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FactChecking the Debates

FactCheck.org Managing Editor Lori Robertson regularly discusses false and misleading debate claims on USA Today‘s website.
Click on the links below to view her interviews:

Fact check: The Flint Democratic debate, March 7, 2016
Fact check: The Texas Republican debate, Feb. 26, 2016
Fact check: The ninth Republican debate, Feb. 14, 2016
Fact check: The sixth Democratic debate, Feb. 12, 2016
Fact check: The eighth Republican debate, Feb. 7, 2016
Fact check: Clinton,

Rubio Oversimplifies FBI-Apple Battle

Sen. Marco Rubio said the FBI has asked Apple to disable “the auto-erase mode on one phone in the entire world.” But the FBI, which is seeking access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, has asked Apple to write software that could do more than that.

Trump vs. Veteran Vendors

An ad from a pro-Marco Rubio super PAC claims Donald Trump “bans disabled veterans from his high rise.” But the ad may leave a misleading impression.

Carson Botches Military Eligibility Statistic

Ben Carson erroneously said that 71 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds who apply for voluntary military service “are rejected for physical, mental or educational reasons, the vast majority being educational reasons.”

FactChecking the 10th GOP Debate

In a Texas showdown, Republican presidential candidates stretched the truth in the last debate before Super Tuesday.

Club for Growth Action

The super PAC of the conservative Club for Growth, which advocates limited government.

Still Clubbing Trump on Taxes

A rereleased TV ad says Donald Trump “supports higher taxes,” even though Trump has issued a tax plan, since the ad originally aired, that would significantly cut taxes for individuals and businesses.

Repeat Debate Claims: GOP Version

This video from FlackCheck.org covers some of the claims most often repeated during the Republican presidential debates.

Sanders’ Corporate Tax Comparison

Sen. Bernie Sanders frequently says corporate income tax receipts have dropped from more than 30 percent of federal revenue in the 1950s to only 11 percent in 2015, leaving the impression that favorable tax policies are the reason. But there are several factors behind that drop.