Fact-Checking Claims Made During the 2nd 2024 GOP Presidential Debate
Summary from AllSides News Team
The seven Republicans on stage for the second 2024 GOP presidential primary debate drew the attention of fact-checkers with claims about President Joe Biden, top issues, and their own records.
Florida Education: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked about his position and new Florida education standards that say "slaves develop skills in spite of slavery, not because of it." He called that a "hoax that was perpetrated by Kamala Harris," and said "we are not going to be doing that." There's no evidence that the standards have been changed to remove that line.
Ramaswamy's Businesses: Vivek Ramaswamy took heat from other candidates about his businesses' ties to China. One of his firms, Roivant Sciences, opened a biotech company in China in 2018, which was owned by a private equity group tied to the Chinese Communist Party. Ramaswamy stepped down from Roivant in February.
Trump's Border Wall: Chris Christie said Trump only built "52 miles of wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border. That number represents construction under Trump where no barrier or wall existed before. During Trump's tenure, another 373 miles of outdated primary and secondary fencing were also replaced.
Haley's Curtains: Sen. Tim Scott (SC) accused fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley of spending $50,000 of government money on curtains when she was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley said the Obama administration bought the curtains, and she's correct.
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