Fact checking: Presidential candidates hurl accusations

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrive before the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

U.S. (KXAN) —  Both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, spent Sunday night questioning each other’s records while defending their own character and careers.

But how true are their claims?

As anticipated, the second presidential debate was filled with tension and bitterness; also quite a bit of anger. A CNN instant poll is showing Clinton as the winner with 57 percent. She also won the first debate with 62 percent.

Hacking in Russia

Starting with Trump, here is what he said about hacking in Russia.

Trump: “But they always blame Russia. And the reason they blame Russia because they think they’re trying to tarnish me with Russia. I know nothing about Russia. I know — I know about Russia, but I know nothing about the inner workings of Russia. I don’t deal there. I have no businesses there. I have no loans from Russia.”

We will never know the full range of facts and figures about Trump’s private business dealings across the globe, but there is some evidence that the businessman has done work in Russia. The Washington Post reports that at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, Donald Trump Jr. said that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

Trump also brought his Miss Universe pageant to Moscow.

Tax Plan

As for Hillary Clinton, she made a comment last night about Trump’s tax plan saying the wealthy would really benefit from it. She is correct that the wealthy would be the biggest winners under Trump’s plan.

The top one percent of earners would see their after-tax incomes climb as much as 19.9 percent, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation. The middle class would only see, at most, a 9 percent increase.

Obama birth rumor

Trump claimed Clinton’s 2008 campaign started the rumor President Obama was born outside the United States.

Trump: “You really owe him an apology. You’re the one who sent the pictures around. Your campaign sent the pictures around of President Obama in a certain garb. That was long before I was ever involved. So you are the one who actually owes an apology.”

His statement is mostly not true. While a few Clinton supporters questioned where Obama was born, the official Clinton campaign did not start the “birther movement.”

Assad regime in Syria

Clinton defended herself saying she was not in office when President Obama said he would not tolerate the Assad regime in Syria using chemical weapons against his own people.

Trump: “Well she was there as Secretary of State with the so called “line in the sand which…”

Clinton: “No I wasn’t. I was gone. I hate to interrupt you but…”

Trump: “But you were in contact with White House.”

Clinton: “At some point we need to do some fact checking here.”

We found that statement misleading. President Obama made those comments in 2012 when she was Secretary of State. Clinton left the state department in 2013. Syrian President Assad is accused of using chemical weapons later that year.

The third and final presidential debate is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. The last debate is five days before the start of early voting in Texas, which is Oct. 24.

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