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Fact checking the final presidential debate: Who was more truthful?


As always, both candidates were, at least to some extent, less than entirely honest with the facts. TheBlaze staff dug in to some of the more sensational claims made by both candidates last night to determine whether they were true, false, or misleading.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debate during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made a number of claims during Wednesday night's presidential debate in Las Vegas. As always, both candidates were — at least to some extent — less than entirely honest with the facts. TheBlaze staff dug in to some of the more sensational claims made by both candidates to determine whether they were true, false or misleading. Check out the results:

Claims made by Republican Donald Trump

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State Department funds

“Just like when you ran the State Department, $6 billion was missing. How do you miss $6 billion? You ran the State Department, $6 billion was either stolen — they don't know. It's gone, $6 billion. If you become president, this country is going to be in some mess. Believe me.”


EXPLANATION: According to the Washington Post, paperwork went missing at the State Department — not the money itself.

In 2014, the State Department issued an alert about "contracts with a total value of more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all."

Additionally, many of the contracts in question predated Clinton’s tenure at the State Department.


NAFTA & Jobs

"Our jobs are being taken out by the deal that her husband signed. NAFTA. One of the worst deals ever. The jobs are being sucked out of our economy."

RATING: Ambiguous

EXPLANATION: This has been a hotly debated issue for years, with multiple factors involved. According to Forbes, "The record shows that trade agreements like NAFTA were launched with an explicit promise of creating jobs. Instead hundreds of thousands of jobs evaporated."

But PolitFact — pushing back against former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' claim that NAFTA has cost 800,000 U.S. jobs — maintained that "many other nonpartisan reports found that the trade deal produced neither significant job losses nor job gains." For this reason, this claim is rated as "ambiguous."


Deportation numbers under Obama

"President Obama has moved millions of people out. Nobody knows about it, nobody talks about it, but under Obama, millions of people have been moved out of this country, they’ve been deported. She does want to say that, but that's what happened."


EXPLANATION: The pace of deportations has, in fact, rapidly increased under Obama. By the close of 2015, Obama had deported more people (about 2.5 million) than any other president in U.S. history, according to DHS statistics. The Obama administration has drastically decreased the pace of deportations this year, in a move that some have claimed is a political gambit designed to help Hillary Clinton; however, it seems likely that close to 3 million people will end up being deported during Obama's presidency. For this reason, Trump's claim is rated true.


Trump Foundation finances

"I'd like to mention one thing. Trump Foundation, small foundation. People contribute, I contribute. The money goes 100 percent — 100 percent goes to different charities, including a lot of military. I don't get anything. I don't buy boats. I don't buy planes. What happens — the money goes to them."

RATING: Mostly false

EXPLANATION: As the Washington Post reported earlier this year, Trump spent $12,000 at a charity event to purchase a Denver Broncos football helmet signed by former quarterback Tim Tebow. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the nonprofit organization that hosted the event in Palm Beach, Florida, reportedly received payment for the helmet in the form of a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The Post also reported that at another event, Trump spent $20,000 from his charity to buy a 6-foot tall portrait of himself.

Of course, it's possible the billionaire business mogul moved the funds from one of his own personal accounts to his foundation to pay for the helmet, but there's no way of knowing that for sure since he hasn't released his tax returns. For this reason, Trump’s claim is mostly false.


Chicago gun violence

"In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city. So we have the toughest laws, and you have tremendous gun violence."

RATING: Mostly true

EXPLANATION: The city of Chicago has long been plagued by gun violence and is reportedly on pace in 2016 to sustain more than 600 homicides in a single year for the first time since 2003. In 2015, Chicago was reported to have the highest violent crime rate of any U.S. city, with 884.26 violent crimes per capita. It is true that Chicago's gun laws are stricter than most, but many of the guns that end up being used in crimes in Chicago came from nearby states like Indiana, where gun restrictions are much more lax. According to the Chicago Police Department, 60 pecrent of guns recovered at crime scenes from 2009 to 2013 were bought outside of Illinois. For this reason, Trump's claim is mostly true.


