy & Oil|
Martin Heinrich: Supports cap-and-trade; it causes no big energy costs.
Richard Mourdock: FactCheck: No, ethanol additive lowers gasoline price.
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: FactCheck: Brown voted against China trade & moving jobs.
Sherrod Brown: One of Senate's most ardent critics of foreign trade.
Josh Mandel: Criticizes opponent for helping move jobs to China.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Chinese tire import ban replaced by other imports.
Jamie Radtke: FactCheck: Yes, George Allen voted for 52,000 earmarks.
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.
Marco Rubio: FactCheck: 24 of "100 Ideas" now law; 10 partially enacted.
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.
Chris Christie: FactCheck: NJ taxes raised 115 times? Only if fees count too.
War & Peace|
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Taliban may control countryside after US leaves.
Welfare & Poverty|
Tommy Thompson: Converted welfare into work-required benefit.
Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Obama waived workfare? No, he leaves it to states.
Newt Gingrich: FactCheck: Poverty rate has fallen under War on Poverty.