Fact Check: Political claims
From campaign commercials to stump speeches to news conferences, political talk is rife with hyperbole. We endeavor to cut through the clutter to show where the truth gets stretched.
Candidates in the 7th Congressional District accuse each other of distorting records related to immigration policy, tax policy and health care.
North Carolina's leading candidates for governor strayed from the strictly factual during their recent appearances on WRAL's "On the Record."
The Democratic candidate for governor tells viewers they should hold his Republican rival responsible for cuts to education and stretches what we know about Pat McCrory's tax plans.
It's no surprise that Medicare and health care spending overall have been a topic in both the presidential campaign trail and in Congressional campaigns like the one being waged in North Carolina's 7th District.
Pat McCrory, Republican candidate for governor, says he lowered taxes, helped lower Charlotte crime rate and create jobs during his tenure. Do those claims hold up?
N.C. Citizens for Progress's latest ad says the GOP candidate for governor hasn't released his tax returns. Is that unusual?
Republican lawmakers circulated a chart Friday showing four years of state spending on education. It leaves out hundreds of millions of dollars.
Violent crime has dropped since North Carolina has allowed citizens to obtain concealed weapons permits. However, that drop in crime is part of a national trend, and there's not good evidence that expanding concealed weapons laws has contributed to that drop in crime.
Gov. Bev Perdue's says there are "less dollars" for public education in the House budget proposal than last year. Strictly speaking, this isn't true but it's not totally wrong either.
In a second ad, North Carolina Citizens for Progress suggest Pat McCrory had a conflict working both as mayor of Charlotte and an executive for Duke Energy.
The Republican Governors Association has updated its on-air attack on Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in the race for North Carolina governor against Republican Pat McCrory. The new ad, part of an $850,000-plus, three-week ad purchase, again closely links Dalton with outgoing Democratic governor Bev Perdue. The claim is valid.
While the individual components of a new attacking Pat McCrory are true, how they are put together creates a misleading impression for viewers.
FACT CHECK: An ad paid for by the Republican Governor's Association claims a sales tax increase would cost 8,000 jobs. Where does that number come from? And is Walter Dalton really "Bev Perdue's right-hand man?"
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, Rep. Bill Faison and former Congressman Bob Etheridge threw out a lot of numbers and assertions during their debate on WRAL-TV Monday. Here's how their claims line up with the facts.
A new 30-second spot accuses Paul Coble of supporting debt increases as a commissioner. Is that accurate?
Like a good photograph, television political ads tell a story - about the candidates seeking office, their supporters, their opponents, the campaigns and the political process.