Claims made by Democrat Hillary Clinton

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Budget deficit

"I also will not add a penny to the debt. I have costed out what I'm going to do."

RATING: Mostly false

EXPLANATION: Nonpartisan analysts who have examined the promises made by Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail have calculated that Hillary will add to both the national deficit and the national debt. For example, the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which rates Clinton's plan as being much closer to deficit neutral than Trump's, still projects that Clinton's plans would add about $200 billion to the national debt. Forecasting the economic effects of tax plans is a notoriously tricky business, which is why estimates of the budgetary impacts of Trump's tax cut plan vary widely; however, no nonpartisan assessment of Hillary Clinton's campaign promises and plans has concluded that her plans would be truly revenue neutral. For this reason, her claim is rated mostly false.


Second Amendment & Heller decision

"You mentioned the Heller decision. And what I was saying, that you referenced, Chris, was that I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case, because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns, and so they wanted people with guns to safely store them. And the court didn't accept that reasonable regulation, but they've accepted many others. So I see no conflict between saving people's lives and defending the Second Amendment."

RATING: Misleading

EXPLANATION: Clinton said at a private fundraiser in New York late last year that the Supreme Court is "wrong on the Second Amendment," seemingly referring to the 2008 Heller case, which upheld a citizen's basic constitutional right to own a gun. In the same speech, Clinton called for reinstating the 1994 so-called assault weapons ban, which was signed by her husband.  President George W. Bush allowed the ban to expire in 2004.

But when asked specifically by Fox News' Chris Wallace in July about whether she wanted to see the Heller case overturned, Clinton responded, "No, I don't." The two statements seem to contradict one another. For this reason, Clinton's statements are misleading.


Trump response to sexual assault accusers

Trump's response to women who accused him of making unwanted sexual contact was to say at "a number of big rallies" that "he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough for them to be assaulted."

RATING: Mostly true

EXPLANATION: During the debate, Trump responded, "I did not say that." And he didn't — not in those words, anyway. But in typical Trump fashion, he implied it. When discussing allegations made by a female journalist for People magazine at an event in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said: "You take a look: Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don't think so."

About a woman who claimed he groped her on an airplane in the early 1980s, Trump said at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina: "Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you. Man, you don't know. That would not be my first choice."


Trump's deportation plans

"He said as recently as a few weeks ago in Phoenix that every undocumented person would be subject to deportation."


EXPLANATION: The Trump campaign has attempted to claim that Trump was only referring to illegal immigrants with criminal records in this speech. While Trump frequently referred to deporting criminals illegally in the U.S. during his Aug. 31 speech in Phoenix, he did say this:

Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise, we don’t have a country. Our enforcement priorities will include removing criminals, gang members, security threats, visa overstays, public charges. That is those relying on public welfare or straining the safety net along with millions of recent illegal arrivals and overstays who’ve come here under this current corrupt administration.

For this reason, Clinton's claim is rated as "true."


Late-term abortion

Clinton claimed that Trump’s depiction of a late-term abortion is “not what happens in these cases.”

During the debate, Trump said, “If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.”

“Now, you can say that that's OK, and Hillary can say that that's OK. But it's not OK with me, because based on what she's saying and based on where she's going and where she's been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day,” he added. “And that's not acceptable.”

Clinton replied that, “Well, that is not what happens in these cases. And using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate.”


EXPLANATION: Although the vast majority of abortion procedures in the United States take place prior to 24 weeks gestation, there are late-term abortion procedures that can be described by the stark language Trump used, such as the “dilation and evacuation” method, in which the baby’s body is dismembered as it is removed from the womb.

While Clinton acknowledged that Roe v. Wade stipulates there can be regulations on abortion as long as the life and health of the mother are taken into account, she did not specify what restrictions she would support — if any.

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