PolitiFact: Cruz "mostly false" on military

Posted at 3:16 AM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 06:19:24-05

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?


Ted Cruz on President Obama downgrading our military

Texas Senator Ted Cruz talked tough about how he would fight terrorism. He claimed the Obama Administration is failing the fight against ISIS, vowing to hunt down terrorist groups wherever they hide.

"Barack Obama right now," Cruz said, "number one, over seven years has dramatically degraded our military."


PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Our PolitiFact team rated Cruz's statement as mostly false. Cruz's statement does contain an element of truth in that military spending has decreased. but it's inaccurate for Cruz to solely fault President Obama for budget cuts as a result of cuts to both military and non-military spending.

Both Republicans and Democrats share the blame for the budget negotiations that fell apart.


More fact-checks from the GOP Debate:

Cruz says he has not insulted Donald Trump personally

Christie says neighbors knew about suspicious activity before San Bernardino attack

Paul says people of Ferguson, Missouri were "fined to death"

Carson says new Government regulations would stack as high as three-story building

Trump says he didn't try to have Megyn Kelly removed as debate moderator






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