They said what? Fact-checking the final debate between Clinton and Trump

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A running compilation of fact-checking during the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

One more time on Obamacare: Trump repeated his claims that insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act will go up 60, 70, and 80 percent. But an analysis by Factcheck.org found that he was cherry-picking his stats.

Clinton failed to keep troops in Iraq? Not quite: Trump criticized Clinton during the debate for failing to keep U.S. troops in Iraq, paving the way for the Islamic State to flourish in the region. The claim’s largely false, PolitFact found: It overemphasizes Clinton’s role as secretary of state, given that most of the critical decisions occurred between the White House and Iraqi leaders. The White House wanted to keep American soldiers free from legal action in Iraq, PolitiFact notes, and didn’t simply step away from a deal to keep troops in the region.

Debt vs. budget deficits: Clinton said that when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president, the country's $300 billion budget deficit turned into a $200 billion surplus. That's correct. But she went too far by adding “we were actually on the path to eliminating the national debt.” The New York Times points out the nation was nowhere near eliminating federal debt — the accumulated total of past borrowing. Debt held by the public totaled $3.4 trillion at the end of 2000.

The rise of ISIS: Trump has said in several debates that Clinton and Obama are responsible for the collapse of Iraq and the rise of ISIS, in part because they withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq and left a power vacuum. Discussing the on-going battle for Mosul, Trump said, “we had Mosul” and then “she took everybody out.” But Trump was once in favor of removing US troops from Iraq.

This from FactCheck.org in August: “Furthermore, Trump himself supported withdrawing troops from Iraq as early as 2007, telling CNN in a March 16, 2007, interview that the U.S. should “declare victory and leave, because I’ll tell you, this country is just going to get further bogged down. … This is a total catastrophe and you might as well get out now, because you just are wasting time.”

Rigged elections and voter fraud: Trump says his claims of voter fraud are backed by a Pew Center study that estimates nearly one in eight voter registrations are inaccurate. But the report found no evidence of voter fraud, only an outdated record system.

The $6 billion question: Trump said that while Clinton was secretary of state, the State Department somehow lost $6 billion. Clinton says that was not true and has been repeatedly “debunked.” Here’s what the debunking website Snopes.com had to say about this old claim: Mostly false.

In 2014, the State Department inspector general issued an alert saying the paperwork on $6 billion in contracts hadn’t been properly accounted for. The IG issued a statement saying, “Some have concluded based on this that $6 billion is missing. The alert, however, did not draw that conclusion. Instead, it found that the failure to adequately maintain contract files — documents necessary to ensure the full accounting of U.S. tax dollars — ‘creates significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions.’”

The not-so-gold standard: Trump played fact-checker when he stated Clinton once called the Trans-Pacific Partnership the "gold standard." The record shows she indeed did say that before announcing last week she no longer supports the international trade deal.

Deporter-in-Chief: Trump made a point of mentioning that President Obama has deported “millions and millions of people.”

He’s right. Obama is sometimes referred to as the “deporter-in-chief” by his critics. According to an ABC News report, "between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who 'self-deported’ or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection."

Clinton's stance on late-term abortion: Trump said his rival supports all abortion, even on "the final day" of pregnancy. PolitiFact's analysis of Clinton's remarks on the topic don't support that claim.

Gun deaths in the United States: In response to a question about the Second Amendment, Clinton stated there are 90 gun deaths a day in the United States. This statistic is widely viewed as accurate.

Liar, liar ... PolitiFact fact-checked Clinton and Trump a combined 567 times heading into tonight's debate. How do they fare? More than 70 percent of Trump's claims have been rated Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, compared to 27 percent of Clinton's.


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