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NPR - Debate Fact Checks

NPR - Debate Fact Checks

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First Presidential Debate
10/4, “Obama, Romney Clash Repeatedly Over Taxes,”
Morning Edition
 
 
No direct fact checks
10/4, “Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Denver Debate,”
Morning Edition
 
 
John Ydstie and Steve Inskeep said Romney was incorrect; they noted that
Romney’s tax cuts would indeed cost about $5 trillion in the next 10 years
; theynoted that Tax Policy Center says there are not enough loopholes and
deductions to pay for Romney’s tax plan
.
 
David Welna said Romney was incorrect; he cited incorrect numbers on hisenergy policy statements against Obama.
 
Julie Rovner said Romney was incorrect; the $716 billion does not changebenefits that are guaranteed under Medicare; it comes out of overpayments toinsurance companies, hospitals and drug companies.
 
Rovner said Obama was incorrect; not all of the $716 billion stays with seniors ashe claimed.
 
Scott Horsely said Romney was incorrect in saying that he supports and hassupported Simpson-Bowles.
 
Horsely said Obama was incorrect in saying that he supports and has supportedSimpson-Bowles.
 
Inskeep noted Obama was correct in saying that Romney has ruled out revenue.
10/4, “Republicans Thrilled With Romney’s Debate Showing,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
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10/4, “Romney’s Tax Policy Still Has Holes After Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
Ydstie and Audie Cornish said
Obama was correct; they noted that Romney’s tax
cuts would indeed cost about $5 trillion in the next 10 years; they noted that TaxPolicy Center says there are not enough loopholes and deductions to pay for
Romney’s tax plan.
 
 
Ydstie and Cornish said
Romney was incorrect; they noted that Romney’s tax
cuts would indeed cost about $5 trillion in the next 10 years; they noted that TaxPolicy Center says there are not enough loopholes and deductions to pay for
Romney’s tax plan
.
 
Ydstie said Romney was incorrect; the six studies that Romney cited do notsupport the specifics of his proposal.
 
Ydstie said Romney was incorrect, the deduction cap would not cover the $5
trillion cost of Romney’s tax cut
.
10/4, “Romney Takes A Mini Victory Lap After First Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
Melissa Block said Romney has not specified how his tax plan will not add to thedeficit.
 
Shapiro said Romney was correct; he has indeed long said that he does not wantto get rid of all regulations.
 
Ari Shapiro said Romney was incorrect; preexisting conditions are only covered
under Romney’s plan for people who already have insurance
.
10/4, “Obama Criticized For Not Pushing Back During Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
 
No direct fact checksVice-Presidential Debate
 
10/12, “No. 2’s, Biden, Ryan, Square Off In Combative Debate,”
Morning Edition
 
 
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10/12, “Fact
-
checking Thursday’s VP Debate,”
Morning Edition
 
 
Michele Kelemen said Ryan was correct; security officials in Libya had asked formore security but did not get it.
 
Kelemen said Biden was incorrect; the administration did know they wantedmore security.
 
Kelemen said Biden was incorrect; the State Department account from the nightof the attack in Benghazi said the attack did not start as a protest.
 
Kelemen said Ryan was incorrect; there is no evidence that Iran is able to enrichenough uranium to make a nuclear weapon.
 
Kelemen said Ryan was incorrect; the sanctions against Iran have had an effect.
 
Tom Bowman said Biden was incorrect; all American forces will not be out of Afghanistan in 2014.
 
Larry Abramson said Ryan was correct; the White House has cut defensespending in the past.
 
Abramson said Biden was correct; Ryan and the rest of Congress agreed to thesecuts in troops last year.
 
Abramson said Ryan was incorrect; Ryan and the rest of Congress agreed tothese cuts in troops last year.
 
Ydstie said Biden was correct; the Romney tax plan is not mathematicallypossible (tax cuts along with preserving biggest deductions).
 
Ydstie said Ryan was incorrect; the Romney tax plan is not mathematicallypossible (tax cuts along with preserving biggest deductions).
 
Ydstie said Biden was incorrect; the Obama tax plan raises taxes on individualsmaking more than $200,000 a year and families making more than $250,000 ayear, instead of just millionaires.
10/12, “Biden Brings High Energy To Vice Presidential Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact checks
10/12, “Ryan Attacks Biden On Libya Post
-
Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact checks
10/12, “Week In Politics: Vice Presidential Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact checks
10/12, “Vice Presidential Candidates Spar Over Medicare,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
Rovner said Biden was correct; the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan eliminates theguarantee of Medicare.
 
Rovner said Biden was correct; Ryan’s current Medicare plan was not backed by
 a Democrat.
 
Rovner said
Ryan was incorrect; Ryan’s current Medicare plan was not backed by
a Democrat.
 
 
Rovner said Ryan was incorrect; under Obamacare, 30 million more people willhave insurance.
 
Rovner said Biden was incorrect; he and Sarah Palin did not
discuss “deathpanels” at the last vice
-presidential debate.Second Presidential Debate
10/17, “Take
-
Charge Obama Shows Up For Second Debate,”
Morning Edition
 
 
No direct fact checks
10/17, “Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Second Debate,”
Morning Edition
 
 
Jeff Brady said Romney was correct; oil production on federal land and offshorewas down 14 percent last year.
 
Brady said Romney was incorrect; domestic oil production is up.
 
Brady said Obama was correct; domestic oil production is up.
 
Renee Montagne said Romney was correct; gas prices have increased from 2008to now.
 
Brady said Romney was incorrect; a President does not usually have the ability tocontrol gas prices.
 
Ydstie said Romney was incorrect;
he will cut everyone’s tax rate by 20 percent
and his
tax plan doesn’t add up.
 
 
Ydstie said Obama was incorrect; Romney was not managing Bain Capitalinvested in companies that outsourced to China.
 
Ydstie said Romney was correct; anyone who owns a broad portfolio of stocks ormutual funds is profiting from companies that have shipped jobs overseas.
 
Rovner said Romney has changed his position on contraception coverage (notcounted in the tally because the direct statement was not checked).
 
Kelemen said Obama was correct;
Obama did use the term “acts of terror” on
Sept. 12.
 
Kelemen said
Romney was incorrect; Obama did use the term “acts of terror” on
Sept. 12.
 
Kelemen said Romney was correct; days after the consulate attack, Susan Ricewent on numerous television shows blaming the video for the attack.
 
Ted Robbins said Romney was correct; Obama did not put out an immigrationplan in his first year as he promised during his campaign.
 
Robbins said Obama was incorrect; Romney did not endorse the entirety of SB-1070, the Arizona immigration law.
 
Robbins said Romney was correct; Romney did not endorse the entirety of SB-1070, the Arizona immigration law.
10/17, “Two
 
Writers Comment On Presidential Debate,”
Morning Edition
 
 
No direct fact checks
10/17, “Obama Focused, Energetic After Second Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact checks
10/17, “GOP Angry With Moderator Crowley After Debate,”
 All Things Considered 
 
 
No direct fact checks

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