Topic: Presidential Candidates

Presidential Seal
How educated are the 2016 presidential candidates?
2016 presidential candidates range from one with only a high school diploma (Scott Walker), to a Rhodes Scholar who attended an Ivy League university and Oxford (Jendel). The following had bachelor degrees: Huckabee, Kasich, Perry, Sanders, Bush, Trump, and Chaffee. Seven have law degrees.  Four have medical degrees.  The most education from the highest ranking colleges were #1 Jendel, #2 Cruz, #3 Carson, and #4 Clinton.
Donald Trump
Trump says, "We’re the most highly taxed nation in the world."
Depending on the measurement you use, the United States is either in the middle of the pack or on the lighter end of taxation when compared to other advanced industrialized nations.
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Hillary says, "Twenty-three million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 get treatment."
The actual ratio is about one of nine, not one in 10, and it’s worth noting that the treatment statistics include only the most intensive methods, leaving out such widely used approaches as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Donald Trump
Trump claims, "Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don't believe the 5.6. Don't believe it."
Setting aside his paranoia about the federal government cooking the books, Trump is off-base. Every source shows the unemployment rate is low.
Mike Huckabee
On MSNBC Morning Joe, 9/9/15, Republican presidential candidate Huckabee could not defend his stance against same sex marriage.
Huckabee was asked if he would issue a second divorce to Kim Davis, or refuse since Jesus condemned divorce, but said nothing about homosexuality.   Huckabee could not answer.  He quoted Matthew 19 to support his narrow definition of marriage, however that verse was actually one where Jesus was condemning divorce.
Mike Huckabee
MSNBC co-host questions Mike Huckabee's Christian faith, says Baptist pastor's comments on Obama's Iran nuke deal are 'Un-Christian.'
On July 29, 2015, Huckabee said when Obama signs the Iran deal "he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."  Mika Brzezinski said his comments were "uncivil, and un-Christian." She was upset that he invoked the Holocaust when the European Jews had no allies.  America, on the other hand, is Israel's greatest ally and is working for their protection.
Carly Fiorina
Fiorina said Planned Parenthood "is an organization that funnels millions of dollars in political contributions to pro-abortion candidates."
Planned Parenthood itself does not fund candidates, but affiliates who usually have "Planned Parenthood" in their name have legally spent "millions" to support women's health issues.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
Bernie Sanders won the debate, and perhaps the Election, when he defended Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton was defending herself against email allegations, when Bernie Sanders came to her rescue. He not only demonstrated the decency that is the hallmark of his campaign, but also proved that he's no ordinary politician who doesn't want to win the White House if it means losing his integrity. He's willing to protect even his political rival if it's in the name of justice.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
In the GOP debate Carson denied a ten year relationship with company who paid $7Million for deceptive claims.
Mannatech paid $7 million to settle a deceptive marketing lawsuit in Texas based on their claims that their products could cure autism, cancer, etc. the problem is not that Carson boldly endorsed the company, since he sincerely believed it it.  The problem is that he boldly lied about his involvement without blinking. Full Video of Ben Carson endorsing Mannatech.

Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Even after video proof shows that he lied about his 10 year involvement with a corrupt company, Carson blames opponents rather than admit.
National Review called him out on "bald-faced lies" about his relationship with supplement company, Mannatech, but rather than explain the videos of his commercial endorsement of the company, Carson just blames his rivals.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
West Point refutes Carson's claim that he was offered a "full scholarship."
West Point officials confirmed that there is no record that Carson ever applied there, and that all tuition is covered for all cadets anyway.  The claim was made by Carson in his book, "Gifted Hands." After Politico broke this story, and a lot of maneuvering,Carson finally admitted that this claim that he has repeated is not true. 
Chris Christie
Christie said the Democrats plan "to raise your tax rates to 70 or 80 percent."
None of the three Democrats running have proposed raising taxes except of the very rich, and there is no reasonable evidence that they would.  Hillary says she wants to raise taxes on only those making over $250,00 per year.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Carson says that Medicaid Fraud is half a trillion dollars.
