Politics

Gaffe gauge truthometer

Candidates in the 2016 presidential race have said some outrageous, unlikely, and unfortunate things.

Here’s a look at some of their statements and how truthful they are via PolitiFact, an independent fact-checking journalism website that vets statements by political candidates and office-holders.

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“There are more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible.” Ted Cruz was right: The tax code is 4 million words long; The Bible is about 800,000. PolitiFact rating: True
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“There are more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible.” Ted Cruz was right: The tax code is 4 million words long; The Bible is about 800,000. PolitiFact rating: True

“Over half of the black workers in this country earn less” than $15 an hour. Bernie Sanders was pretty close: Half of the black workers in this country earn less than $15.60. PolitiFact rating: Mostly True
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“Over half of the black workers in this country earn less” than $15 an hour. Bernie Sanders was pretty close: Half of the black workers in this country earn less than $15.60. PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

“I did say, when I was secretary of state, three years ago, that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week, and in looking at it, it didn’t meet my standards.” Except in 2002, Hillary Clinton said, “This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements.” PolitiFact rating: Half-True
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“I did say, when I was secretary of state, three years ago, that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week, and in looking at it, it didn’t meet my standards.” Except in 2002, Hillary Clinton said, “This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements.” PolitiFact rating: Half-True

“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails!” Bernie Sanders received roaring applause from the audience for this debate line, but the comment proved to boost Hillary Clinton, who hasn’t heard much about her inbox since.
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“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails!” Bernie Sanders received roaring applause from the audience for this debate line, but the comment proved to boost Hillary Clinton, who hasn’t heard much about her inbox since. Rating: Gaffe

“Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’” Carly Fiorina was referring to secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood staff describing fetal tissue research with antiabortion advocates — except that particular video does not exist. PolitiFact Rating: Mostly False
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“Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’” Carly Fiorina was referring to secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood staff describing fetal tissue research with antiabortion advocates — except that particular video does not exist. PolitiFact Rating: Mostly False

‘‘How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Donald Trump uttered these words in, of all places, Iowa. Not typical for presidential candidates who flatter the state that kicks off the presidential nominating calendar.
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‘‘How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Donald Trump uttered these words in, of all places, Iowa. Not typical for presidential candidates who flatter the state that kicks off the presidential nominating calendar. Rating: Callous

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain.” Ben Carson confirmed his long-held belief to CBS news. The ancient Egyptians used the pyramids to store the bodies of pharaohs. Rating: Baffling
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“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain.” Ben Carson confirmed his long-held belief to CBS news. The ancient Egyptians used the pyramids to store the bodies of pharaohs.

“Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” Ben Carson didn’t take into account John Adams, Ben Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson. Details. PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire
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“Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” Ben Carson didn’t take into account John Adams, Ben Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson. Details. PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire