The lies were flying fast at the CNN Arizona Republican debate, but here are the top seven untrue statements that must be debunked.
1). Lie: Rick Santorum claims Obamacare adds to the deficit.
The Facts: The CBO has found that Obamacare will reduce the deficit by $143 billion. The truth that the Republican candidates won’t tell you is that repealing Obamacare would add $230 billion to the deficit by 2021, so much for fiscal conservatism.
2). Lie: Mitt Romney claims government employees earn more than private sector workers.
The Facts: A paper by Rutgers University professor Jeffrey Keefe found that, “Private-sector workers earned average annual wages of $55,132, $6,061 greater than the $49,072 earned by public-sector workers. When looking at total compensation including employer-provided benefits, this gap narrowed but the private-sector workers still earned $2,001 more per year than public sector workers ($71,109 in total compensation, versus $69,108). This gap was especially large among more educated workers. College-educated workers on averages earned $22,966 less in total compensation.”
3). Lie: Mitt Romney Says He Will Ban Earmarks.
The Facts: Romney was lying to the debate audience. Presidents can’t unilaterally ban earmarks. The House is in charge of the governmental purse strings. A president does not have the authority to ban earmarks. If Congress passes a bill banning earmarks, the president can sign it, but earmarks are a congressional issue, and only Congress can solve the problem. Romney’s claim that he can ban earmarks is constitutionally impossible.
4). Lie: Newt Gingrich, “Obama voted for infanticide.”
The Facts: This is a favorite lie of the right. It was first raised by Obama’s opponent in the 2004 Senate race, Alan Keyes. The truth is that Obama never voted for infanticide. Obama voted against the bill because it was a backdoor to banning abortion. As FackCheck.org wrote, “Obama’s critics are free to speculate on his motives for voting against the bills, and postulate a lack of concern for babies’ welfare. But his stated reasons for opposing “born-alive” bills have to do with preserving abortion rights, a position he is known to support and has never hidden.”
5). Lie: Mitt Romney denies ever mandating contraception in religious hospitals in 2005
The Facts: Mitt Romney told a huge lie when he claimed that he never mandated that religious hospitals provide birth control. The truth is that in 2005 as governor of Massachusetts Romney signed a bill that mandated emergency contraception be provided in religious hospitals. At the time Romney said, “In my personal view, it’s the right thing for hospitals to provide information and access to emergency contraception to anyone who is a victim of rape.” Now according to Mitt those comments in 2005 never happened. – By Jason Easley
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