Fact-check analysis of 2014 Senate and Gubernatorial races
EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:
"Fact-checking" means that an independent news/political organization examines
statements made in campaign advertising or in poltiical debates, to see if they are objectively true or not.
The first fact-checking organization was called FactCheck.org (described below) but in recent years many other organizations have joined in.
Some that we use are:
Fact-checking has become commonplace in recent years; but originally we used only FactCheck.org.
They are often accused of partisanship (as are all fact-checking services, so we attempt to balance them against each other and report only non-partisan facts here).
Following is FactCheck.org's self-description; all of the other services are linked from above so you can check out their similar self-descriptions:
- FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races.
[OnTheIssues.org excerpts only two types of analyses]:
- From debates and public speeches
- From TV & radio advertisements
- [OnTheIssues.org excerpts do not include poll-based claims; partisan claims; nor "atatck" claims unless they include policy issues].
- 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, Aug. 2014
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Steve Daines: No exceptions for rape nor incest, but no criminalization.
Chris Christie: FactCheck: No, Dems allow plenty of pro-life speakers.
Cory Booker: No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability.
Budget & Economy|
Steve Daines: Obama stimulus shipped American jobs to China.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Deficits cut in half, but still higher than 2008.
Terri Lynn Land: Equal pay good; but Paycheck Fairness Act bad.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Gender wage gap is $0.19, not $0.23.
Ben Sasse: FactCheck: stretched truth on job as management consultant.
Thom Tillis: FactCheck: Passed school budget of $23.1B, but no cuts.
Sam Clovis: FactCheck: Common Core originated with governors, not feds.
Energy & Oil|
Gary Peters: FactCheck: Mich. gets back more in gas tax than it collects.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, US reduced CO2 tonnage, but that's only 6%.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, more domestic oil, but due to new technology.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Natural gas lowered CO2 only temporarily.
Brian Schatz: FactCheck: Yes, 97% of Greenland ice surface melted in 2012.
John Walsh: Don't ship American jobs to China.
Steve Daines: Worked for 6 years bringing U.S. consumer products to China.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: US #1 for FDI, but #14 or #22 on other measures.
Cory Booker: Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people.
Paul Broun: FactCheck: Guns cause more deaths than bats & hammers.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Some Medicare premiums went up under ObamaCare.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, 9M signed up, but only 3M are newly insured.
Mike Ross: Voted for ObamaCare early on but now consistently against it.
Mike Ross: Voted against individuals keeping health insurance plans.
Todd Tiahrt: FactCheck: Yes, ObamaCare levies some taxes before services.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Iran's nuke program is set back, but not "halted".
Mark Udall: FactCheck: Yes, NSA can collect phone records on Americans.
Dan Sullivan: No way should Obama give "executive amnesty" to illegals.
Mark Begich: Only Congress can grant amnesty, not President.
Robert Sarvis: Liberalize immigration; population growth lowest since 1930s.
Jeff Sessions: FactCheck: Immigration bill requires 700 mile border fence.
Rick Scott: FactCheck: Yes, unemployment up; but stimulus has helped.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: $10.10 minimum wage only affects 200,000 workers.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, 8M new jobs, but net 1.2M lost in recession.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Net gain of 3.2M jobs under Obama presidency.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Workforce participation decline due to Baby Boom.
Chris Christie: Bridgegate FactCheck: Ft.Lee doesn't have 3 dedicated lanes.
Principles & Values|
Joni Ernst: FactCheck: Missed half of state Senate votes for campaigning.
Michael Enzi: FactCheck: Gets higher percent from PACs than any Senator.
Joni Ernst: Something like personal savings accounts for younger workers.
Steve Daines: AdWatch: Accuses opponent of considering privatization.
John Walsh: Consider privatization for new employees entering workforce.
Thom Tillis: FactCheck: Kept sales tax at 3% on yachts & jet owners.
Heritage Foundation: FHA highway funds are skewed because strings are attached.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Money stops infrastructure projects, not red tape.
Welfare & Poverty|
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Upward mobility hasn't stalled; US always was low.
The above quotations are from Fact-check analysis of 2014 Senate and Gubernatorial races.