Fact-Checking The Third Presidential Debate
Now that we’ve all witnessed the final Presidential debate before the election. Its time for a good old Fact Check, and just like last time we are using the always wonderful, always helpful Politifact. If you missed the debate for any reason, feel free to watch it here. Lets get started!
1. Once again, Mitt Romney continued his accusation that President Obama went around the world apologizing for the U.S. And once again, politifact has rated this a Lie.
Our reviews of Obama’s 2009 foreign travels and speeches showed no such thing. While he criticized past U.S. actions, such as torture practices at Guantanamo, he did not offer one apology.It’s ridiculous to call Obama’s foreign visits and remarks “an apology tour.” We rate this statement Pants on Fire!
2. Mitt Romney Said “The U.S. military is at risk of losing its “military superiority” because “our Navy is smaller than it’s been since 1917. Our Air Force is smaller and older than any time since 1947.” We checked that comment and it was false.
A wide range of experts told us it’s wrong to assume that a decline in the number of ships or aircraft automatically means a weaker military. Quite the contrary: The United States is the world’s unquestioned military leader today, not just because of the number of ships and aircraft in its arsenal but also because each is stocked with top-of-the-line technology and highly trained personnel.In addition, Romney appears to be using the statistic as a critique of the current administration, while experts tell us that both draw-downs and buildups of military equipment occur over long periods of time and can’t be pegged to one president.
Put it all together and you have a statement that, despite being close to accurate in its numbers, uses those numbers in service of a ridiculous point. Pants on Fire.
3. In one of the biggest assertions of the night. President Obama said that Mitt Romney called Russia our biggest geopolitical foe. According to Politifacts fact checkers, this comment is also a hundred percent True.
In the debate, Obama said Romney called Russia “the biggest geopolitical threat facing America.”
Romney said almost exactly that in a CNN interview, saying the Russians “fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors.” In a later interview, however, Romney softened his language, calling Russia our “No. 1 adversary” in terms of UN votes and emphasized it’s not an enemy of the kind launching missiles at American shores.
We rate Obama’s statement True.
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