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DEBATE FACT CHECK: Flunking geography, history

October 23, 2012 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON (AP) Voters didn’t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night.
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FACT CHECK: Slips in vice president’s debate

October 11, 2012 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Joe Biden has mangled a heaping helping of facts over the years. Despite being newer to presidential-campaign politics, Republican Paul Ryan has already earned something of a reputation for taking flying leaps past reality.
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Presidential debate fact check

October 4, 2012 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. Continue Reading

FACT CHECK: Romney’s deficit vow lacks specifics

August 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mitt Romney promised voters Thursday night that he would cut deficits and put America on track to a balanced budget as president, but he left voters to take it on faith that he could deliver. Continue Reading

FACT CHECK: Romney’s auto bailout claim among debate’s overstatements

November 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Mitt Romney’s claim that President Barack Obama “gave GM” to the United Auto Workers stood as one of the overstatements of the night Wednesday when Republican presidential candidates grappled with the economy in their latest debate. Several drifted from reality too in portraying regulations as a killer of jobs, if not the country itself.
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FACT CHECK: Are wealthy taxed less than secretaries?

September 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries. There may be individual millionaires who pay taxes at rates lower than middle-income workers – Warren Buffett (pictured) recently said that’s the case for him – but, on average, the data tell a different story. Continue Reading

FACT CHECK: Pawlenty says he’ll tell ‘truth’ … but sampling of claims missing some whole truths

May 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“Truth” was Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s buzzword today when he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. He said he will tell the truth about hard choices facing the nation while others President Barack Obama notably among them do not. Continue Reading