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PolitiFact: The truth so far in the 2016 presidential election



On March 23, 2015, in a college auditorium in Virginia, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce his campaign for president.

From then until now -- a span of 465 days -- PolitiFact has been watching the candidates and fact-checking their claims. Through June 29, we have published 650 fact-checks of the presidential candidates on our Truth-O-Meter.

That’s more than one new fact-check a day, and as you can imagine, a lot of Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire claims.

We get asked all the time how the candidates compare. We often fret the question because we don’t fact-check every claim a politician makes (we’d never sleep), and we may fact-check a statement multiple times if candidates keep repeating themselves. GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump, for instance, has often made the False claim that the United States is "the highest taxed nation in the world," and we've fact-checked it four times.

Keep reading Aaron Sharockman's story from PolitiFact.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:28am]


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