Checking Cornyn’s Numbers Versus Context
Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn recently floated an “inconvenient factoid” about Democrats and debt. KUT’s Emily Donahue fact-checks the statement with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas. Cornyn posted on his Facebook page: “When Ds controlled Congress and WH: federal spending as a share of GDP leapt from 18.2 percent in 2001 to 25.2 percent in 2009 (this was the largest such increase in ANY 8 year period since WWII).”
On those numbers, yes, but we realized that he went off the map a bit by also saying that Democrats controlled Congress and the White House for all those years.