. . . a little truth and accuracy . . .
Vice President Mike Pence claimed President Trump "suspended all travel from China" in response to the coronavirus pandemic. . . This is false. While Trump did restrict travel from China, his policy was not an actual "ban": It made exemptions for travel by US citizens, permanent residents, many of the family members of both groups and some others. . . The New York Times reported in April that nearly 40,000 people had flown to the US from China since the restrictions went into effect in early February.
“Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for Communist China through over the last several decades.” (according to Mike Pence). . . For weeks in the early stages of the crisis, Trump repeated assurances that China had the virus under control — at a time when he was most concerned about keeping intact a trade deal with Beijing. (Former national security adviser John Bolton has alleged that Trump pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy enough products to ensure his reelection.)
“When Joe Biden was vice president, we lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs.” (Mike Pence) . . . Pence’s statistic depends on some sleight of hand. Obama took office in the midst of the Great Recession, and thus so many jobs were being lost every month that it makes a difference on whether you start counting the start of the term in January or February. . . At The Fact Checker, we are dubious about the practice of measuring job growth by presidential term. Presidents do not create jobs; companies and consumers do. This huge difference because of a one-month shift simply shows how mindless and arbitrary this game can be.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently talk about mandates, not just mandates with the coronavirus, but a government takeover of health. ... Green New Deal, all government control.” (Mike Pence). . . The Trump campaign for months has claimed falsely that Biden’s campaign platform is a mirror image of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s. That’s simply false. Keep in mind: Biden prevailed in the Democratic primary by running as a moderate alternative to Sanders’s far-reaching liberal platform. . . Biden has never supported the Green New Deal, which is a nonbinding resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats that calls for cutting carbon emissions to net-zero over 10 years while making steep investments in green infrastructure. . . Harris was an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal resolution in the Senate, as Pence said later in the debate, and has since introduced more climate legislation with Ocasio-Cortez.
Harris looked into the camera, addressing Americans directly: “If you have a preexisting condition, heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, they’re coming for you if you love someone who has a preexisting condition.”. . . “Senator Harris, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts,” Pence said before changing topics. . . The Trump administration is currently defending a lawsuit to dismantle the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, which would mean all of its components, including protections for preexisting conditions, without releasing a plan to keep that piece in place.
“[We] secured 4 trillion dollars in the Congress of the United States to give direct payments to families, saved 50 million jobs through the Paycheck Protection Program.” (Mike Pence) . . . This is a dubious number cooked up by the Trump administration. In fact, officials told Reuters that the number referred not to jobs saved, but the total number of workers reported by businesses approved for a loan under the program. . . “The PPP likely did not save 51 million jobs, or anywhere close to it,” Reuters concluded after interviews with economists and an analysis of the program’s data. “Half a dozen economists put the number of jobs saved by the initiative at only a fraction of 51 million — ranging between one million and 14 million.”
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