Live reblogging the Republican Debate

Mike Kimel to the blue courtesy phone

6:05 PM PT: Newt Gingrich begins by taking credit for creating 36 million jobs, 25 under Reagan, he says, 11 under Clinton.

My problem isn’t Newt claiming credit for everything good which happened before he resigned in disgrace, it’s the numbers. Employment increased by less than 17 million jobs during the Reagan Presidency. I call that pants on fire.

The number for Clinton is net employment increase during the overlap of Clinton and Gingrich’s terms of office in Washington (so the Reagan number isn’t some fraction of the gross flow). My guess is that he calculated starting at the trough of the recession (Republicans do that when the President in question isn’t named Obama).