The debt "comes up all the time in town meetings … but it's never asked in the debates. It's really weird. It hasn't been brought up."
Jeb Bush, Feb. 2 at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.
We found this hard to believe — and it turns out, Bush's memory on this one is faulty.
Examples of questions about the debt asked during a debate:...
RINDGE, N.H. — The day after Iowa voters gave first, second and third place to relatively inexperienced Republican politicians, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubled down on the experience card during a morning event in New Hampshire.
Bush chose to be introduced by a veteran congressional politician — former presidential rival Lindsey Graham — and by his host, Franklin Pierce University president Andy Card, who was the former chief of staff to President George W. Bush, Jeb Bush’s brother....
"Fifty years ago, the average GM employee could pay for a year of a son or daughter's college tuition on just two weeks' wages."
Martin O'Malley, Democratic presidential candidate, Jan. 14 in a column on Medium.com
According to the U.S. Education Department, average undergraduate tuition and fees — excluding room and board — in the 1965-1966 school year was $607 per year for a four-year college (public and private) and $203 for a two-year college....
The battle for conservative votes between Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has morphed from friendly fire to all-out war ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus.
A new television ad from Cruz that Trump condemns exemplifies the pre-caucus beef. Cruz's ad portrays Trump as a selfish businessman who loves eminent domain because it "made him rich, like when he colluded with Atlantic City insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow."...
"Today, if you were raised poor, you're just as likely to stay poor as you were 50 years ago."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Jan. 9 in a column posted on Medium.com
The newly installed House speaker recently took to Medium to set the stage for a forum in Columbia, S.C., on Republican efforts to fight poverty. The forum, hosted by the Jack Kemp Foundation, drew six 2016 Republican presidential candidates: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired physician Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio....
Addiction is a deeply personal issue for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, whose daughter, Noelle, suffered from addiction and a string of related criminal charges while he was governor of Florida.
Bush offered a glimpse into "the heartbreak of drug abuse" in a post on the website Medium, along with policy proposals to better address addiction based on his gubernatorial tenure.
"As governor of Florida, I used a combination of strategies to help reduce heroin use among youth in Florida by approximately 50 percent," Bush wrote....
On the Sunday shows, presidential candidates reacted with vehemence to the weekend's news of Iran releasing American hostages as the two countries implemented a major nuclear agreement.
On the left, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont hailed the news of the hostages' release and offered kudos to President Barack Obama. On the right, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Obama had set a bad example that would encourage America's enemies. ...
As the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses near, the seven Republican candidates at Thursday's presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C., didn't need any help from the moderators to launch attacks at each other.
PolitiFact fact-checked several claims from the Fox Business Network debate, including a variety of candidate attacks about rivals' past stances and voting records. Here's a rundown....
New polling shows Donald Trump is neck-and-neck with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to win the Iowa caucuses for the Republican nomination for president. In interviews from Iowa on Sunday, Trump focused on foreign policy, continuing to criticize President Barack Obama and urging a change of course.
Trump hammered Obama for being a poor negotiator, particularly for Obama's controversial decision to exchange five Guantanamo detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner, in May 2014....
"When we held recent economic dialogues with China, we agreed on over 100 different things — including wildlife trafficking and volcano research. None of these 100-plus points of agreement addressed cybersecurity."
Carly Fiorina, Dec. 17 in a column posted on Medium
Campaign spokeswoman Anna Epstein told us that Fiorina was referring to a news release in which the White House summarized 127 areas of agreement reached in June 2015 at the Strategic & Economic Dialogue, a periodic summit between high-level representatives of the United States and China....
"We're practically not allowed to use coal anymore. What do we do with our coal? We ship it to China and they spew it in the air."
Donald Trump, Nov. 30 on MSNBC's Morning Joe
There's a grain of truth here, but it's buried under significant exaggeration.
In August, the Obama administration announced Clean Power Plan regulations that would require power plants to reduce carbon emissions, from 2005 levels, by 32 percent by 2030....
The inevitable has happened: After being awarded the 2015 PolitiFact Lie of the Year, Donald Trump has fired back.
On Monday, the day PolitiFact's annual award was announced, Trump spoke to ABC News' Jon Karl following a campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"PolitiFact is a group that if I said something right down the middle they are always going to be negative," Trump said. "They are leaning in a certain direction, and no matter what you do with them — I mean they are a very dishonest group in my opinion."...
Republican candidates have portrayed the country's military spending as woefully inadequate under the Obama administration.
They say the cuts, many made as part of the funny-sounding word "sequestration," put the United States at risk in the fight against terrorism. But the White House argues that it has been working to increase spending on the military, with some results.
The facts are sometimes murky, which makes it hard to know the truth....
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., dismissed Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban as an attempt to "recapture the limelight after having lost it," then pivoted to a harsher critique of President Barack Obama.
"But he is reminding us in that process that people are really upset and they're really scared," Rubio said of Trump on Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. "And they're worried. And I think the president made things worse last Sunday with his speech, not better."...
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has "no congressional oversight."
Carly Fiorina, Nov. 10 in a presidential debate
The bureau's mission is to "protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws." This includes enforcing consumer financial protection laws, following up on consumer complaints, promoting financial education, conducting research on consumer behavior, and monitoring financial markets for risks....