HALF TRUE: RantPaul: Debt doubled under Bush, tripled under Obama | PolitiFact

Published April 10, 2015 by wallacedarwin



Our ruling

Paul said, “Debt doubled” under Bush “and now it’s tripling under Barack Obama’s watch.”

This statement is confusing. A person could easily interpret it to mean that debt has tripled since Obama took office — which would be incorrect. Paul, on the other hand, said that it means debt today, under Obama, is triple what it was when Bush’s term started.

Indeed, today’s national debt is about triple what it was in January 2001, when Bush took office.

It’s also worth noting that many factors other than a particular president’s policies affect the national debt.

From one not-so-obvious angle, Paul’s numbers are correct. But because the statement could so easily be interpreted in another, less accurate way, we rate it Half True.



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