Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Last night's debate:

THE CLAIM:Obama Misrepresented Veteran Unemployment Since He Took Office. OBAMA: "The first lady has done great work with an organization called Joining Forces putting our veterans back to work. And as a consequence, veterans' unemployment is actually now lower than general population, it was higher when I came into office. So those are the kinds of things that we can now do because we're making that transition in Afghanistan." (President Barack Obama, 2012 Presidential Debate, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, 10/22/12)

THE FACTS: "The Rate Among Veterans Of America's Most Recent Wars - In Iraq And Afghanistan - Is Currently Higher Than That Of The General Population." "The rate among veterans of America's most recent wars - in Iraq and Afghanistan - is currently higher than that of the general population. The president also may have misled some listeners when he said the veterans' rate 'was higher when I took office.' Higher than what? The rate for veterans was higher then than it is now, but it was lower than the rate for the general population both then and now." ("False Claims In Final Debate," FactCheck.org, 10/23/12)

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