FACT CHECK THE DETROIT REPUBLICAN DEBATE
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.
GOP front- runner Donald Trump, left, called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “lying Ted” during one heated exchange.