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PolitiFact Florida: Checking Rick Scott's math and claims on Chuck Hagel



PolitiFact Florida focused on statements related to two politicians this week: Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S.Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's choice to be Secretary of Defense.

We rated Scott's claim that expanding Medicaid under the health care reform law would cost the state $26 billion over 10 years as False. While the cost to expand Medicaid is pretty unknown, the state study suggesting a $26 billion price tag relied on strange assumptions disputed by other state experts. Amid heavy criticism, the state quickly came out with a new study suggesting a cost closer to $3 billion.

When asked about possibly running against Charlie Crist in 2014, Scott has been quick to point out the dour economy during Crist's four-year tenure. Recently, he said, "In the four years before I became governor, we increased state debt $5.2 billion. We've paid it down $2 billion." Scott's numbers demonstrate a dramatic rise and fall in debt, but they're a bit off. Read why his claim is Half True.

Switching to Hagel's nomination, we examined a claim from U.S. Rep. Ileana Rohs-Lehtinen, R-Miami, about the former Nebraska senator's position on Iran. In a statement, she said, "He opposed sanctions against Iran, which has brazenly pursued the development of a nuclear weapon in open defiance of the international community as well as called for the destruction of one of our vital allies, Israel."

Click to read why we rated her statement Half True. 

We also checked a TV ad from a pro-Israel group on Hagel. The ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel attacked Hagel by trying to show points of disagreement between Hagel and Obama on Iran sanctions. We examined the group's claim that the men disagreed on military options for preventing a nuclear Iran.

The rating? Mostly False. Read more.



[Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 2:47pm]


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