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Fact-checking Clinton's Acceptance Speech

  • Chris Hannas

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Hillary Clinton gave a speech Thursday night at the Democratic Convention that included a list of achievements during U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, her own policy proposals and criticisms of some put for by Republican candidate Donald Trump.

As with many political addresses, including Trump's at the Republican convention last week, the statements do not always stand up to criticism and need at least some correction.

Here are some statements from the Clinton speech along with some fact-checking:

Clinton: "Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all."

Facts: Students from families that make less than $125,000 per year would not pay tuition at in-state, public colleges or universities, but that would not cover room and board costs, which run thousands of dollars each year.

Clinton: "We will not ban a religion."

Facts: Trump has never proposed banning Islam in the U.S. Clinton's comment references Donald Trump's proposals targeting Muslims, which have included banning Muslims from entering the country and more recently banning or subjecting to "extreme vetting" people who come from countries with a history of terrorism. He has also proposed conducting surveillance on mosques.

Clinton: "When more than 90 percent of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, that's where the money is."

Facts: Clinton and especially her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders have made a priority of addressing economic inequality with comments that frequently refer to the economic elite as the "1 percent." Emmanuel Saez, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley has published data showing income growth has extended to more of the economic spectrum recently with 52 percent of gains between 2009 and 2015 going to the top 1 percent.

Clinton: "Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again -- well, he could start by actually making things in America again."

Facts: Trump's campaign slogan is "Make America Great Again" and in part speaks to his criticism of companies that move some or all of their operations from the United States to another country where labor costs are cheaper. Clinton mentioned suits made in Mexico, furniture made in Turkey and picture frames made in India. Trump's companies do manufacture goods at facilities in those countries, but other products are made in the United States.

Clinton: "Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs."

Facts: Clinton is touting the record of Obama, who came into office in 2009 as the nation and the world dealt with a massive economic crisis. The U.S. economy did add about 15 million jobs from its height of unemployment in early 2010, but the Obama administration was already a year old at that point and had suffered jobs losses during that time. Since Obama took office, the economy added about 10.5 million jobs.

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