Truth Squad: Fact-checking the State of the Union and Republican response
January 25th, 2012
09:38 AM ET
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Truth Squad: Fact-checking the State of the Union and Republican response

(CNN) – CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the assertions made in President Obama's State of the Union and the Republican response, delivered by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, on Tuesday evening.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels • President Obama • State of the Union
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Texas Doc

    Mitch Daniels was going to be the white knight that saved the party from Romney and Gingrich? I get more excited watching glaciers move, seriously. The GOP is doomed.

    January 25, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Phil in KC

    So, it sounds to me like the Republicans get a 50% and Obama gets a 75%. In just about any school in the land, the former is a failing grade and the latter a passing grade.

    January 25, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Just a thought

    CNN, you are kidding right? That has to be the easiest job in the world. The President Provides facts. The GOP response is mostly false and misleading. See....How easy that was??

    January 25, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Dave

    President Obama's speech was more of the same. The promise of more programs and less taxes (except on the rich). There is no way we can sustain our spending in the future. It is funny how Obama bashed Bush for deficits and debt, and he has increased the debt by 4 trillion in 3 years!

    January 25, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    If that's all the truth squad got, out of the long list of lies the President told last night, in that speech, then there is ZERO TRUTH on CNN.

    January 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Keith in Austin

    If anyone thinks Obama is pro-business or favors the investment community, take a look at the NYSE today!

    January 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Sorensen

    Listening to Obama's brilliant speech, and comparing him to Gingrich, makes it abundantly clear what a smaal, mean,
    irrelevant, desparate, ugly, little man Gingrich is.

    January 25, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. ART

    Is Mitch Daniels sick this man looks ill

    January 25, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. tedt

    Of course walllstreet doesn't want their good ol'boys network looked into or truths found out about.

    January 25, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Sorensen

    I fell asleep watcing Mr. Daniels. Like watching paint dry. No personality, no class, no nothing.

    January 25, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    For Obama to crank up the "hate the wealthy" tone and berate the Republicans in congress for doing the job we sent them there in 2010 to do ( cut government spending, which they have done an excellent job at ), and then turn around and talk about turning down the political heat, it is ironic. He even appeared to take credit for the $2 trillion cost reduction effort tied to the debt ceiling increase when he fought it every inch of the way! He does not mind standing up and insulting the intelligence of the American people. This was one of the most insincere speeches I have ever seen. He needs to go. Thank goodness it is 2012.

    January 25, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. beevee

    Listening to the republican rebuttal on behalf of the republican party after the president's speech I am convinced that the rebuttal was full of false statements and the GOP did not know what to say after the president's brilliant speech that was facts based. They won't say it but the repbulicans must be thinking damn... the president was brilliant and impressive.

    January 25, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Independent Voters

    I was listening to Daniels he sound terrible and these republicans maken my stomach turn everytime I hear them speak.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 25, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Ed 1

    More of the same from both parties the fact is Obama is still the worst President we have had since Carter.

    No leadership always playing the blame game never coming up with positive ideas just class warfare.

    We can't afford another four years soon we will be in debt that our great, great, great, grandchildren with still be paying on.

    January 25, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. FIELD1stSGT

    So according to the Obama supporters everything he said was fantastic and OH so truthful. If you believe this I have swamp land in West Texas I would sell to the lowest mentality bidder.

    January 25, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. American

    President Obama stands strong on positive principles, believing all Americans share responsibility to work together towards our nation's recovery.

    Obama 2012

    January 25, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. ingrid

    Dear ED 1 and Four and the Door– Again, I am constantly amazed by what you see and what I see. I see a president that has created more jobs than Bush, ended a war that Bush started and has made efforts to wind down another war, he has spent less than Bush and has saved our economy from a full collapse while creating more jobs than Bush Jr. with little help from the GOP. In fact, Obama has tried many times to work with the GOP who has stated publicly that they will not work with him and have obstructed almost everything he has done. I may not agree with all that Obama has done a pretty good job, and for the record, Bush Jr. was the worst president ever. Seriously.

    January 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    FIELD – Who sold you the worthless swampland in west Texas? Sounds like you were taken to the cleaners.

    January 25, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. rs

    So, the GOP/TP HATES the President and his ideas. WHAT HAVE THEY GOT? Clearly just more of the same. The bankrupt, rich-guy give-aways of the Bush years; more defict spending; a real "kick-the-poor" attitude; ending the middle class; "Healthcare Freedom" (which is code for: Only the rich can afford it).

    The GOP/TP HAS NOTHING. No viable policies, no ethics, no morals, and apparently- no candidates.

    January 25, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ed 1 – Nice to have you crawl out from under a rock, and repeat lies from the foreign owned extreme media. "W" will always be the worst president in history, but nice try.

    January 25, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We sent people to congress to work for us, not collect those welfare checks for doing absolutely nothing.

    January 25, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans are still selling "Gloom and Doom," while the president tries to get us out of the republican near depression without any republican help.

    January 25, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. tedt

    Republicans always talk about what matters to this country, like the difference between cane sugar compared to beet sugar

    January 25, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Daniels and the rest had their comments ready 2 weeks ago...."no"

    January 25, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Four and The Door

    ...The GOP/TP HAS NOTHING. No viable policies, no ethics, no morals, and apparently- no candidates.
    The Republican Path To Prosperity Plan grows the economy, saves Medicare ( because it is worth the effort ), eliminates the deficit and actually reduces the nation's debt. It is viable and it has passed the House. Where is the Democratic Party plan? It doesn't exist.

    You will not find a more ethical or moral politician than Mitt Romney. Believe me, the Democrats are digging with every resource they can muster. Nothing. I am proud to see his candidacy going so strong. He will pull in the Independent vote and win with a mandate. Get government back in a position of actually helping the nation and our future.

    January 25, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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