Fact Check: Rand Paul, Obama and debt
August 30th, 2012
08:02 AM ET
2 years ago

Fact Check: Rand Paul, Obama and debt

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, the son of libertarian-leaning Republican Ron Paul, threw some red meat to the Republican National Convention crowd Wednesday night by counting up the increase in the debt under the Obama administration.

"President Obama's administration will add nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in just one term," said Paul, whom Kentucky voters sent to the U.S. Senate in 2010.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Rand Paul • Republican National Convention
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  1. Gurgyl

    -–bush 2wars ant Reagan Trickle down idiocy. Takes time.

    August 30, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Poor fact-checkers, having to work overtime to counter all the GOP lies.

    August 30, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. w l jones

    Six trillion debt in a country in a country value at at a hundred trillion billion trillion dollar. Bless.

    August 30, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Rand Paul (and Paul Ryan) are both classic examples of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan's old statement about "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. They are not entitled to their own facts." Paul and Ryan keep trying to invent facts that do not stand up under even the lightest scrutiny. And someone please buy Congressman Ryan a pack of disposable razors! The Five-O-Clock-Shadow look went out when Miami Vice was cancelled.

    August 30, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I heard a lot of false and misleading statements last night. Most, especially from Rand Paul and Paul Ryan.

    August 30, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    First off, Obama governed for much of the first nine months of his administration under the last budget of the Bush administration. But he did push an $800 billion-plus economic stimulus program through Congress early in his term, some of which was spent before that budget year ended in October. Bush's original budget proposal predicted a $407 billion deficit for 2009, but the final figure was $1.4 trillion, according to White House figures.
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    It would only be fair if the article made some mention of TARP, which was also not part of the "original budget" but was still part of FY2009.

    August 30, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |