Fact Checking The Debate


FactCheck.org did their homework on the debate last night and the top tier candidates answers.  They found a few nuggets:

  • Romney claimed New York called itself a “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens. It didn’t.
  • Giuliani denied New York actually was a “sanctuary city.” But the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has classified it as such, based on immigrant-friendly policies Giuliani still defends.
  • Huckabee claimed he would “abolish the IRS.” He failed to mention that he’d replace it with another big tax bureaucracy.
  • Huckabee said he had proposed to make children of illegal aliens eligible for Arkansas scholarships if they “had been in our schools their entire school life.” Actually, the proposal required only three years in Arkansas schools.
  • Giuliani was correct on two points: While he was mayor, New York snowfall went down and the Yankees won four World Series titles. He was joking, but his gag should remind citizens that it’s a mistake in logic to give mayors, or governors or presidents, all credit or blame for what happens just because they’re in office at the time.
  • Romney, claiming to be a “true suffering” fan of the Red Sox, said the team waited 87 years to win a World Series. They actually waited 86.

Notice a name missing from that list?

Not only did Fred come off as the most Presidential and the truest conservative, he also got his facts right.

Here is the longer version of the new Fred video that was played at the debate….good stuff:

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Fred did not seem to impress the people who are willing to put their real money up. He fell even further now at 80-1 No other Republican candidate has fallen as far; from a high of 5-1 in July, now down to 80-1.
Hillary is still the heavy favorite at 2-1

I like Fred. I took one of those tests online which said that my answers were closest to Tancredo’s, which surprised me. I don’t consider him a viable candidate. At the time, Fred wasn’t a declared candidate – if I could find the darn test again, maybe I’d take it again…just to see.
Still, I’m concerned that he doesn’t have what it takes to do the job. I suspect Guliani, Romney and probably Huckabee can do the job, but would I _want_ them to do the job they’d probably do? Dilemna dilemna…fortunately I have until Feb (I think) to make up my mind. Lots of water will pass under the bridge before I have to cross it…