“We have done everything we could, in response to the State Department asking us to do this review because they asked all the former secretaries. And the reason they asked, Chuck, is they found gaps in the record keeping.”
— Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sept. 27, 2015
Editor’s Note: Every candidate running for president likes to highlight certain aspects of his or her biography. This is an occasional series taking a deeper look at 2016 candidates’ claims about their personal, professional or political record. We welcome suggestions for future fact checks, which we ultimately will compile as a collection. See our complete Scott Walker biography collection here.
“We have more people living in poverty today than almost any time in the history of this country.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), interview on CNN, Sept. 23, 2015
Sanders, an independent seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has made income inequality a major theme of his campaign. This statement jumped out at The Fact Checker because Sanders appeared to be citing raw numbers, rather than a percentage rate. That is problematic when comparing data over time, such as the more than 200-year history of the United States. (He did include a slight caveat of “almost any time.”)
“In New Jersey, we have medical marijuana laws, which I supported and implemented. … I’m not against medical marijuana. We do it in New Jersey. But I’m against the recreational use of marijuana.”
— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), the second GOP debate, Sept. 16, 2015
Several claims from the second Republican presidential debate stood out to our readers as fishy, such as this one. We fact-checked 18 other claims, including some by Christie, right after that debate, with a deeper looks at statements by Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina. How accurate is this claim?
“Taqiyya is a component of Sharia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals.”
— Dr. Ben Carson, interview with The Hill newspaper, Sept. 20, 2015
Carson, a neurosurgeon seeking the GOP presidential nomination, caused a stir when he declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he could not support a Muslim becoming president.
Every presidential candidate highlights certain aspects of his or her biography on the campaign trail. We compiled the following look at Scott Walker’s claims about his life and career. Click on the headlines to read the original column. We included social cards readers can share when they hear Walker repeat the claim. Send us your suggestions for other candidates and their biographical claims.
“Three hundred and seven thousand veterans have died waiting for health care.”
“We need to care for our veterans so 307,000 aren’t dying waiting for health care.”
—Business executive Carly Fiorina, the second GOP debate, Sept. 16, 2015
“We took a $3.6 billion budget deficit. We fixed it. We did it while cutting taxes by billions of dollars.”
—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Aug. 23, 2015
“We fixed a $3.6 billion budget deficit. We cut taxes the first couple years by $2 billion dollars.”
“There is a lunatic in North Korea with dozens of nuclear weapons and long-range rocket that can already hit the very place in which we stand tonight.”
— Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), remarks at the second GOP debate, Sept. 16, 2015
A reader asked about these remarks, which had escaped our notice while preparing our round-up of 18 dubious claims from the debate held at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., and aired on CNN.
“They were looking for just about anything. … It was largely a political witch hunt. They were looking for anything, and their contention was that they wanted to see if their efforts were coordinated — when it was clear that … the very things that me and my supporters were working on with us, was supporting the ideas … on reform (Wisconsin Act 10).”