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PolitiFact Florida: Checking Marco Rubio on unfilled jobs and China at CPAC



Marco Rubio used his Thursday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to touch on the need for the country to better prepare its students for the modern workforce and fend off an oppressive Chinese government on the rise.

PolitiFact Florida broke out the Truth-O-Meter to test two of Rubio's claims.

The first: "There are 3 million jobs available in America that are not filled because too many of our people don’t have the skills for those jobs."

Rubio is basically right about the number of available jobs in the country, but there's no data to prove his contention that these unfilled jobs are all open because of a mismatch in job skills. In fact, we found a heap of evidence to contradict it. We rated this claim Half True.

The second: "The Chinese government provides their people no access to the Internet."

Rubio overstated the Internet problem in China. Chinese Internet users outnumber the rest of the world by a long shot, so there is clearly access. However, the government blocks access to popular Western websites and often prevents users from reading information it does not want getting out. We rated his claim Mostly False on balance.

Read the full stories here and here.

[Last modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:52am]


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