February 3rd, 2010
04:36 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: The last president to balance the budget

(CNN) - President Obama declared on Wednesday that Democrats can be trusted on the budget because, "the last time the budget was balanced was under a Democratic president."

Fact Check: Who was president the last time the budget was balanced?

– The U.S. government suffered budget deficits every year from 1970 through 1997.
- Democrat Bill Clinton was president in 1998, when the government finally recorded a surplus.
- There also were budget surpluses in 1999, 2000 and in 2001. 2001 was the last year the Clinton administration proposed the budget.
- Republican George W. Bush succeeded Clinton in 2001. The United States had a budget deficit in 2002, and it has recorded budget deficits every year since. The deficit is projected to increase substantially this year under President Barack Obama.
- Republicans say they should get at least some of the credit for the balanced budgets during the Clinton administration, because Republican majorities controlled both the House and Senate.

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Filed under: Budget • Fact Check • President Obama
February 3rd, 2010
03:56 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: President Obama's transparency 'report card'

(CNN) - During Tuesday's town hall event in New Hampshire, President Barack Obama was asked to grade his administration's transparency. He declined to give himself a grade, but cited a new report that says his administration is "the most transparent administration that we have seen in a very, very long time, perhaps in the modern era."

The report - titled "A Report Card on the Obama Administration's Executive Branch Lobbying, Ethics and Transparency Reforms in 2009" - was released on January 11. It characterizes the Obama administration's reform efforts as "the strongest and most comprehensive lobbying, ethics, and transparency rules and policies ever established by an administration to govern its own activities."

This report stands in stark contrast to recent criticism the president has received for falling short on a promise to televise all health care negotiations on C-SPAN.

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Filed under: Fact Check • President Obama
February 3rd, 2010
03:41 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Senate cloture votes

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Were there more cloture votes in the Senate last year than in all of the 1950s and 1960s combined? (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - President Barack Obama Wednesday accused Republicans of packing "20 years of obstruction into one." Speaking to Senate Democrats, he declared, "You had to cast more votes to break filibusters last year than in the entire 1950s and '60s combined."

Fact Check: Were there more cloture votes in the Senate last year than in all of the 1950s and 1960s combined?

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Filed under: Fact Check • Popular Posts • President Obama • Senate
February 3rd, 2010
01:53 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Employee Budget Ideas

(CNN) - This week while making remarks about the budget, President Barack Obama said that the 2011 budget would include ideas from federal employees. The administration held a contest for ideas that could make government more efficient. "I'm proud to say that a number of these ideas, like allowing Social Security appointments to be made online, made it into our budget," he said.

Fact Check: How many employee ideas made it into the 2011 budget?

– The SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award program was launched in fall of 2009. Federal employees were asked to submit ideas to reduce government waste. More than 38,000 people submitted ideas and four finalists were chosen. The public then voted on a winner.
- The contest winner was Nancy Fichtner of Colorado. She proposed sending Veterans Affairs patients home with medicine they've been using, instead of throwing it away when the veterans leave. "Currently the inpatient medications such as ointment, inhalers, eye drops, and other bulk items are being disposed of upon patient discharge," she wrote.
- Another finalist idea is from Julie Fosbender in West Virginia. She says that when Forest Service workers at Monongahela National Forest collect money from the public, they must go through a complex process that results in sending the money to a bank in San Francisco, California. She said, "Why can't we just deposit our collections into a local bank?"
- Christie Dickson from Alabama suggested allowing Social Security appointments to be made online.
- Huston Prescott from Alaska suggested eliminating redundant inspections of subsidized housing units. Prescott was the last finalist.
- Ultimately, 15 employee proposals were included in the budget.

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Filed under: Budget • Fact Check • President Obama
February 3rd, 2010
01:45 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Obama discusses foreign aid and pork projects

 Do pork projects and foreign aid each account for 1 percent of the federal budget?
Do pork projects and foreign aid each account for 1 percent of the federal budget?

(CNN) - At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire this week, President Barack Obama said, "If you ask a lot of folks what accounts for the federal budget, they'll say foreign aid and pork projects, and if you just eliminated foreign aid and pork projects, somehow we'd bring our deficit under control. Foreign aid accounts for about 1 percent of our federal budget. One percent. Not 25 percent, not 20 percent, 1 percent." The president also said that earmarks, known as pork projects, "amount to 1 percent of the budget as well."

Fact Check: Do pork projects and foreign aid each account for 1 percent of the federal budget?

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Filed under: Fact Check • President Obama
September 8th, 2009
10:20 AM ET
5 years ago

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Fact vs. fiction

Editor's Note: PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

Republican Party of Florida says Obama will "indoctrinate" schoolchildren with "socialist ideology"

Florida RNC Chairman Jim Greer appears on CNN September 07, 2009.
Florida RNC Chairman Jim Greer appears on CNN September 07, 2009.

Schoolchildren across the nation "will be forced to watch the president justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other president."

-Republican Party of Florida on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 in a press release

The Truth-O-Meter says: PANTS ON FIRE

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Filed under: Fact Check
November 3rd, 2008
05:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Fact check: Did Obama really advocate 'redistributing wealth'?

Did Obama really call for redistributing wealth?
Did Obama really call for redistributing wealth?

The Statement

At a campaign event Thursday, October 30, in Defiance, Ohio, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain said, "So we finally learned what Senator Obama's goals are ... to spread the wealth. In a radio interview revealed this week, he said the same thing, that one of the - quote - tragedies of the civil rights movement is that it didn't bring about redistributive change. You see, Senator Obama believes in redistributing wealth and income, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Fact Check • John McCain
November 3rd, 2008
12:44 PM ET
6 years ago

Fact Check: Do Obama's opponents say some U.S. regions are more pro-American or 'real' than others?

The Statement
Speaking at a campaign event Sunday. Nov. 2, in Columbus, Ohio, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama criticized the rhetoric of his Republican opponents. "Despite what our opponents may claim, there are no real or fake parts of this country," he said. "There is no city or town that is more pro-America than anywhere else - we are one nation, all of us proud, all of us patriots."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Fact Check
November 2nd, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Fact Check: Was McCain the "biggest cheerleader" for launching Iraq war?

Was McCain the 'biggest cheerleader' for launching the war in Iraq?.
Was McCain the 'biggest cheerleader' for launching the war in Iraq?.

The Statement:
At a rally Sunday, Nov. 2, in Columbus, Ohio, Sen. Barack Obama cited Sen. John McCain's "endorsement" from Vice President Dick Cheney. "He worked hard for it," Obama joked, pointing to McCain's support for the vast majority of the Bush administration's policies. And, Obama added, "He had to serve as Washington's biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Fact Check • John McCain
November 1st, 2008
05:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Fact check: Does Obama think nuclear power is unsafe?

McCain has pushed for more nuclear power – and claimed Obama is completely opposed to it.
McCain has pushed for more nuclear power – and claimed Obama is completely opposed to it.

The Statement: Sen. John McCain, speaking at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, on November 1, touted his energy plan and said, "We'll invest in all energy alternatives, wind, solar, tide and safe nuclear power." Then he said, "You know, Senator Obama doesn't think that nuclear power is safe."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Fact Check • John McCain
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