After their much-anticipated first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, the two presidential nominees will be scrutinized by the press for how accurate they represented facts on Monday night. But Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton enters the debate with a clear edge over Republican nominee Donald Trump when it comes to honesty, according to research by Politifact.com.
In PolitiFact scorecards, Clinton's comments were 22 percent "true," 28 percent "mostly true," 22 percent "half true," 15 percent "mostly false," and 11 percent "false," and 2 percent "pants on fire."
Those numbers fare much better than Trump's scorecard, in which his comments were 4 percent "true," 11 percent "mostly true," 15 percent "half true," 17 percent "mostly false," 34 percent "false," and 18 percent "pants on fire."
Factcheck.org, a nonprofit website funded by the Annenberg Foundation, also offers a breakdown of both candidates' claims, and, again, Trump lags behind when it comes to telling the truth, but Clinton has also misrepresented Trump comments.
For example, Trump recently claimed Clinton “has no child care plan” and “never will," despite a Clinton plan that was unveiled in May, which seeks to cap day-care expense at 10 percent of a household’s income.
Clinton has misrepresented Trump, as well. In the "Commander-in-Chief" forum on NBC, Clinton claimed that Trump supports privatizing the Veterans Health Administration. Trump actually had said he supports allowing veterans to seek care at either public or private hospitals.
But Trump seems to do more talking than Clinton, and therefore is subjected to more opportunities to stretch the truth though his batting average is quite poor. According to a five-day analysis by Politico Magazine, "Trump averaged one falsehood every 3 minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks."
The publication also offered a harsh assessment in comparing Trump's claims and Clinton's claims. "The conclusion is inescapable: Trump’s mishandling of facts and propensity for exaggeration so greatly exceed Clinton’s as to make the comparison almost ludicrous," Politico wrote.