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Video: Day 3 of the Convention

CLEVELAND — FactCheck.org’s Lori Robertson talks with USA Today‘s Paul Singer about claims made during the third day of the Republican National Convention. The video can be found here.

Robertson and Singer discussed these statements:

  • Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said that “nearly 150,000 new jobs” were created in Indiana during his time as governor. That’s true, but 20 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates of job growth during the same time period.
  • Eric Trump, echoing a claim his father has made, said that the U.S. is “one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” But U.S. personal taxes aren’t even in the top ten among industrialized nations. The U.S. has one of the highest business tax rates.
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott claimed the U.S. has “world-record high debt” — it ranks 39th out of 178 nations in terms of debt as a percentage of GDP, economists’ preferred measure.
  • Pence said “we cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies,” an old claim from Mitt Romney in 2012 that Obama apologized to other countries. But we read through all the speeches in question and found none rose to the level of an apology.

See our full story, “FactChecking Day 3 of the GOP Convention,” for more on these and other claims from the speakers.