2016 Presidential Debate Fact Check

2016 Presidential Debate Fact Check

This year’s presidential election is lining up to be a tough one for the American electorate. There has never been candidates that have been more disliked by the American public than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. About 90 million Americans tuned into the first presidential debate in order to gather more information on who might win their vote. The debate shattered viewership records across the country but the big question is — did it sway you, the voter?


Both candidates made some very big claims against one another, but did they tell the truth? Below is a fact check of some of their comments concerning the economy in order to help you, the voter, stay informed.


Trump: “NAFTA is the worst trade deal ever signed by the U.S.”


Trump came out swinging, hitting Clinton for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump claimed that the trade agreement, which allowed companies to move manufacturing to Mexico without a tariff in order to save money, cost America millions of jobs. Clinton responded with the fact that the manufacturing sector saw an increase in jobs during the 1990s when NAFTA was signed. In the end, they are both right.


An independent study found that NAFTA lost 850,000 American manufacturing jobs. But Clinton is also right, as the American economy grew in the 1990s, including manufacturing.


Clinton: “My economic plan would add 10 million jobs while Trump’s would lose 3.5 million.”


Clinton seems to be referring to the work of Mark Zandi, an analyst for Moody’s. But the analyst himself says that this figure is misleading. The economy would grow by about 7.3 million jobs if Clinton did not do anything at all. So in reality, her plan may add up to 3 million jobs according to this analysis. And the attack on Trump is also false. The same analyst has said that a more accurate number for the jobs lost under Trump’s plan is 400,000.


While the point of Clinton’s statement is that she would create jobs and he would lose jobs is true, but the numbers she uses are false. You might want to mark this one down as an exaggeration.


Trump: “Millions of jobs are moving to Mexico.”


Trump leaned heavily on the economy because it works with his image as an American businessman. He claimed that millions of jobs are moving to Mexico, specifically manufacturing jobs from states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the six states that make up New England. He cited Carrier Air-conditioners as an example, moving thousands of jobs to Mexico in the next few months.


It turns out that Trump is right. America has lost more than 5 million manufacturing jobs due to a variety of reasons since 2000. But have they all moved to Mexico? Not exactly. Jobs have been lost to a variety of countries due to trade agreements and lower foreign wages.


Clinton: “I will not approve the TPP when President.”


The Trans Pacific Partnership is a trade pact with a multitude of Pacific ocean nations. Originally, Hillary Clinton stated that the TPP was the “gold standard” of trade deals. She has since retracted that statement after understanding the final agreement. She is now staunchly against the trade pact as she is convinced it will lose America more jobs. Her claim that she will not pass the TPP as president is true.

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