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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fact Checking the Debate: “It's Math” vs “You've Been President for Four Years”

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Fact Checking the Debate: “It's Math” vs “You've Been President for Four Years”

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Last night in Denver, President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Romney met for the first of three scheduled presidential debates. You can watch the whole thing below.  Jim Lehrer came in with six broad questions about domestic policy — fewer than the nine originally proposed — but still only managed to get through five of them.  

Once you've watched the debate, you can get a sense of the "truthiness" of various statements from fact checkers around the web:

The Obama campaign had a swift debate response ad ready by this morning; the Romney campaign's YouTube channel didn't have a specific debate-themed ad at this writing.

Having looked at the wonkish "facts" of the debate, the watercooler moment had to have been Romney's impromptu declaration that he liked Big Bird, if Twitter is any indication: