Reality Check: Troublesome claims in first presidential debate

Reality Check: Troublesome claims in first presidential debate

MADISON, Wis. - Left wondering about some of the statements in the debate?

News 3 took a look at some of the claims made at Hofstra University in New York Monday night.

First, a look at what Donald Trump said early on in the evening about jobs leaving the country.

"Ford is leaving," Trump said. "You see that, their small-car division leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They're all leaving. And we can't allow it to happen anymore."

News 3 finds this is misleading. Ford Motor Company plans to expand their small-car division in Mexico, but they aren't moving any U.S. jobs. Ford and the United Auto Workers union tweeted to that effect Monday night, saying they make more vehicles in the U.S. than any automaker and an agreement assures workers here will make two new vehicles.

Then there's Clinton's claim about what "independent experts"have said about her economic plans.

"They've looked at my plans and they've said, 'OK, if we can do this,' and I intend to get it done, 'we will have 10 million more new jobs because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy,'" Clinton said.

News 3 finds this needs clarification. A report put out by Moody's Analytics, an independent research group, said Clinton's plan could create 10 million jobs and also reported that Trump's plan would cause a recession. But while the firm is independent, the lead author of the report donated $2,700 to Clinton's campaign last year.

Then there was this back-and-forth on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

"You want to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Trump said at the debate. "You were totally in favor of it, then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said I can't win that debate. But you know that if you did win, you'd approve that."

"That is just not accurate," Clinton said. "I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out, I wrote about that."

"You called it the 'gold standard of trade deals,'" Trump shot back. "You said it's the finest deal you've ever seen."

"No," Clinton responded.

News 3 finds what Trump said is true. Clinton did call the TPP "the gold standard" in 2012 as secretary of state, but she said that before the deal was negotiated. Her policy position has since changed and she now says she would not support the deal as president.

The candidates also battled on positions on ISIS.

"President Obama and Secretary Clinton created a vacuum the way they got out of Iraq," Trump said. "They shouldn't have been in, but once they got in, the way they got out was a disaster and ISIS was formed."

"Donald supported the invasion of Iraq," Clinton responded.

"Wrong," Trump said.

"That is absolutely proven over and over again," Clinton said.

"Wrong," Trump responded. "Wrong."

News 3 finds Clinton is right here. It's true that Trump supported the invasion of Iraq. He said as much on "The Howard Stern Show" in 2002. When asked directly if he was for invading Iraq, then he said, "I guess so."

The presidential candidates will face off again for their second of three debates on Oct. 9 in St. Louis.

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