Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
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Factchecking and Live-Tweeting the Presidential Debates

Sep 29, 2020

Tonight's presidential debate marks the first debate of the 2020 general election 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.

We have already released analyses of former Vice President Joe Biden's K-12 education, health care and tax plans, as well as a comparison of President Donald Trump's record to his 2016 campaign agenda. We plan to release a paper comparing the fiscal impact of President Trump's and Vice President Biden's full agendas soon. 

During the debate, we'll be factchecking any budget-related claims live-tweeting using the Twitter handle @BudgetHawks. If major claims arise, we will cover them on our Fiscal FactCheck page. 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 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.

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US Budget Watch 2020 is a project focused on the fiscal and budgetary impact of proposals put forward in the 2020 presidential election. You can click here to read the analyses, explainers, and fact checks we’ve produced to date. US Budget Watch 2020 is designed to inform the public and is not intended to express a view for or against any candidate or any specific policy proposal. Candidates’ proposals should be evaluated on a broad array of policy perspectives, including, but certainly not limited to, their approaches on deficits and debt.US Budget Watch 2020 is designed to inform the public and is not intended to express a view for or against any candidate or any specific policy proposal. Candidates’ proposals should be evaluated on a broad array of policy perspectives, including, but certainly not limited to, their approaches on deficits and debt.