For those who paid attention to the vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Paul Ryan, it was quite easy to see that both candidates failed to fact check the comments during debate! Both Biden and Paul Ryan cut corners while talking about domestic and foreign issues during the Vice Presidential debate. We decided to do a fact-check and here’s the result!
The Libyan ‘Security’ Question…
Biden: "We weren't told they wanted more security there," when asked on whether US should have increased security at the US Consulate in Libya before the attack said,
Facts: Joe Biden seemed unaware about the situation. Charlene R. Lam, a deputy assistant secretary for diplomatic security, said that she refused requests for greater security arrangements in Benghazi.
Eric Nordstrom, who was the top security official in Libya also said that he was criticized when he asked for more security.
Paul Ryan was right when he told Biden that there were requests for more security that went unheard.
Obamacare payment cuts…
Ryan: "And then they put this new Obamacare board in charge of cutting Medicare each and every year in ways that will lead to denied care for current seniors. This board, by the way, it's 15 people, the president's supposed to appoint them next year. And not one of them even has to have medical training."
Facts: In his statement Ryan is referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which was formulated under President Obama’s health care overhaul law. The law empowers service providers to cut Medicare payments if they rise above certain levels and Congress fails to act.
However, these cuts will not be made each and every year as said by Ryan. The board’s intervention will not be needed until 2018 or 2019 at the earliest, and by that time Obama will be done with his second term if he gets re-elected.
General Motor Rescue…
Biden: "We went out and rescued General Motors."
Facts: In reality, the auto industry bailout of General Motors and Chrysler started during the George W. Bush presidency. The Obama administration simply continued and expanded it.
Iran’s nuclear weapons…
Ryan: "We cannot allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons capability. Now, let's take a look at where we've gone — come from. When Barack Obama was elected, they had enough fissile material — nuclear material — to make one bomb. Now they have enough for five. They're racing toward a nuclear weapon. They're four years closer toward a nuclear weapons capability."
Facts: Ryan makes a misleading and exaggerated statement here. Iran has not been able to produce highly enriched uranium that will be adequate for making one nuclear weapon, let alone five.