Fact Checking the Seventh Democratic Primary Debate

Below is the condensed version of some claims the candidates made in Tuesday’s Seventh Democratic Primary Debate.

First off, here is the latest, average of Democratic Iowa Caucus polling:

And…the National Average:

Bernie Sanders:

  • Claim: NAFTA and permanent normal trade relations with China have cost the US “some 4 million jobs.”
  • Fact: Likely an overestimate– “It’s difficult to measure the overall economic impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement since trade and investment trends can be affected by a number of factors, including economic growth, inflation and even a weakening dollar, according to the Congressional Research Service.
  • Claim: Environmental groups opposed the USMCA trade deal.
  • Fact: Environmental groups began voicing opposition to the renegotiated North American trade deal as early as May 2018, because they felt it didn’t make sufficient environmental protections or address climate change. 
  • Claim: Bernie Sanders claimed that “Medicare for all … will cost substantially less than the status quo.”
  • Fact: No one knows for sure. “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report last year that total spending under a single-payer system like Sanders is calling for “might be higher or lower than under the current system depending on the key features of the new system.”

Joe Biden:

  • Claim: Repeated his false claim that he opposed the war in Iraq from the moment the war began.
  • Fact: Biden did not oppose the war in Iraq from the point it started in March 2003. He did begin calling his 2002 vote a “mistake” in 2005, two years into the war, but he was a vocal public supporter of the war in 2003 and 2004.
  • Claim: Biden said that President Donald Trump “flat-out lied” when he claimed the US killed Iran’s top military general because he was targeting four US embassies.
  • Fact: Trump has yet to provide on shred of evidence “that Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was actively planning new attacks against four US embassies”
  • Claim : He was “asked to bring 156,000 troops home from that war, which I did. I led that effort.” 
  • Fact: Biden is roughly right about bringing troops home, but he didn’t mention that the U.S. had to send some back.


Elizabeth Warren:

  • Claim: Senator Lindsey Graham “talks about leaving troops in the Middle East] for 100 years.”
  • Fact: This claim is false. Graham has not said he wants to leave troops for hundreds of years.
  • Claim: Women on the stage are undefeated in their elections.
  • Fact: True-neither Liz nor Amy have lost an election.

Amy Klobuchar:

  • Claim: The Affordable Care Act is 10 points more popular than the President of the United States.
  • Fact: According to some polls, it is true but not all.

Thirteen News Now:

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