Fact check: Vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine, Mike Pence

Kaine & Pence trade barbs in veep debate

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A running compilation of fact-checking during the vice-presidential debate between Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

U.S. forces in Iraq: Pence said Clinton failed to keep U.S. troops in Iraq, leading to the rise of ISIS. An analysis by PolitiFact calls this "mostly false," concluding "there is no reason to believe the administration simply walked away from a deal to keep U.S. troops in Iraq."

Pence’s refugee ban was indeed shot down: Kaine rightly noted that just this week a U.S. Court of Appeals blocked the Indiana governor’s order to halt federal funding for groups working to resettle Syrians in the state. Pence asserted that terrorists could pose as refugees to enter the U.S., a claim for which the court’s three judges – all conservative – found no evidence, as the New York Times pointed out.

Kaine wrongly blames Bush tax cuts: Kaine compared Trump’s tax plan to that of George W. Bush in 2006, which Kaine claimed “put the economy into the deepest recession … since the 1930s.” That’s wrong, the Washington Post notes, as no credible economist would pin the Great Recession squarely on Bush’s tax cuts. The housing bubble was the major cause.

How much goes to charity? Pence stated that only 10 percent of the Clinton Global Foundation funds go to charities. A similar claim by Carly Fiorina's campain prompted FactCheck.org to take a look. While the effectiveness of the programs the foundation supported could not be measured, financial records showed 88 percent of funds collected when to charities in 2013.

Yup, he said leader. Kaine hit Pence hard for saying Russian President Vladimir Putin was a stronger leader than President Obama. Pence tried to spin the remark, but this quote tweeted by PolitiFact is hard to refute.

Who brokered that Iran deal? The Washington Post said Kaine was "way over his skis" giving Clinton credit for the Iranian nuclear agreement. It was actually negotiated by Clinton’s successor, John Kerry. And despite Kaine's claim the agreement eliminated Iran's nuclear program, it only set limitations.

Immigration rhetoric: Kaine hammered Trump's immigration policy, saying it will lead to mass deportations. However, a deep dive by PolitiFact found the Republican presidential nominee has softened his position on deportations.

Millions more living in poverty? Pence's claim that millions more people are living in poverty today compared to when President Obama took office in 2009 is a problematic statement. As the New York Times explains, poverty data is collected annually, allowing for two interpretations.

Squishy comparison on job creation: Pence's claim that his home state of Indiana created more jobs than Virginia did when Kaine was governor is difficult to back up. FactCheck.org points out that Kaine tenure as governor was during the Great Recession, when job losses occurred in nearly every state.

Foundation donors: Pence was quick to point out that the Clinton Global Foundation received donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. An analysis by PolitiFact found this to be true: Of the 25 donors that have contributed more than $5 million to the Clinton Foundation throughout the years, six are foreign governments.

Flame-proof pants? How do the candidates rate on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter? The nonpartisan news organization looked at 39 of Kaine's statements. 77 percent of them were rated either True, Mostly True, or Half-True. Compare that to 58 percent of 26 statements in those same categories by Pence. Neither candidate has had any claims ranked as Pants on Fire – something that can't be said for either of the presidential candidates.

KGW


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