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More Florida Fouls
Posted on January 27, 2012
Newt Gingrich falsely claimed he never favored a federal mandate requiring individuals to have health insurance. Rick Santorum claimed five times more people are seeking free care at Massachusetts hospitals because of Mitt Romney’s health care law — a claim contradicted by official statistics.
Romney repeated a false accusation that President Obama failed to denounce Hamas rocket attacks in a speech to the United Nations. And Santorum insisted that Muslim terrorists are seeking missile bases in Cuba — a wild claim based most likely on mistranslations of an Italian newspaper report.
These were among the factual fouls that we noted as four GOP presidential candidates met for yet another debate. This one, the final debate prior to Florida’s Jan. 31 primary, took place Jan. 26 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., and was carried live on CNN.
And From Politifact-
Gingrich boasted about his fiscal record, saying, “We balanced the budget with the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, and ultimately had four consecutive balanced budgets.” That wording is slightly more accurate than his previous claims, which have indicated they all occurred when he was speaker. Two were after he left office.
We’ll be checking other claims from the debate today and will link to them from this story.