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Cruz Distorts Nominees’ Defund Police Positions

Cruz Distorts Nominees’ Defund Police Positions

Sen. Ted Cruz has falsely tried to label “every single” Senate Democrat as “supporting abolishing the police,” based on a misleading interpretation of the words of two of President Joe Biden’s nominees.

Editing in Cruz Video Distorts Biden’s Position on Guns

Editing in Cruz Video Distorts Biden’s Position on Guns

President Joe Biden opposes the sale of assault weapons, and he supports a mandatory federal registry and a voluntary buyback program for all legally purchased assault weapons. But a video shared on Twitter by Sen. Ted Cruz leaves the false impression Biden wants to confiscate all guns.

FactChecking Cruz’s Partisan Spin on COVID-19 Bill

FactChecking Cruz’s Partisan Spin on COVID-19 Bill

Sen. Ted Cruz says 91% of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan “is a partisan wish list” for “Democratic special interests.” But he ignores that Republicans offered an alternative $618 billion bill that included many of the same elements of the Democratic plan, albeit in smaller amounts.

Viral Posts Attribute Fake Tweet to Cruz

Viral Posts Attribute Fake Tweet to Cruz

A screenshot purports to show a 2016 tweet from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz concerning climate change. Cruz’s office said the tweet was fake, and there is no record of Cruz ever posting it. The phony screenshot went viral anyway.

Republican Closing Ads: Immigration

Republican Closing Ads: Immigration

In the final days of the 2018 election, Republicans across the country are running TV ads about immigration that falsely accuse some Democrats of wanting “open borders,” plotting to “abolish ICE,” supporting “sanctuary cities” and more.

No ‘Charges Filed’ Against Beto O’Rourke

No ‘Charges Filed’ Against Beto O’Rourke

Q: Were “charges filed” against U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas for accepting an “illegal $10 million campaign donation” from CNN?

A: No. A Libertarian opponent filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming CNN’s town hall event with O’Rourke was worth $10 million.

Misleading Ad Targets O’Rourke for Border Comments

Misleading Ad Targets O’Rourke for Border Comments

A misleading TV ad from Sen. Ted Cruz claims Rep. Beto O’Rourke “said crossing the border illegally should not be a crime.” O’Rourke wasn’t referring to all illegal border crossings. He said asylum-seekers who enter the country between official entry ports should not be prosecuted.

Cruz on Social Security as a ‘Ponzi Scheme’

Cruz on Social Security as a ‘Ponzi Scheme’

In a televised debate on taxes, Sen. Ted Cruz denied that he ever called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” But in a 2011 interview, Cruz gave the definition of a “Ponzi scheme” and said, “That is exactly how Social Security operates.”

Cruz Wrong on Sandy Relief

Cruz Wrong on Sandy Relief

Sen. Ted Cruz wrongly claimed that a 2013 Hurricane Sandy relief bill was “filled with pork and unrelated spending,” estimating that “two-thirds of what was spent in that bill had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.”

Groundhog Friday

Groundhog Friday

It’s a health care edition of Groundhog Friday, featuring repeated claims from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.