FACT CHECK THE DETROIT REPUB­LI­CAN DE­BATE

Chicago Sun-Times - - ELECTIONS 2016 -

Eu­gene Kiely, Brooks Jack­son, Lori Robert­son, D’An­gelo Gore and Vanessa Schipani l FactCheck.org

Fox News hosted Thurs­day night’s de­bate, the GOP’s 11th, in Detroit be­tween Don­ald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Ru­bio and Gov. John Ka­sich. Our wra­pup of false and mis­lead­ing claims:

Ru­bio said Trump in­her­ited $ 100 mil­lion from his father for his busi­ness; Trump said he started with $ 1 mil­lion. Both are stretch­ing the facts.

Trump claimed the govern­ment could save “hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars in waste” through ne­go­ti­at­ing pre­scrip­tion drug prices. But that’s well above the en­tire yearly spend­ing for Medi­care Part D.

Trump grossly ex­ag­ger­ated the U. S. trade deficit with China and falsely claimed that the U. S. runs a trade deficit with “ev­ery coun­try.”

Cruz claimed that a study showed the 1994 as­sault weapons ban “did noth­ing to re­duce vi­o­lent crime.” Not true. The study re­ported “mixed” re­sults.

Trump re­peated a bo­gus claim that the wife of a 9/ 11 ter­ror­ist left the U. S. two days be­fore the 2001 at­tacks and “knew ex­actly what­was hap­pen­ing.”

Trump said he was “al­ways against go­ing into Iraq.” He was an early critic of the war, but there is no record of him speak­ing against the war be­fore it started.

Trump claimed that Trump Univer­sity has an “A” rat­ing from the Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau, but the last rat­ing we could find was a “D-.”

Ru­bio and Trump dis­agreed on whether Trump had “ex­pressed ad­mi­ra­tion” for Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Putin. Trump had said it was “a great honor” to be com­pli­mented by the “highly re­spected” Putin.

Trump claimed that Ru­bio was the first per­son who ever dis­par­aged the size of Trump’s hands. Van­ity Fair’s editor did so more than 25 years ago. RE­PEATS RE­PEATED AGAIN Trump, Cruz and Ka­sich all re­peated claims we’ve fact- checked be­fore.

Trump falsely claimed he is beat­ing Clin­ton “very, very eas­ily” in a “re­cent” Fox News poll, when in fact the­most re­cent poll re­leased Feb. 18 showed Clin­ton ahead, 47%- 42%. He re­it­er­ated that he is beat­ing her in “many polls,” cit­ing the USA TO­DAY/ Suf­folk Univer­sity poll and the Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity poll. Trump is ahead 45%- 43% in the USA TO­DAY poll, but that is the only one of the 10 most re­cent polls that shows Trump beat­ing Clin­ton. He is trail­ing Clin­ton in the last Quin­nip­iac poll, 44%43%. Both re­sults are within the polls’ mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror.

Ka­sich said that in Ohio, “We’re up over 400,000 jobs.” As we have writ­ten be­fore, Ohio has gained 400,700 pri­vate­sec­tor jobs. But the job growth rate in Ohio was 9.3%, lower than the na­tional pri­vate- sec­tor growth rate of 11.7%.

Cruz claimed that the Af­ford­able Care Act was “the big­gest job- killer in Amer­ica.” But the econ­omy has gained mil­lions of jobs since Pres­i­dent Obama signed the ACA into law, and it has added 2.4 mil­lion since Jan­uary 2015, when the em­ployer man­date went into ef­fect.

For a full list of sources, see FactCheck.org.

CHIP SOMODEVILLA, GETTY IM­AGES

GOP front- run­ner Don­ald Trump, left, called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “ly­ing Ted” dur­ing one heated ex­change.

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