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Fact-checking the GOP presidential debate

Republican presidential candidates John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul take the stage before the Republican presidential debate at the Milwaukee Theatreon Tuesday.

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Republican presidential candidates John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul take the stage before the Republican presidential debate at the Milwaukee Theatreon Tuesday.

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The fourth GOP presidential debate hosted by Fox Business in Milwaukee focused on the economy, with candidates making claims that didn't always stand up to scrutiny.

Candidates spent a good portion of the debate bemoaning the tax code and outlining their plans to improve it. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas -- who has pushed to abolish the Internal Revenue Service -- said, "There are more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible." It’s generally accepted that the tax code is about 4 million words long, while the Bible is about 800,000. So Cruz’s claim came out True.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said income inequality "seems to be worst in cities run by Democrats." He has a point that one credible study shows a fairly strong correlation between high inequality and a Democratic mayor. But experts say it’s a stretch to draw conclusions from this. The claim inflates the actual powers of mayors to shape inequality in their cities and it ignores the role of population size and suburbanization in driving inequality. It also glosses over the fact that metropolitan areas, as opposed to cities, show no such relationship.

We rated Paul's claim Half True.

Keep reading PolitiFact's story, which we'll update as we add more fact-checks.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:34am]

    

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