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Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: (2) Fact-Checking

By Adam Hornbuckle
Political Columnist

Much was said in the debate last Monday and many were left wondering, what was true and what was not? The following are some questionable statements made by the candidates and whether they are lies or the truth.

Trump: “Ford is leaving, you see that [its] small car division, leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio, they’re all leaving.”

This quote is not true, according to NPR. The unemployment rates for Michigan and Ohio are lower than the national average. Ford CEO Mark Fields stated that zero jobs would be lost at Ford plants in Michigan, according to NPR.

Trump: “My father gave me a very small loan in 1975 and I built into a company that’s worth many, many billions of dollars with some of the greatest assets in the world.”

This quote is not true, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that Trump took out loans from his father on multiple occasions throughout the ‘70s. In total, Trump borrowed more than $6 million from his father, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Trump: “And I just got today the, as you know, the endorsement of the fraternal order of police which just came in.”

This quote is mostly true, according to NPR. Trump did receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. However, Trump received the endorsement earlier in September and not on the day of the debate (Sept. 26), according to NPR.

Trump: “[in New York City] Murders…murders are up.”
This quote is false, according to NPR. Murders in New York City have steadily decreased since the new millennium, and are relatively low when compared to the murder rated of the ‘80s and ‘90s, according to the FBI and the Brennan Center for Justice.

Clinton: “Independent experts have looked at what I’ve pro- posed and looked at what Donald has proposed. And basically they have said this — that if his tax plan, which would blow up the debt by over $5 trillion dollars.”

This quote is true. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Trump’s tax plan would increase the national debt by $5.3 trillion dollars.

Clinton: [In response to Trump accusing Clinton of supporting the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement] “That is just not accu- rate. I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out.”

This is not true. Hillary Clinton did support the TPP. Clinton wrote
in her book, Hard Choices, that the TPP was the “Gold Standard” of trade deals. She called it “a strategic initiative that would strengthen the position of the United States in Asia,” according to NPR.

Clinton: “The other day I saw [Trump] saying that there were some Iranian sailors on [a] ship in the waters off of Iran and they were taunting American sailors who were on a nearby ship. He said, you know if they taunted our sailors I would blow them out of the water and start another war.”

This is not true, according to NPR. The actual quote of Donald Trump was “When they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water, OK?” according to NPR.

Clinton: “For 40 years everyone running for president has released their tax returns.”

This quote is mostly true. Every major presidential candidate in the past 40 years has released tax returns with the one exception of Gerald Ford. Ford released a summary of his tax returns, but not the entire tax return, according to Politifact.

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