CNN Truth Squad takes on Sunday's GOP debate
January 8th, 2012
03:39 PM ET
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CNN Truth Squad takes on Sunday's GOP debate

(CNN) – CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the assertions made by Republicans candidates during Sunday's NBC News/Facebook debate, which aired on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

For the verdict on each question, click the headline:

CNN Truth Squad: Santorum claim that Obama blocks abstinence-only funds is false

CNN Truth Squad: Romney vs. Obama on jobs

CNN Truth Squad: Gingrich on EPA: 'Out of touch' or 'myth?'

Filed under: 2012 • Republicans
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. maf

    Between yesterday's and today's debates, there isn't a factual statement made by any of the candidates. False and incomplete is a good way to describe this slate of GOP hopefuls. True but incomplete is the best way to describe not telling the whole story. What a debacle this primary season is turning into.

    January 8, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Jason

    Don't really need to read the article to wonder if truth squads should have truth squads..

    Newton will send your children to war in the same fashion that he orders a triple whopper and milkshake for lunch everyday; without thinking twice. However, Romney knows what it takes to get the economy going: Slaves and more slaves. Seriously, though.. Santorum will put gay people, wild young men, and Muslims in prison camps. I'd like to close with saying that living in Obama's kingdom has it's perks. Being unemployed eventually causes you to support the Dear Leader.

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 8, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. The GOP keeps opening mouth and inserting foot

    Michael Douglas said it so well in The American President. He takes on Bob Rumson, but his words could go to any of the current GOPcompoops that are running today. The GOP just doesn't get it. They just want the power.

    "I've known Bob Rumson for years, and I've been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn't get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob's problem isn't that he doesn't get it. Bob's problem is that he can't sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. "

    January 8, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Indy

    Why is that Perry,Newt,Romney and Santorum are always busted for lying about the President and it is rare if ever Ron Paul tells any lies about the President ? Could it be that Paul and Huntsman run on a much more truthful agenda.

    January 8, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Indy

    It is a toss up for the most idiotic moment of last nights disasterous debate but its between Santorum and Perry. Perry wants to go back to Iraq,guesss he was not serious about the Presidential parade he expected from Obama, the there was Santorum trying to pretend there is no such thing as middle class people in the US, both idiotic. Speaking of idiotic ABC should be ashamed at their worst ever debate and they need to apologize to the world !

    January 8, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Can the Republican candidates ever tell the whole truth? Every debate is fact-checked and every time they prove to be liars. Do conservatives have any regard for the truth?

    January 8, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. jilli

    With all the hooey that was flying, you fact check 3 statements? C'mon.

    If the moderators and/or candidates were doing their job, they'd call them on their bull, but they don't bother. It's really sad.

    January 8, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Whatever

    Romeny said he never saw the ads run in IA against Gingrich and immediately began describing them. Ummm Mitt did your meds wear off?!?!?! He has FFS (Flip Flop Syndrome). The only way to cure it is to lose the Presidential race. LOL

    January 8, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Chipster

    Rick "American Taliban" Santorum would outlaw contraception and even outlaw abortion to save a woman (who some people think already qualify for "personhood") from dying ! To Santorum, a dividing cell that may or may not ever develop into a human being has more rights than a woman. This latest ploy, the "conscience" option, is completely insane. Any person who isn't comfortable dispensing legal prescription medication or performing legal medical procedures should choose a career that is more suitable to their prejudices. How about a waiter who isn't comfortable waiting on blacks, Hispanics, women, men or children? Should they be able to opt out of serving a restaurant's patrons? How long would a vegetarian chef last at a steakhouse by refusing to cook steaks? Medical professionals: do the job or choose a different one!

    January 8, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. b t

    I thought that Huntsman would get some time based on his recent endorsement by the Globe. Instead he was left out of many discussions where we heard from Romney, Santorum and many times did we have to hear their bs? This debate was a great opportunity for Huntsman to show his leadership but he was not able to connect in the little air time that he was allowed.

    January 8, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. rockytony

    I am truly flabbergasted that CNN took it upon themselves to do a fact check on Republican candidates taking part in the latest debate. Surely it is with the purpose of a public service rather than a completely biased exercise to embarrass and discredit. Not all politicians are treated alike must be the motto of CNN. I am confident that this network, so fair and balanced, will perform the same process on our current President and Vice Presiden and Senate Majority leader. I can understand these checks if made on all parties but if CNN ever performs such a service on a Democrat, I believe I will hit the Powerball.

    January 8, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    The GOP is now undergoing intense vetting while Democrat Politicians and their Campaigner in Chief continue to slither on by! Obviously their day of reckoning will occur in November. You can count on it!

    January 8, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Marcus


    You do know that if you really was living in a country were its leader has a nickname such as 'Dear Leader', you'd be counting your remaining lifetime in hours if not minutes for what you said about him, don't you?
    Seriously, pretend that we don't live in a democracy while enjoying its perks....

    January 8, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. willie floyd

    Did anyone really need to be told they lie through their teeth??

    January 8, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. ed galbraith

    If god told Perry, Bachmann and Cain to run (they all claim to have gotten a direct message), they are either liars or delusional (little of both?) or god is a practical joker (possible). MUST BE ONE OF THE ABOVE.

    January 8, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |