WASHINGTON (AP) – This was not a Trump rally. Ten Democrats launched the presidential debate with a sober portrayal of politics that included some missteps in climate change, the economy, and more, but no whoppers.
The Democrats spoke Wednesday night and when they went astray and bolts whose claims are largely checked out. But not always.
A look at the rhetoric of the first debate with 10 other Democrats who took to the stage in Miami on Thursday:
JAY INSLEE, Governor of Washington: "We are the first generation of Democrats to feel the thorn climate change and we are the last to do anything about it. … It's our last chance in an administration to do something about it next. "
THE FACTS: Not quite. This response implies that after 2025 or 2029 it will be too late to fight or stem climate change if someone resigns in 2020.
The speech was from 2030, mainly because this is a key date in the Paris Climate Agreement. The report says global warming and its dangers are getting worse every half-degree Celsius and every year. It does not mean that it's too late at some point.
"The hotter it gets, the worse it gets, but there are no cliffs," said James Skea, co-chair of the report and professor of sustainable energy at Imperial College London, to The Associated Press.
The report's co-author, Swiss climate researcher Sonia I. Seneviratne, tweeted this month: "Many scientists rightly point out that we can not say with certainty that the climate would suddenly go insane in 1
BETO O'Rourke, referring to the international climate goal:" If we all do all we can, then we can prevent this planet from heating up another 2 degrees, and make sure that we live up to what this country can do, and keep our promise and potential. "
THE FACTS: O & Rourke gets the climate target wrong.
Since 2009, international summits and the Paris Climate Agreement have been leading the overarching goal of limiting climate change from pre-industrial times to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius. That's somewhere between 1850 and 1880, depending on who counts.
There is a big difference, since the Earth has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial times. So the world community speaks of 1 degree Celsius and O & Rourke speaks twice as much.
JULIAN CASTRO, former Federal Housing Secretary: "I would do different things right from the start With something we should have done a long time ago, namely the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment in this country , Continue to legislate so that women in this country receive equal pay for equal work. "
THE FACTS: It would have been over long, if that had not already happened. Since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, it has been illegal for men to pay more than women for the same job or vice versa. Despite the law, there are still differences.
TIM RYAN, US representative from Ohio: "The lower 60% have not seen any increase since 1980. The top 1% control 90% of the assets. "
THE FACTS: These figures exaggerate the state of income and wealth inequality. While few studies pick out the bottom 60%, the Congressional Budget Office expects that the bottom 80% of Americans have had an income increase of 32% since 1979. This is certainly lower than the doubling of income over which the top one-fifth of income earners earn. And the richest 1% owns 32% of national assets, not 90%, according to the Federal Reserve.
OUR ROURKE: "To explain an economy that is manipulated towards companies and the EU is very rich. A tax credit of $ 2 trillion that benefited corporations when they were sitting on record piles of cash in times of historical asset inequality and were the richest in the country. "
THE FACTS: The tax cut was not that big: The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates it will cut tax revenues by $ 1.5 trillion over the next ten years. And individuals, not corporations, will actually receive most of these cuts – they will receive $ 1.1 trillion, while companies will receive $ 654 billion, which will be offset by higher tax revenues from changes in international tax law: the top fifth Income recipients received 65% of tax cuts, with only 1% reaching the poorest fifth, according to the impartial Tax Policy Center.