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Voters should take it upon themselves to check the facts

Even though election day is not until November 8, 2016, candidates running for president on both sides of the aisle vying for their party nod are continuing to take digs at each other, not only in their appearances around the country, but in national televised debates. While the question and answer period grew heated once again in the most recent debate, it became clear that voters need to take it upon themselves to check the facts and not merely accept responses from the candidates as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
We did a little fact digging ourselves and found some interesting results. According to U.S. News and World Report, Donald Trump’s claim at the recent debate that he is putting up 100 percent of his own money for his campaign funding is not correct. Of the $3.9 million raised in this last quarter, $100,000 came from Trump, according to a report he filed in October with the Federal Election Commission.
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey claimed at this week’s debate that the United States government is stealing Social Security money. According to U.S. News and World Report, the United States has borrowed money from this fund and is paying it back with interest. Christie indicated that the program that most retirees in the country rely on once they retire would be out of funds in seven to eight years. MSN’s website states funds would last longer, anywhere from 14 to 19 years.
Rick Santorum, previously a senator from Pennsylvania, stated the United States lost approximately 2,000,000 manufacturing jobs during the Obama presidency. According to MSN, the net job loss in this field was 243,000, taking into consideration the number of jobs lost and the new jobs the United States has added. He also claimed that in the past 20 years, the United States has brought in more immigrants, legal and illegal, than any other time period, approximately 35,000,000. United States census shows 23,000,000 in that same time period.
Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, claimed a record number of Americans receive food stamps, when in fact, the number of recipients of this program has dropped in the last three years. Senator Ted Cruz stated that women’s wages during this president’s administration have declined, when statistics from the Bureau of Labor shows an increase ending September 2015.

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