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PolitiFact examines Hillary Clinton's statements

Posted at 4:40 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 17:40:48-05

Amid an Omaha campaign visit from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, KMTV’s partners at PolitiFact took a look at how she has scored during their fact checks.

PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter shows how she stands after examining 140 of her statements in recent years:

True: 28%
Mostly True: 23%
Half True: 21%
Mostly False: 16%
False: 11%
Pants on Fire: 1%

PolitiFact takes a closer look at two statements Clinton made this month.

In a post to her campaign website in early December, Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying, "Ted Cruz tried to ban contraception" five times.

While Sen. Cruz is a strong opponent of abortion, Clinton's campaign doesn't show how Cruz is trying to push across-the-board bans on contraception.

His support of a personhood amendment might ban certain types of contraception. Other examples are limited and deal with what employers would be required to pay for.

TRUTH-O-METER

The statement contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, so PolitiFact rates it “Mostly False.”

Last week, Clinton told ABC News that the Charleston, South Carolina, shooter "should have never been given a gun, but the universal background check was not fast enough." 

Dylann Roof admitted to a drug offense a few weeks before he tried to buy a gun, so the FBI said he should have been denied one.

However, it wasn't the three-day time limit by itself that undermined Roof's background check. There were clerical errors in the FBI's database that prevented the examiner from seeing Roof's drug admission.

TRUTH-O-METER

Clinton's characterization misses some important information about Roof's case. PolitiFact rates it “Mostly True.”

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