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Fact Check: Matheson-Love Debate
First Published Sep 28 2012 11:56 am • Last Updated Sep 28 2012 05:45 pm

The storyline of the second debate between Jim Matheson and Mia Love was much the same as the first, with the candidates now settling into established campaign narratives. Here is the synopsis in their own words.

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Matheson: "My opponent has policies and her record of raising taxes, taking away student loans from students, having less cops on the street that are reckless and dangerous for Utahns."

And Love: "I believe we’re one election away from losing our freedoms. We have $16 trillion in debt. Deficit spending that is out of control. A president who says everything leads to central government, tax more, regulate more and my opponent is supporting that president."

The leading claim from Love supporting that assertion is that Matheson, she says, supported Obamacare.

So let’s break it down.


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We covered the issues of taxes here but the issue of Love’s proposed budget cuts — which we wrote about in July — has been central to Matheson’s criticism of Love.

Matheson’s claims about her proposed cuts come from just a few of the proposals in a mailer she sent to voters before the Republican convention. Love said Thursday night that the list of cuts was just a proposal to begin discussion.

Looking at her mailer, it is true that Love says that it is her "initial plan to cut federal spending immediately."

She goes on to say: "It isn’t the final solution — much more will need to be done — but it’s a bold first step to stop the flood of wasteful spending."

What more needs to be done?

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