After a couple of weeks off, the Republican debates came back in full force with two this past weekend. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum rode a wave of support following a virtual tie in the Iowa caucus. Newt Gingrich wanted to come out swinging after a disappointing fifth place and Ron Paul gained some momentum with a close third. As usual, most politicians make statements that don't bear out under scrutiny. This article takes a look at some of the statements made by the candidates during the debates.
Mitt Romney said, "In the business I had, we invested in over 100 different businesses and net-net, taking out the ones where we lost jobs and those that we added, those businesses have now added over 100,000 jobs.... I'm a good enough numbers guy to make sure I got both sides of that."
No one is really sure of the facts because the Romney campaign has not released the numbers and how he came to that figure. Moreover, he includes Staples, Dominos Pizza, and Sports Authority recent numbers during his campaign stops in his number even though he stopped being involved in acquisitions in 1999. The other thing is Bain Capital, the company Romney worked for, was one of a group of investors in those businesses so he can't claim complete success. Finally, four of the top ten companies Bain took over cut jobs, some filing for bankruptcy and destroyed pensions.
Newt Gingrich said, "Under Obama, 2011 was the highest price of gasoline in history. It is a direct result of his policies, which kill jobs, raise the price of heating oil and gasoline, weaken the United States, increase our dependence on foreign countries and weaken our national security in the face of Iran trying to close the Straits of Hormuz."
Gingrich is right that the price of gas has risen since Obama has been president but it's not because of his policies. Over one million and a half daily barrels of oil stopped during the revolt in Libya. That doesn't include the loss of oil due to other uprisings in the Middle East. Republicans also point to the moratorium previously placed on Gulf of Mexico as a reason. What they don't talk about is the oil and gas extraction going on in North Dakota and Texas. In addition, oil production increased 22.5 percent in 2011 and 25,000 jobs added during the same time.
Romney said, " ... By the way, the number one to cut is Obamacare. That saves $95 billion a year."
Republicans continue to repeat this statement despite facts to the contrary. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if Republicans repeal the health care law, it will increase the deficit by $210 billion over ten years.
Ron Paul said, "I don't see how we can do well against Obama if we have any candidate that, you know, endorsed, you know, single-payer systems and TARP bailouts and don't challenge the Federal Reserve's $15 trillion of injection bailing out their friends."
There are no Republicans who support a single-payer health system. Although Paul is correct that the Federal Reserve loaned $15 trillion, most of it has been paid back; same thing with the TARP bailout.
Not much new information came from the two Republican debates in New Hampshire. Romney is managing to hold of the other candidates to maintain his lead. Newt Gingrich is trying to get meaner after getting a beat down from Romney and Paul in Iowa. Rick Santorum faced some heat after his tie and Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman are counting the days until they're out of the race.
It is important to check what the candidates are saying, Republican or Democrat, to insure they're not selling a bill of goods. Holding them accountable is the only way to get a candidate that works for the people and not their friends or themselves.
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