The ruling: Half True. Bain invested overseas but it's a stretch to call them "pioneers." The trend was well established by the time Romney and Bain joined in.
ruling: Pants on Fire! There's no evidence that Romney ever specifically opposed exceptions for rape and incest. While he supported the "human life amendment," there are many versions and the most recent ones allow abortion after rape or incest. Romney said recently he supports those exceptions.
Their records serve as interesting and informative guides when looking back on the fact check beaten trail that was the 2012 presidential race.
Jennifer Granholm, Sept. 6, at the Democratic National Convention
The ruling: Mostly False. Many American firms connected to the wind industry expanded during the years of the stimulus. In some cases, they purchased wind turbine parts from companies in China. But no windmills were built in China using stimulus money.
The statement: Paul Ryan attacked the president for "the same amount of Medicare savings that (Ryan) had in his own budget."
PolitiFact has done its best to put many of these whoppers to the Truth O Meter, a fact from fiction litmus test that rates political claims as "True," "Mostly True," "Half True," "Mostly False," "False" or "Pants on Fire."
The statement: President Obama promised "he'd keep unemployment below 8 percent" if the stimulus passed.
Barack Obama, Oct. 24, in a TV ad
Their eyes on the four electoral vote prize, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney make their final stops in New Hampshire in the hours leading up to Election Day.
Barack Obama, July 3, in a campaign commercial
The ruling: Mostly False. The law limits payments to health care providers and insurers in order to spur efficiency and reduce the rapid growth of future Medicare spending. The cuts do not reduce benefits. Those savings, spread out over 10 years, are used to offset costs created by the health law, so that it doesn't add to the deficit.
proved successful. This line came from an op ed Romney wrote for the New York Times, suggesting he wanted to let the auto companies go out of business. Actually, he advocated a managed bankruptcy for the automakers.
The statement: Stimulus dollars paid for "windmills from China."
The ruling: Half True. It's correct only using the most cherry picked time frame. A more reasonable method starting the count at the beginning of the recovery shows a gain of 3.6 million jobs.
The ruling: Mostly False. Obama didn't say that. Rather, his Council of Economic Advisers predicted that the stimulus would hold it to that level. Their report included heavy disclaimers that their number was a projection and might not hold true.
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Each candidate's Truth O Meter scorecard is hardly scientific evidence of their truthfulness; for instance, PolitiFact has vetted Obama claims more than twice that of Romney. Still, it's worth noting in all that those checks Romney has received 19 Pants on Fire rulings compared to Obama's 7. And one of Obama's Panta on Fire came courtesy of PolitiFact NH for his big stretch about Romney wanting to fire Big Bird.
Mitt Romney, May 17, at a private campaign fundraiser
The statement: The Obama administration has created "5 million jobs over the last 30 months in the private sector alone."
The statement: President Obama "funneled" $716 billion out of Medicare "at the expense of the elderly."
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The statement: Romney's response to the auto crisis was 'Let Detroit go bankrupt.'
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Mitt Romney, July 18, in a campaign ad
It's been a long road for their campaigns and an even longer one for Granite Stater voters who have heard about skyrocketing taxes, soaring health care costs, raids on medicare, jobs moved to China and massive cuts to education.
Paul Ryan, Aug. 29, at the Republican National Convention
Checking more than 800 claims between candidates, parties and PACs, PolitiFact has compiled some of the most significant fact checks of the campaign. jobs to low wage countries."
Barack Obama, Oct. 16, in the second presidential debate
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