The total spending for Medicare and Medicaid is only $980 billion last year.  He says health care fraud should be prosecuted to the fullest, but asked for lenience for his best friend and business partner Alfonso Costa, a dentist in the Pittsburgh area who had pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
Sanders says "500,000 troops came back with PTSD and traumatic brain injury."
No firm numbers exist for the number of veterans who have returned from America’s most recent conflicts with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries, but Sanders’ claim of 500,000 does fall within the range of estimates provided by the VA and other sources.
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz : "Here’s the simple and undeniable fact: The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats."
Cruz misquoted a study of voting registration of all felons (not just violent felons) after being released from prison in three states. It does not address their political choice when committing the crime.  Less than half registered to vote after release, and most of those were Democrats.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Carson said, "Last year, there were an additional 81,000 pages of government regulations. If you stack that up, it would be a three-story building."
He refers to the number of pages that were published in the Federal Register, a daily journal of the U.S. government that contains agency rules, proposed rules and public notices, but only about 31 percent of Register pages contain final rules. These rules might help save lives, keep banks from failing, or airplanes from crashing. 1/28/16
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Candidate Honesty Report Card" Hillary Clinton-Mostly True
As of 2/1/16, PolitiFact evaluated 149 statements made by Hillary Clinton.  Fifty Three percent were found to be true or mostly true.  Twenty Eight percent were found to be mostly false, or false. and only one was pants on fire.
Donald Trump
Candidate Honesty Report Card: Donald Trump- Mostly False
As of 2/1/16 PolitiFact has evaluated 86 of Donald Trump's statements. Of them only six were rated as true or partly true (14%).  Fifty nine statements were considered false or mostly false (68%), and seventeen were rated pants on fire (19%).
Marco Rubio
Candidate Honesty Report Card:Marco Rubio. Half true
As of 2/1/16 PolitiFact evaluated 127 statements by Marco Rubio. Of these 37 percent were determined to be true of mostly true.  Twenty two percent were half true. Thirty seven percent were mostly false or false, and three percent were Pants-on-Fire.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
Candidate Honesty Report Card: Bernie Sanders
As of 2/1/16, PolitiFact evaluated fifty two statements by Bernie Sanders.  Fifty one percent were found to be true or mostly true. Seventeen percent were half true. Thirty percent were mostly false or false. and no statements ere found to be pants-on-fire.
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Candidate Honesty Report Card: Jeb Bush- average score is between mostly true and half true.
As of 2/1/16, PolitiFact evaluated Seventy five statements by Jeb Bush.  Forty-seven percent were found to be true or mostly true.  Twenty two percent were half-true. Twenty-eight percent were mostly false or false, and two percent were pants-on-fire. View specific statements.
Donald Trump
June Trump Truthfulness average is "Mostly False."
As of June 10, 2016, PolitiFact has reviewed 154 statements by Donald Trump. Twelve (12) were true or mostly true. Forty nine (49) were 1/2 True of Mostly-False.  And Ninety three (93) were False or Pants-on-Fire. Below are just a few:
Donald Trump
Donald Trump says he never said he wanted to give nuclear arms to Japan.
After Hillary spoke of his support of giving nuclear arms to Japan, Trump denied it. In a March 26 interview with the New York Times, he rambled about it.  He "didn’t quite say he wants Japan to get nuclear weapons, but he did go right up to the line. He was leaving the option on the table."
Donald Trump
Trump said "Elizabeth Warren lied when she says I want to abolish the Federal Minimum Wage."
To be honest, Trump's comments are so all over the map.  In the Debate in November 2015, Trump said wages are "too high" and he wouldn't raise the minimum. On May 8, 2016, edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, He rambled about leaving it up to the states. On MSNBC in August 2015, Trump said, "Having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country." But when opponents quote him he calls them lairs.
Donald Trump
Trump claims, with Obamacare, "You have no options .. you can't get competitive bidding."
That is true in about 10 percent of the counties where individuals buy their coverage on the government’s insurance exchange. In another 30 percent of counties, people have only two companies to choose between. But in 60 percent of the counties there are at least three insurance providers to compare.
Donald Trump
Trump says, "We’re spending tremendous amounts of money to educate our kids. In the world, we're No. 1 per pupil by a factor of four."
