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Fact-checking Pete Buttigieg’s Fox News town hall in Des Moines, Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he’s not too young to be the president and actually is the Democrat best positioned to reach out to a broad swath of Americans. “I don’t think you have to be Democrat to see what is wrong with this president and this presidency,” Buttigieg said, speaking to a Fox News town hall audience of about 430 on Jan. 26.

Fact-checking Elizabeth Warren in Davenport, Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for “big structural change” to help average Americans, rather than the richest and most powerful, in a town hall at a middle school in this Mississippi River city. “If we want a country that doesn’t just work for the rich and the powerful … we aren’t going to be able to fix this with a nibble here and a little change there,” she told the crowd of about 400 in the gym of Sudlow Intermediate School. “It’s going to take big structural change, and I’ve got a plan for that.

We fact-checked the Democrats' closing push in Iowa before the caucuses

We're in Iowa! PolitiFact sent a team of reporters to the Hawkeye State to fact-check campaign events of Democratic presidential candidates ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses.  We'll add stories and fact-checks to this page. Follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts (@politifact) as our engagement editor takes you behind the scenes. Want more? Get a sense of their campaign messaging in our stump speech analyzers for Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. Joe Biden  The former vice president appeared in Ankeny, a suburb of Des Moines, Jan.

Fact-checking Joe Biden in Ankeny, Iowa

ANKENY, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden ignored his Democratic rivals and focused extensively on attacking President Donald Trump at a campaign event, saying Trump is “a commander-in-chief who has no notion — none — of what it takes to lead.” Biden mocked Trump for saying he was the one who protected pre-existing conditions and portrayed Trump as a divider who has bashed the press and Congress. In the 2020 election, Biden said, “the character of the country is on the ballot. The character of our candidates is on the ballot.” Biden’s Jan.

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders in Ames, Iowa

AMES, Iowa — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called for a systematic change in the economy, health care, criminal justice, and the environment during 45 minutes of remarks to an overflow crowd near the campus of Iowa State University. “We not just fighting to win an election — we are fighting to build a movement,” Sanders said Jan. 25. How was he on his facts? PolitiFact is traveling through Iowa in the run-up to the Feb. 3 caucuses this week fact-checking statements made by the Democratic caucus candidates.

Fact-checking Andrew Yang in Muscatine, Iowa

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Demcratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang promoted his ideas for rebuilding the American economy in a Jan. 23 town hall here at Muscatine Community College, including his proposal to give Americans $1,000 a month in “universal basic income.” With less than two weeks to go before the Iowa caucus, Yang spoke to about 60 people in the college’s student center, with the 45-minute event split almost equally between a stump speech and a question-and-answer session.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s new video listing presidential achievements

A new White House video lauds President Donald Trump for accomplishments he’s made during his time in office — and one of Trump’s favorite TV hosts took notice. The video opens with a clip from Trump’s 2017 inauguration address before flashing a montage of photos overlaid with words describing his achievements as president. It caught the eye of Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity, who aired it Jan. 22 on his primetime show. “Everything in there is true,” Hannity said. “The ‘Do Nothing Democrats’ have done nothing.

The Stump Speech Analyzer: Amy Klobuchar

Editor’s note: PolitiFact is analyzing the Democratic presidential candidates’ stump speeches. Following our summary of the speech’s main themes, we present fact-checks of specific talking points. Read other stump speech analyzers for Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.  The stump speech: Klobuchar’s 49-minute speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Jan. 3, 2020 Amy Klobuchar spent a lot of time describing how President Donald Trump has failed average Americans.

The Stump Speech Analyzer: Elizabeth Warren

Editor’s note: PolitiFact is analyzing the Democratic presidential candidates’ stump speeches. Following our summary of the speech’s main themes, we present fact-checks of specific talking points. Read other stump speech analyzers for Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders. The stump speech: Warren’s 44-minute speech in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan.

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