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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Checking in on GOP politicians’ claims during Iowa debate

The rulings

Tim Pawlenty

"Look, (Michele Bachmann) has done wonderful things in her life, absolutely wonderful things, but it is an undisputable fact that in Congress, her record of accomplishment and results is nonexistent."

Attacked Mitt Romney, saying "Obama-Care" was patterned after "RomneyCare."

Michele Bachmann

Said Pawlenty had supported cap and trade when he was Minnesota governor.

Accused Pawlenty of saying, "The era of small government is over."

When Standard & Poor's "dropped our credit rating, what they said is, we don't have an ability to repay our debt. ... I was proved right in my position" that the debt ceiling shouldn't have been raised."

Said raising the debt ceiling gave Obama a "blank check."

Newt Gingrich

Likened his campaign's problems to Ronald Reagan's.

Ron Paul

Declared in response to a question about how to increase growth that "the country's bankrupt."

Mitt Romney

"Back in the days of John F. Kennedy, the federal government took up, along with the state and local governments, 27 percent of the economy. Today, government consumes 37 percent of the economy. We're inches away from no longer having a free economy."

Jon Huntsman

Said that as governor of Utah, "We created a flat tax in the state of Utah."

Read the full story: Fact-checking the Iowa Republican debate

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