DES MOINES, Iowa (WKBW) - Most of the GOP field met Thursday night in Des Moines, Iowa for the final debate before the Iowa Caucuses next week. We've teamed up with PolitiFact to put the candidates statements to the test.
So, how truthful were some of the major claims?
Ben Carson on new Government Regulations
Tackling federal oversight of small business, the debate moderators asked Dr. Ben Carson whether the government should pick winners and losers, or should that be left to the marketplace.
"Last year," Carson said, "there was an additional 81,000 pages of Government regulations. If you stack that up, it would be a three-story building. This is absolutely absurd."
PolitiFact rating: Mostly False
Carson comparing the amount of government regulations to a three-story building stood out to our PolitiFact team. The federal register did publish more than 81,000 pages last year, that stacked together would reach about three stories high.
But many of the pages did not contain regulations. Recent years show only about 31% of the register pages contain final rules. So that rating -- mostly false.