Fact checks and spell checks: Presidential hopefuls' recent goofs and gaffes

An impersonator of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen next to a poster depicting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada February 22, 2016. © Jim Young
With the 2016 primary season revving into high gear, there's a lot at stake for presidential hopefuls from both parties. As tension mounts, mistakes are bound to be made. Again and again and again.

Tusla and Oaklahoma City, OK

Donald Trump has frequently complained about the Common Core and the American education system. However, it might be in his best interest to make sure his campaign’s spell check is on when he does so. A recent photo on Facebook read “Stand with Trump Oaklahoma City, OK 02.26.16.” The offending image has since been removed, but it is not the first time his social media team has struggled with Oklahoma’s city names. Last month, media badges for his rally were made for “Tusla” and not Tulsa, where they actually took place. 

Communication breakdown

Ted Cruz’s direct of communications, Rick Tyler, distributed a video that insinuated that Marco Rubio had insulted the Bible. With the Evangelical vote being of utmost importance to the Republican caucuses, this video could have torpedoed Rubio’s campaign. If it had happened. Cruz’s campaign release a video the claims Marco Rubio walked past Cruz’s father and a Cruz aide as they were reading a Bible and said, “Got a good book there, not many answers in it.” For anyone that couldn’t hear the actual line, the video even included a subtitle with that line. Unfortunately for Cruz, all he had was a clip of Rubio saying “Got a good book there, all the answers are in there.”

The Constitution of Independence

While voicing her support for gun control, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton made a comment that some think should get her Yale law degree revoked. On Wednesday, Clinton sat down with Steve Harvey and explained, “We have to say to the gun lobby, ‘You know what, there is a Constitutional right for people to own guns.” So far so good, then she added “but there is also a Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that enables us to have a safe country to protect our children from their senseless gun violence.” Steve Harvey did not correct her mistake because he is the last person to bring attention to a public gaffe.

CPAC doesn’t accept Rubio’s “maybe” RSPV

The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is something of a who’s who for Republican presidential candidates. However, Marco Rubio has not confirmed that he will be attending the event in March. The American Conservative Union, the people responsible for the CPAC, has said “Rubio campaign informed ACU’s chairman that their candidate is unwilling to make time to meet with activists and answer their questions at CPAC 2016.” The ACU released a statement saying that Ronald Reagan attended CPAC 13 times and called Rubio’s tentative response a “rookie mistake.”

Ben Carson's big bucks

Ben Carson’s campaign raised more money than any of his rivals, thanks to aggressive fundraising. In fact, he has raised at least $30.8 million.

However, he does not have a lot to show for it and knows it. On the CNN Newsroom, the Republican hopeful said “We had people who didn't really seem to understand finances," adding "or maybe they did—maybe they were doing it on purpose." Carson may have been making a joke, but acknowledging that his campaign’s finances are in shambles does little for voter confidence.

Sander’s Latino victory

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders lost Nevada to Hillary Clinton by a slim margin on Saturday. The Vermont Senator brushed off the loss, saying "I believe we won the Latino vote, which is a huge, huge way forward for us.” That’s true, if you look at the entrance polling data from Nevada’s caucus. However, Clinton actually won areas with heavy Hispanic populations. Como se dice, “curious data”?

Sarah Palin’s knowledge of Gandhi is questionable

Half-term governor of Alaska, former Republican vice presidential candidate and brief reality-TV personality Sarah Palin recently announced her support for Donald Trump. To help generate support, she took to her Facebook page and posted an image of Trump with a quote reading “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Palin attributed that quote to noted anti-materialism civil rights activist Mohandas Gandhi. The problems with comparing Gandhi to the man also known as The Donald are many, but it’s worth noting that there is no evidence Gandhi ever said that at all.

'Leightweight chocker'

In a rant on Twitter after Thursday's Republican debate, Donald Trump levied a series of misspelled insults at fellow GOP candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The billionaire businessman later deleted the error-filled tweets, but not before the Twitterverse took screenshots of the mistakes, which included calling the Florida senator a "leightweight chocker." Trump also said it was a great "honer" that every poll said he won the debate.