Fact checkers need to work overtime during first presidential debate


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HEMPSTEAD, New York - Whether or not it's true, politicians will say anything....about each other. That's the story of Monday night's debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were busy talking, but the fact checkers were even busier.

Regarding global warming...

Clinton: "Donald thinks climate change is a hoax."
Trump: "I do not say that. I do not say that."

Technically, he didn't say that. But in November of 2012 he did tweet it! "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

Next topic, the Iraq war....

Clinton: "Donald supported the invasion of Iraq."                                                                                                                                                        Trump: "Wrong."                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Clinton: "That is absolutely proved..."                                                                                                                                                                                 Trump: "Wrong...."                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Clinton: "...over and over again."

That's what Trump is saying now. But in September of 2002 he said something different on Howard Stern's radio show.  Stern: "Are you for invading Iraq?"  Trump: "Yeah, I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly."

Next topic, the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

Trump: "You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it was the finest deal you've ever seen."
Clinton:  "Donald, I know that you live in your own reality."

But in November of 2012, Clinton did say, "This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements."

What about pregnancy?

Clinton: (Referring to Donald Trump) "Someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers."
Trump: "I never said that."

Yet, in a televised interview in October, 2004, he said, "Pregnancy is a wonderful thing for the wife. It's a wonderful thing for the husband. It's certainly an inconvenience for a  business."

Generally speaking, the fact checkers found Clinton to be more accurate on most of the hot topics up for debate. And here's one final fact: these two candidates will keep those fact checkers in business from now through Election Day!


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