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PolitiFact takes on Clint Eastwood ad, 'Obama phone' claims

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It's a familiar voice that Super PAC American Crossroads hopes will turn your head. But if you do, you need to listen carefully...

"We borrow $4 billion every single day, much of it from China," Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood claims in the pro-Mitt Romney campaign ad.

That's a lot of money, but is the claim true?  10 News turned to Aaron Sharockman with PolitiFact Florida for answers.

"About eight percent of the money we're borrowing actually comes from China," says Sharockman. "A lot of the debt comes from a lot of other places."

So while the "$4 billion a day" from China is for the most part correct, it's wrong to suggest that most of the money being borrowed is coming from China.

As a result, PolitiFact rated the claim HALF TRUE. 

Another statement that came out recently was from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

As he warmed up the crowd at a rally in Tampa, he said, "You don't have to offer them [voters] cell phones like they're [the Obama campaign is] doing."

Putnam was making a claim that President Obama's campaign was giving out free cell phones to his supporters.

It's not the first time such a claim has been batted about, but repeating such a statement doesn't make it true. And in this case, PolitiFact gives it their worst rating: PANTS ON FIRE.

"There is a federal program that gives some low income citizens a cell phone or access to a cell phone," explains Sharockman, "But it's a program that started way before Obama took office and has nothing to do with the campaign, [and] has nothing to do with the election."

Putnam learned his comments were wrong and quickly posted on his Facebook page, "About those cell phones: I'd heard about the YouTube video, wasn't aware it was disclaimed. Won't happen again."

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