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Fact-checking the first Democratic debate

The Democratic presidential candidates prepare to answer questions at the first Democratic debate hosted by CNN in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

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The Democratic presidential candidates prepare to answer questions at the first Democratic debate hosted by CNN in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

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Democratic presidential candidates finally got their chance to take high-profile shots at frontrunner Hillary Clinton in their first debate Tuesday, highlighting her vote for the Iraq war, her flip-flop on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and her proposed no-fly zone in Syria as weaknesses.

One thing they largely left alone: the email controversy that has grated the former secretary of state’s campaign.

"Let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as Clinton grinned and the Democratic crowd hollered.

That was one of the lighter moments among the Democrats on stage, including former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

PolitiFact is looking into several claims from the candidates. Here's what we've checked out so far.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:08am]

    

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