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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:39 AM

FACT CHECK: Gingrich flubs history in GOP debate

WASHINGTON (AP) Newt Gingrich called rival Mitt Romney a "terrible historian" but flubbed his own history in Congress on Monday night when he claimed the nation ran four consecutive budget surpluses during his time as House speaker. Romney attacked Gingrich's financial links to Freddie Mac while ignoring his own.

The accusations were fast out of the gate in the latest Republican presidential debate, and reality got tromped in the process.

A look at some of claims and how they compare with the facts:

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GINGRICH: "When I was speaker, we had four consecutive balanced budgets."

THE FACTS: Actually, two.

The four straight years of budget surpluses were 1998 through 2001. Gingrich left Congress in 1999, so he only had a hand in surpluses for his last two years. The budget ran deficits for his first two years as speaker.

The highest surplus of that four-year string came in budget year 2000, after Gingrich was out of office.

Overall, the national debt went up during the four years Gingrich was speaker. In January 1995, when he assumed the leadership

http://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-gingrich-flubs-history-gop-debate-030803027.htmlposition, the gross national debt was $4.8 trillion. When he left four years later, it was $5.6 trillion, an increase of $800 billion.

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Reply FACT CHECK: Gingrich flubs history in GOP debate (Original post)
mfcorey1 Jan 2012 OP
MADem Jan 2012 #1
bulloney Jan 2012 #2
CTyankee Jan 2012 #5
tanyev Jan 2012 #3
HopeHoops Jan 2012 #4
Scurrilous Jan 2012 #6

Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:22 AM

1. That old boy pulls history outta his ass every chance he gets.

He tried to claim that his "I report to a lobbyist" job was "historical" in nature.

Oh, Speaker, please! We were not born last night!

I'd love to have a job that pays three hundred grand a year for doing "historical research." I'll bet someone who is an actual HISTORIAN would love such a job, too!

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 06:40 AM

2. Newt just strings a bunch of multi-syllable words together

and his knuckle-dragging base thinks he's some kind of a genius.

If you can't dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your bullshit, right Newt?

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:17 AM

5. Scarborough does the same thing and I have the same reaction as you!

I was THERE when those surpluses emerged. I remember the fight with Clinton. The pukes were proved wrong!

Historical revisionism, pure and simple...I wish more people would call them on it...

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:18 AM

3. It's OK, he's clearly a historian of alternate realities.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:14 AM

4. "Yo, Newt - ya got some Santorum on yer notes thar."

 

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:34 AM

6. LOL

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