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Double Check: Democratic National Convention 2020 - Day 2 Recap

Double Check: Democratic National Convention 2020 - Day 2 Recap

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Here is Logically’s round up of fact checks from yesterday’s political events:

 

 

Kamala Harris is the most left wing senator.

 

Misleading 

 

While Harris was dubbed as the most liberal senator in 2019, a holistic view of her career suggests that other senators were more liberal at times. In 2019, GovTrack, a non-partisan organization that tracks bills in Congress, ranked Harris as most liberal compared to all senators. One measure the organization uses is comparing how many bipartisan bills each senator co-sponsors to how many bills they co-sponsored in total. Harris had the lowest at 15% in 2019. GovTrack's founder, however, acknowledged in a comment to the Washington Post that a single figure is not sufficient to provide a holistic picture.

 

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Cindy McCain and Colin Powell endorsed Joe Biden.

 

Partly True

 

During Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, Cindy McCain, wife of the late Sen. John McCain, spoke about her deceased husband's 'unlikely friendship' with Democratic Joe Biden, praising the presidential nominee without explicitly endorsing him. Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who served as Secretary of State to President George W. Bush, endorsed former vice president, Joe Biden in a video message.

 

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The Democratic Party dropped a demand to end fossil fuel subsidies from the platform.

 

True

 

HuffPost uncovered that the Democratic Party dropped language calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks from its party platform. HuffPost reached out to a DNC spokesperson who said the amendment was incorrectly included in the Manager's Mark and had been taken out after the error had been discovered. This omission is problematic, however, because of the stance Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took on fossil fuels during democratic debates. During the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate, Joe Biden said he would not allow more subsidies for the fossil fuel industries. In the Climate Plan outlined on JoeBiden.com, it is clearly stated that Biden wants to end subsidies for fossil fuels. 



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Only 56% of Democrats wanted to hear Bill Clinton speak at the Democratic National Convention.

 

True

 

According to the CBS News Battleground Tracker (August 12-14 2020) survey, 56% of the Democrat survey responders said they would like to hear Bill Clinton speak at the Democratic National Convention while 44% expressed they were not keen on listening to the former president. The report stated that the survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 2,210 U.S. registered voters interviewed online between August 12-14, 2020.

 

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When Obama and Biden started in 2009, the US economy was at its worst since the Great Depression.

 

True

 

The Great Recession that began in 2007 and lasted till June 2009 was the worst financial crisis in the United States since the 1929 Depression. The subprime mortgage crisis was the trigger that created a global bank credit crisis in 2007. By 2008, the credit crisis had spread to the general economy through the widespread use of derivatives in the United States.

Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 47th Vice President of the United States on the same day. 

 

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Joe Biden helped save 1.5 million automobile industry jobs.

 

Partly True

 

Michigan State Rep. Mari Manoogian praised Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention and said that Biden helped rescue the auto industry after the Great Recession and helped save 1.5 million automobile industry jobs. While 1.5 million jobs were created in the auto industry under the Obama administration, the effort began under the administration of George Bush.

 

Efforts to save the auto industry began on December 19, 2008, when President George W. Bush announced that his administration would provide General Motors (GM) and Chrysler with $13.4 billion in loans under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, with another $4 billion to GM to come once Congress approved releasing the second half of the TARP money. The condition placed in front of them, however, was that automakers had to come up with a long-term viability plan by March 31, 2009.

 

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The U.S. unemployment rate tripled during Trump’s presidency.

 

True

 

On Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton said that the unemployment rate in the U.S has tripled. Indeed, the unemployment rates listed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show the U.S. jobless rate nearly tripling between January and the most recent month on record. 

 

The OECD Employment Outlook 2020 released in July notes that the U.S. has had a far higher unemployment rate during the COVID-19 pandemic than other OECD countries. However, the difference in rates is due to the fundamental differences in countries’ policies and how each country was affected differently by the crisis. The United States is strongly relying on unemployment insurance benefits to secure the income of workers who lost their jobs, even in the case of a temporary crisis. However, other OECD countries are relying on job retention schemes, which allow companies to cut hours of work, or even halt work entirely while keeping their workers attached.

 

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The U.S. has 4% of the world's population but 25% of the world's COVID-19 cases.

 

True

 

In the first half of 2020, SARS‑CoV‑2—the new coronavirus behind the disease COVID‑19—infected 10 million people worldwide and killed about half a million. Out of the total 22,186,759 cases of Covid-19 as of August 19, 2020, the U.S. has reported 5,487,837 cases or 25% of total cases of Covid-19. The States has just 4 percent of the world's population, but a quarter of the world's confirmed COVID‑19 cases.

 

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'Broadband for All' is a part of the Democratic Party platform.

 

True

 

A nationwide access to the internet is discussed widely in the Democratic Party platform. Biden wants to invest $20b in getting broadband access to those without it. In their party platform, the Democrats wrote that the internet is now a vital tool for receiving an education and participating in the economy and that all Americans need and should have access to high-speed, affordable broadband service. 

 

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