Fact-checking first debate between Trump, Biden

Posted September 29, 2020 9:30 p.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2020 10:47 p.m. EDT

— President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden held their first debate on Tuesday night, and were less truthful at some points than others:

Biden's claim that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has a track record opposing the Affordable Care Act: Mostly true

Trump's claim that drug prices have dropped during his administration: Mostly false

Biden saying Trump has no plan to address the coronavirus pandemic: False

Trump calling Biden's record during the H1N1 outbreak as the "worst on record": Mostly false

Trump saying children are almost immune to coronavirus: False

Trump claiming record job growth during the recovery from the pandemic: Mostly false

Biden calling Trump the worst jobs president in history: Half true

Biden claiming the U.S. trade deficit hit an all-time high under Trump: Half true

Biden saying violent crime was up under Trump: Half true

Trump claiming that Biden wants to destroy suburbs: False

Biden claiming Trump cut funding for law enforcement: Mostly true

Trump claiming to have appointed a record number of federal judges: False

Trump saying that the California wildfires wouldn't have happened with proper forest management: False

Trump stating that the so-called Green New Deal would cost $100 trillion: False

Trump saying that Biden called service members "stupid bastards": Half true

Trump claiming that the Obama administration spied on his campaign: False

Trump claiming 80 million unsolicited ballots are blanketing the country: Mostly false

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