GOP Debate Debatable

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Republicans Debate in Des Moines
December 12, 2007

More exaggerations and mis-statements in the final GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses.


Republican Debate, December 12, 2007

  • Arizona Sen. John McCain promised to make the U.S. "oil independent" within five years, a goal experts say can't be achieved.
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney claimed American students score in the bottom quarter among industrial nations, but they score about average in the most recent tests.
  • Romney also claimed that federal programs to prevent teen pregnancy are "obviously not working," while in fact births are dramatically below what they were in 1991 despite a relatively small increase last year.
  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said a big federal tax cut would produce "a major boost in revenues for the government," a notion that nearly all economists say is a fantasy.
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee claimed he had the most impressive record on education of any GOP candidate, even though Arkansas children scored below the national average while those in Romney's Massachusetts were No. 1.
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter claimed the cost of administering and complying with the federal income tax is $250 billion a year, far higher than the figure given by a recent presidential advisory commission.
  • Read the detailed analysis here.

    The 90-minute debate was sponsored by the Des Moines Register and televised nationally on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and C-SPAN3. It was the final debate among GOP candidates before the first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential nomination caucuses, which are scheduled for January 3.