PolitiFact at the RNC: Fact-checking Ben Carson, Tom Cotton and Adam Putnam
Florida delegates once again heard speeches from prominent Republicans at their delegate breakfast on July 19, including former presidential candidate Ben Carson, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. PolitiFact checked some of their remarks for accuracy.
Carson said that in the United States, “we have 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. That doesn’t make any sense.”
It may not make any sense, but he’s pretty close on the facts. As we noted in 2014, the United States actually has 4.4 percent of the world’s population and 22 percent of its prisoners.