There is good evidence to support his overall idea, that the United States gets less bang for its education buck than other developed countries. But Trump overstated U.S. spending by 500 percent. We’re not No. 1 in spending, by several different ways of measuring.
Donald Trump
Trump said, regarding the Iraq War, "I was the one that said, ‘Don’t go, don’t do it, you’re going to destabilize the Middle East.’ "
Trump made this claim in the Feb. 6, 2016, New Hampshire GOP debate, but in fact he never spoke out against the war until a year after the invasion. Trump now says, "We should bomb the oil", even if it hurts the atmosphere, and "take the oil".
Donald Trump
Trump says 25 percent of U.S. Muslims "agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad."
Trump is referring to a highly questionable poll conducted by the Center for Security Policy. Experts question the methodology and the dubiously large percentages of respondents who said they were unaware of ISIS or al-Qaida. Even an official with the Center for Security Policy cautioned against generalizing the poll results to the entire Muslim-American community.
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Hillary claims that "Donald Trump says climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese."
Trump has repeatedly called climate change a "hoax" in speeches, tweets and media appearances, and while he hasn’t necessarily repeated the charge that China "invented" climate change, he has said as recently as Jan. 18, 2016, that action on climate change "is done for the benefit of China."
Donald Trump
Trump says it "is Hillary Clinton's agenda" to "release the violent criminals from jail. She wants them all released."
Clinton supports easing how the criminal justice system treats nonviolent offenders. Trumps claim is pure fabrication.
Donald Trump
Trump claims, "There are places in America that are among the most dangerous in the world." The crime numbers are "worse in places like Oakland or Ferguson"." Seriously."
With threats around the world like war, terrorism, kidnappings, and other violence, U.S. cities are nowhere near the most dangerous in the world. Four American cities — though not Oakland or Ferguson — have some of the highest murder rates in the world. However, with vast differences in reporting, experts told us homicide rates alone are not enough to gauge whether a city is dangerous or not.
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Hillary said, "We now do have evidence" that Donald Trump is being used as a recruiting tool for terrorists.
That wasn't the case the first time Clinton claimed this. But now two different terror groups have used Trump's words in propaganda videos.  In one case jihadist propaganda, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. urges American Muslims to leave the United States and join ISIS.
Jennifer Schilling Dem Ws
Under Donald Trump's tax plan, the wealthiest 0.1 percent would get more tax relief than the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers combined."
Reports from respected nonpartisan research groups calculate that the 0.1 percent -- those making more than $3.7 million per year -- would receive 18 percent of the tax cuts under Trump’s proposal. The bottom 60 percent of taxpayers, meanwhile, would enjoy only 16.4 percent of the cuts.
Donald Trump
Trump says that Hillary Clinton "wants to abolish the Second Amendment."
 She has repeatedly said she wants to protect the right to bear arms while enacting measures to prevent gun violence.  There is no evidence she wants to abolish the Second Amendment,
Donald Trump
Trump repeatedly says,"We're the highest taxed nation in the world."
The United States is 31st among Industrialized nations in tax revenue as percentage of GDP (26.0%).  We are 17th regarding Corporate tax revenue (2.6%). and we are 19th as percentage of GDP Tax revenue per capita ($14,204).
Donald Trump
Trump says that the 2016 federal omnibus spending bill "funds illegal immigrants coming in and through your border, right through Phoenix."
In fact this bill actually funds the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the very agency tasked with keeping undocumented immigrants out.
Donald Trump
Trump says 4.9% unemployment numbers are phony and that the real numbers are "probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent."
No matter how you calculate unemployment rates, Trumps numbers are totally fabricated.
Donald Trump
A Trump television ad shows Mexicans swarming over "our southern border."
The footage used to support this outrageous point actually shows African migrants streaming over a border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, more than 5,000 miles away.
Donald Trump
Trump claims crime statistics show blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide victims.
A day after a black activist was kicked and punched by voters at a Donald Trump rally in Alabama, Trump tweeted an image packed with racially loaded with fictitious murder statistics.  The stats show that 82% of whites are killed by other whites -Not 16% as Trump stated; and 15% of whites are killed by blacks- not the 82% Trump fabricated.


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