In the first New Hampshire debate among 2012 presidential hopefuls, we
found a number of incorrect, misleading or shaky factual claims:
Pawlenty was wrong when he boasted that he was "one of the few
governors" to respond to a Bush request to send guardsmen to the
southern border. In fact, all 50 states participated in that border
Romney claimed that "we didn't raise taxes in Massachusetts" to pay
for his health care law. In fact, his successor imposed a $1-a-pack
tax increase on cigarettes to pay for the new law.
Santorum claimed a Medicare advisory board created by the new federal
health care law will result in a rationing of care for seniors. The
law specifically says the board “shall not include any recommendation
to ration health care.”
Santorum was wrong when he said the Obama administration is "against
any kind of exploration offshore or in Alaska." The administration has
approved 296 new permits for new offshore oil wells since taking
office, and it is considering granting the first permits in Alaska
Bachmann claimed the Congressional Budget Office "has said that
Obamacare will kill 800,000 jobs." That's a distortion. CBO said some
Americans would work less or leave their jobs if they can get health
insurance outside the workplace.
Pawlenty said that "[if] Brazil can have 5 percent growth, then the
United States of America can have 5 percent growth," showing his
economic plan is not unreasonable. But the fact is, World Bank figures
show Brazil has failed to achieve 5 percent growth for 23 of the past
Gingrich again tried to rewrite history by claiming that his words
"right-wing social engineering" were "totally taken out of context."
In fact, he called Paul Ryan's plan "too big a jump" and "radical"
change as well.
See this Amp at http://amplify.com/u/a157na