From statements about "anchor babies" to deportation data, illegal immigration has been one of the hottest topics of the 2016 presidential race.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has made several claims related to immigration that have received False and Pants on Fire ratings. We have also fact-checked claims by many other GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, as well as Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton....
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said at the Iowa State Fair that to face threats from across the globe, ranging from the Middle East to Asia to Russia, the United States needs to keep its military strong.
"The most important obligation of the federal government is to keep you safe and me safe and our family safe," Rubio said on Tuesday. "And it's not doing that now, because we are eviscerating our defense spending."...
08/16/15 State Roundup
Teenagers getting inked apparently are subject to greater parental say than those getting an abortion, according to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
Rubio joined other Republicans in criticizing Planned Parenthood amid the release of videos by an antiabortion group that accuse the group of brokering fetal tissue for profit. He's also among those who voted to defund Planned Parenthood, a measure that failed to get the required 60 Senate votes to advance....
FORT LAUDERDALE — Forget the primary. For a moment Friday, it seemed as though next year's general election had arrived in Fort Lauderdale.
Democrat Hillary Clinton took direct aim at Republican Jeb Bush — who in turn made a pitch to the voters whose support he would need to defeat Clinton.
Clinton didn't name Bush when she spoke to the annual conference of the National Urban League, a civil-rights organization that welcomed five 2016 presidential contenders....
What 2016 could look like: Hillary Clinton goes after Jeb Bush while he tries to lure Democratic voters07/31/15National
FORT LAUDERDALE — Forget the primary. For a moment Friday in Fort Lauderdale, it seemed as though next year's general election had already arrived.
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton took direct aim at Republican Jeb Bush — who in turn made a pitch to the voters whose support he would need to defeat Clinton.
Clinton didn't name Bush when she spoke to the annual conference of the National Urban League, a civil rights organization that welcomed five 2016 presidential candidates. But she referred to the "right to rise" — the name of a political action committee raising money for him....
MIAMI — Rivals Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton will speak at the same event for the first time during the presidential campaign when they deliver their messages to black voters at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, a gathering that will also draw three more 2016 contenders.
Bush has frequently said that he will campaign where Republicans often don't venture, including in black communities that overwhelmingly vote Democratic and helped President Barack Obama win the swing state of Florida. But the goal for Bush is to chip away at that loyal blue base in Florida where the outcome — should he become the party's nominee — could be razor thin....
It may not be the last time they face off, but Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton take their messages before a key demographic -- black voters -- when they give speeches at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale July 31.
While black voters overwhelmingly register as Democrats, Bush has said he will campaign where Republicans often don’t, including before black audiences....
The day after Donald Trump visited the border in Laredo, Texas, he was armed with some fresh claims about illegal immigration, including how many immigrants are actually here.
"I don't think the 11 million -- which is a number you have been hearing for many many years, I've been hearing that number for five years -- I don't think that is an accurate number anymore," Trump said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe July 24. "I am now hearing it's 30 million, it could be 34 million, which is a much bigger problem."...
07/26/15 State Roundup
After Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera entered the race to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Allison Tant leveled a series of charges against the Republican.
The one that caught our attention was that Lopez-Cantera "voiced enthusiastic support for bringing an Arizona-style immigration law to Florida, calling the measure 'common sense.' "
Lopez-Cantera, who was born in Spain to Cuban parents, is hoping to draw part of his support from Hispanic voters. Is it true that he was an enthusiastic supporter for an Arizona-style law, which some Hispanics feared would lead to racial profiling?...
PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Jeb Bush on military gun policies, Marco Rubio on Iran deal details07/24/15 Blog
A day after the shooting rampage at two military sites in Chattanooga that would ultimately take the lives of four Marines and a Navy petty officer, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- a Republican presidential candidate -- pointed the finger at former President Bill Clinton’s administration for a law that he said banned the carrying of guns by military recruiters.
Speaking at a Carson City, Nev., town hall on July 17, Bush said, "A law was passed, apparently in the Clinton administration, about whether, in recruiting offices … Marines or other military should be able to have guns. Apparently it is prohibited."...
07/19/15 State Roundup
Though U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, is perhaps most famous for his colorful language about Republicans, in his campaign for U.S. Senate he wants to portray himself as a politician who gets things done — even when Republicans are in charge of Congress.
When Grayson announced that he will enter the race for the seat now held by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, he repeatedly made claims that he is No. 1 in terms of legislation passed:...
PolitiFact Florida: Carlos Lopez-Cantera was an enthusiastic supporter of Arizona-style law, Allison Tant says07/17/15 Blog
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera became the first Hispanic candidate to enter the Florida Senate race to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on July 15.
Florida Democratic Party chair Allison Tant leveled a series of charges against the Republican, but the one that caught our attention was this one: that Lopez- Cantera "voiced enthusiastic support for bringing an Arizona-style immigration law to Florida, calling the measure 'common sense.’ "...
PolitiFact Florida: Has Alan Grayson passed more bills and amendments than any other member of Congress?07/14/15 Blog
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, an Orlando Democrat running for U.S. Senate, says he passed more bills and amendments than any other current member of Congress. PolitiFact Florida started counting legislation and found that there are some details to explain -- Grayson appears to target issues where he can find agreement from the right -- but his statement is largely accurate. Read our report for details....
When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns, he suggested we are all paying too much in taxes -- himself included. A chart highlighted Bush's "average federal tax rate" as 36 percent.
Was Bush's average federal tax rate 36 percent over the years? It was a figure that drew attention and criticism. We found that it depends on how you calculate it. Read our full report. ...
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson dismissed concerns raised by some Democrats about his electability including his friend trial lawyer John Morgan who told the Miami Herald last night that he believes Grayson has a “snowball’s chance in hell” of winning the general election....