Campaign Watch: FactCheck.org, SciCheck Monitor Candidates’ Claims

With a flurry of candidates entering the 2016 presidential race, FactCheck.org and its science feature, SciCheck, are examining the campaigners’ recent statements and past claims. FactCheck.org has scrutinized or revisited claims made by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; former Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; former New York Gov. George Pataki; former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; and real estate developer Donald Trump.

In recent science-related posts, SciCheck has examined whether the EPA has proposed to regulate backyard grills, as a Republican congressman has claimed; cleared up misleading claims on both sides about a recent EPA study on fracking, as well as statements made by Gov. Christie on marijuana as a “gateway drug”; House Republicans on whether a 20-week-old fetus can feel pain; President Obama on whether 2014 was the “warmest year on record”; and Sen. Cruz on the Endangered Species Act.

SciCheck, funded by the Stanton Foundation, is part of a broader effort by the Annenberg Public Policy Center to study the science of science communication and ways that science can be communicated more effectively to the public.

SciCHECKsquare_500X450Recent posts by FactCheck.org and its SciCheck feature include:

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