CNN's Truth Squad takes on GOP debate
November 23rd, 2011
03:44 AM ET
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CNN's Truth Squad takes on GOP debate

(CNN) – CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the assertions made by Republicans candidates during Tuesday night's CNN National Security Republican Presidential Debate in Washington, DC.

For the verdict on each question, click the headline:

Is Obama administration's anti-terrorism spending adequate?

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged the Obama administration's decisions involving national security, accusing the administration of being "an absolute failure" in spending to support military intelligence during Tuesday night's debate.

Has Iran said it wants to attack Israel?

An Israeli strike on Iran was raised as a possibility at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington. Candidates were asked if they, as president, would join or support Israel.

Michele Bachmann said the issue of Israeli aggression came up only because of Iran's possible nuclear capability.

Has the U.S. "dismantled" the Taliban?

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman suggested a total defeat of the Taliban during CNN's Republican debate on national security issues Tuesday night .- with Huntsman's comments standing in stark contrast to the reality of the continuing attacks by the group in the country.

Have Pakistan's nukes repeatedly been threatened?

Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) raised concerns about potential threats to Pakistan's nuclear arsenal during Tuesday's Republican candidates' debate on national security issues.

Did Obama kill Keystone pipeline project?

The potential danger posed by a nuclear Iran came up repeatedly at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington.

The way energy independence plays into the United States' relations with Iran was raised by Michele Bachmann as she joined the discussion.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Is Ron Paul the only one of these candidates with a brain ? Was Mitt Romney asleep on 9-11 ? He said that (Shia) Hizbollah bombed America on 9-11 ?! Wow we were told that it was (Sunni) Al Qaida ! Someone needs a lesson in American history bad ! Brain dead morons running for president ! We are in trouble !

    November 23, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  2. Peace

    All in all President Obama is doing a brilliant job on Foreign Policy. Everybody is aware of this excluding GOP contenders. To my surprise not a single contender praised Pres. Obama on this. This has proved what has been said all the times that GOP is totally against everything President Obama is doing. Good thinkers can not go to those who are negative all the time, pretending to have a blind eye except when it is about themselves.

    November 23, 2011 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Too bad the truth squad is not there in front of them to call them out on it. I have an older neighbor who is glued to faux news. The stuff that comes out of her mouth is incredible and terribly sad.
    Once the haters and idiots hear these clowns that is all they focus on. They would NEVER pay attention to the real truth.

    November 23, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  4. Franny

    Not one truthful statement. Is anyone really surprised?

    November 23, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The energy independance is not just building a new oil pipeline. Bachmann isn't understanding that we need for advances and wider uses of solar, wind and other small renewable energy sources. This also goes for better built, designed and protect nuclear fission power plants. This needs to be done until we have workable fusion reactors providing power.

    November 23, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  6. Joe

    CNN, when will your Truth Squad take on Obama?

    November 23, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  7. zb

    I tried to watch as long as I could but after awhile I could no longer listen to what sounded like 8 babbling monkeys. Only before a crowd of Republican/Tparty extremists could such nonsense pass for intelligence. Btw: did you notice that the whole audiance was white? Given the near single minded support for the Republican/Tparty among the Christian Right, I will also (pardon me) make the assumption that most of the them were also Christians.

    Hmmm, an audiance of all White Christians? Kind of reminds me of gathering of old south slave owners.

    November 23, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |