FactChecking the CNN Republican DebateSome highlights:
- Donald Trump told a story linking vaccination to autism, but there’s no evidence that recommended vaccines cause autism.
- Trump denied he ever wanted to expand casino gambling in Florida, accusing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of making things up. But Trump’s former lobbyist says he did seek to change state law and build a Florida casino.
- Mike Huckabee said that Hillary Clinton is “under
investigation by the FBI” because she “destroyed government records.” The records she destroyed were personal emails and the Justice Department said she had the authority to do. The investigation involves unmarked classified information contained in emails on her personal account and stored on her personal server. The investigation will determine if there were “potential compromises of national security information,” as explained by the official who referred the case to the Justice Department.
- Carly Fiorina urged viewers to watch the Planned Parenthood videos released by an
anti-abortion group. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs
kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its
brain.” But that scene isn’t in any of the videos.
- Lindsey Graham praised Ronald
Reagan and then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill for “finding a way to save Social
Security from bankruptcy by adjusting the age of retirement from 65 to
67.” In fact, much more was required. The 1983 law to which Graham referred also
provided for increases in the payroll tax, and broadened the tax base
by requiring employees of nonprofits and new federal employees to be
covered and pay into the system. And it made a portion of Social
Security benefits subject to federal income tax for the first time, for
certain high-income people.
We wrote about 13 claims in all. Read the whole story at FactCheck.org.