Clinton's speech has drawn rave reviews ("incredible," "genius"), but also intense scrutiny from fact-checkers.
The speech "served up policy-wonking with cornpone" – and the policy-wonk part, stretched over nearly an hour's speechifying, added up to a "fact-checker's nightmare."
The stats in Clinton's speech mostly check out, according to right-leaning Factcheck.org – but not all:
$4 Trillion Deficit Savings? Nope
CLINTON: "[Obama] has offered a reasonable plan of $4 trillion in debt reduction over a decade....It passes the arithmetic test."
Not accurate, saysWaPo's Glenn Kessler. The claim relies on the "budget gimmick" of counting Iraq war spending projected into the future, money that the administration "never intended to spend." Kessler subtracts $2,648 from the $4 trillion, leaving Obama's plan at just under $1.4 trillion in savings.
4.5 million new jobs? Debatable.
CLINTON: "So here's another job score. President Obama: plus 4.5 million. Congressional Republicans: zero."
The 4.5 million is BS, says Kessler. It's "a cherry-picked number" because it only includes private-sector jobs.
Bloomberg's factcheck, however, rates this claim entirely true. "Clinton said that in the last 29 months the economy has produced about 4.5 million private-sector jobs...The statement is true."
Do Dem presidents create more jobs? The consensus is yes.
CLINTON: "What's the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million!"
"Clinton's math is correct," saysBloomberg. Right-leaning Factcheck.org agrees on this one, and so does Politifact.
Will Medicare go broke under Romney? Not exactly.
CLINTON: "So if [Romney is] elected, and if he does what he promised to do, Medicare will now go broke in 2016."
The Medicare Trust Fund would be exhausted by 2016 without Obamacare, but that doesn't mean Medicare will be "broke," notes Sarah Kliff at WaPo. Nearly every year since 1972 there's been a prediction that the trust fund will become insolvent, but it never happens because Congress can "chip in with extra dollars."
@steve-chicago you are right,i mean the guy apparently had people snuffed,involved in a drug trafficking operation,had the morals of a drunk ferret,did a lot of damage to the country,but I still kind of liked him,well he was good for hours of entertainment,plus he showed how to use cigars for fun & profit
@MongoAPillager He had a sweet "down home" way about him. He was also charismatic and I guess when he walked into a room, his presence was felt...the women adored him, and I though I never thought of him as good looking, there was something about him. He had a great way with the people, and a good sense of humor. He was the last Dem I voted for...
Judging from the speeches I've heard and read so far the themes of this convention are Divide according to those that hold women's issues above all else and that other party that wants to "humiliate women."
The other theme is "share." Attack the rich for not paying their fair share." There will also be a lot of talk about "shared prosperity... a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, a we're-all-in-this-together society..." A "You Didn't Build That!" collectivist society.
@ir0nw0lfe Maybe it wasn't quite so definite a statement. At least, Pres Clinton dismissed it, thusly: ""No, no, no, that’s not what I said," Clinton told a reporter who asked about the radio comments, "You always follow me around and play these little games. And I am not going to play your games today. This is a day about election day, go back and see what the question was and what my answer was. You have mischaracterized it just to get a another cheap story to divert the American people from the real urgent issues before us, and I choose not to play your game today." http://goo.gl/crrD4
Bill did knock the ball right out of the park! In fact all of the DNC speeches have, if the RNC speeches were a ball, knocked them all out of the park!! Bill may have embellished some, but the republicans just out and out lied. They lied over and over again. It was pathetic! In fact it was "Fox News'ish" in its fabrication of it's content. They should all go back to kissing the Roch asses they love so much. Most of what was said at the RNC could have been written by Stephen King. You know he writes Horror stories and what was said at RNC was Horror-ible stuff.
If it is all true or nearly true, why the hell am I and all of America in such a mess? I sure hope it is the truth and I still say 'Bill' was one of the best presidents we have had, so surelly he hasnt turned COMPLETE llier.(well he IS a politician after all and proned to 'exagerate badly')
in theory probably obama's administration has created more jobs,i have friends that have 3 or 4 part time,low paying,no benefit jobs .but if the question was how many jobs that you could survive on with out a full time struggle to survive,well i like to see that addressed
None of the statements at the GOP convention rang true, as all the fact checkers confirmed. But lets call Clinton out for suggesting Obama has tried to compromise? Really? It appears the GOP hypocrisy know no bounds!