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FactCheck: Yes, 3.7M women became impoverished since 2008

Attacking Pres. Obama's economic record, Cruz cited statistics showing conditions worsening for women under Obama's tenure: "Under Barack Obama, 3.7 million women have entered poverty. Under Barack Obama and the big government economy, the median wage for women has dropped $733," Cruz said.

A review of Census data indicates that Cruz is utilizing figures from 2011 & 2012. Cruz is right that between 2008 & 2012, 3.7 million women fell below the poverty line. He's also correct that in 2011, the median income for women is $732 less than it was in 2008. Even using updated figures, Cruz's assertion that women's income has fallen holds up. The median income for women in 2014 was still lower than it was in 2008.

Underlying Cruz's claim is that Obama's economic policies led to the drop in incomes, an assertion that's difficult to back up given the financial crisis predated Obama's inauguration. But he's accurate that based on the numbers, women's median incomes are worse off than they were in 2008.

Source: CBS4indy.com FactCheck on GOP 2015 CNBC debate , Oct 28, 2015

Government checks create dependency

Government is not the answer. You are not doing anyone a favor by creating dependency, destroying individual responsibility. 55 years ago, when my dad was a penniless teenage immigrant, thank God some well-meaning bureaucrat didn't put his arm around him and say let me take care of you. Let me give you a government check and make you dependent on government. And by the way, don't bother learning English. That would have been the most destructive thing anyone could have done.

Instead, my parents worked together to start a small business, to provide for their family and to chart their own future. That's the American dream.

To restore America, to get Americans back to work, we must rein in the leviathan. We must stop spending money we don't have and turn around our crushing debt. Each of you comprises the fabric of our nation. Together, we must revive our many-century love story with liberty and restore that shining City on a Hill that is America.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech , Aug 28, 2012

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