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Factchecking and Live-Tweeting the Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Sep 12, 2019

Tonight's Democratic presidential primary debate marks the third round of debates of the 2020 campaign and will surely touch on fiscal issues.

Through our US Budget Watch 2020 project, we will factcheck candidates' claims and estimate the fiscal costs of their proposals. During the 2016 campaign cycle – through our Fiscal FactChecks and signature report Promises and Price Tags – we tallied the cost of every significant proposal from the major presidential candidates.

Today, we released our first US Budget Watch paper analyzing the fiscal challenges the President will face over the next decade. This includes record debt levels, the end of discretionary spending caps, expiration of many provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), and insolvency of major trust funds. 

During the debate, we'll be factchecking the budget-related claims at our Fiscal FactCheck page and live-tweeting using the Twitter handle @BudgetHawks. You can check out a live Twitter feed below:

Tonight, we will be live on social media offering our expert analysis for why the candidates’ claims are (or are not) true. Follow us on our Fiscal FactCheck page and on Twitter and Facebook. If you believe that we have overlooked a particular claim that should be addressed, contact us and we will do our best to run the claim through our Fiscal FactCheck.