Fact-Checking The Debate
Glenn Kessler has it:
Newt Gingrich: “As [House] speaker, I came back, working with President Bill Clinton. We passed a very Reagan-like program: less regulation, lower taxes. Unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent. We created 11 million jobs.”
Fact: Former president Clinton would be shocked at this description, since he always credited the 22 million jobs created during his presidency to the deficit-reduction package he narrowly passed early in his tenure without a single GOP vote.
Gingrich led the charge against that bill, which included higher taxes on wealthy Americans.
Romney:“And four of the companies that we invested in — they weren’t businesses I ran, but we invested in — ended up today having some 120,000 jobs. Some of the businesses we invested in weren’t successful and lost jobs….. We invested in well over a hundred different businesses.”
Fact: A new and tweaked number from the former Massachusetts governor! Last week, we said his claim of helping to create more than 100,000 new jobs was untenable.
Romney: “I was also proud of the fact that we balanced the budget every year I was in office. We reduced taxes 19 times.”
Fact: Somehow, he always fails to mention that, in order to balance the budget, he created hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new fees and closed as much as $1.5 billion worth of corporate tax loopholes.
Romney: “We’ve got a president in office three years, and he does not have a jobs plan yet.”
Fact: This is a strange comment, given that President Obama has just spent several months demanding that Congress pass his jobs plan.
Gingrich: “The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.”
Fact: We have examined this issue before, giving Gingrich a Pinocchio for this statement.
This is an example of taking a fact — an all-time high for food stamp recipients — and taking it out of context. The president is struggling with the aftermath of an economic situation he inherited, while building on food stamp changes that preceded his tenureClick here for reuse options!
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