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Fact-checking last night's Presidential debate

Presidential debates round two - and both candidates took some verbal shots at each other, though neither seemed to land a knock-out blow. Senators John McCain and Barack Obama sparred on taxes, health care and foreign policy in Nashville, Tennessee last night. But were they completely honest when they challenged each other's stances on the issues?KLTV 7's Courtney Lane picked through the debate to see what added up and what didn't.

As in any political debate there were many accusations last night, and it's hard for many of us to know what to believe and what not to believe.

So, using Factcheck.org as a tool, I found some facts and fibs as well.

In Nashville last night, Senator Obama promised to save you on health care.

"We're going to work with your employer to lower the cost of your premiums by up to $2,500 a year."

But that is just wishful thinking, according to Factcheck.org. Health experts found little evidence those kinds of savings would be possible.

McCain also tried to give Americans some relief.

"I am in favor of...giving every American a $5,000 refundable tax credit."

But that's false.

McCain's plan would only give individuals half of that. 2,500 and 5,000 to families or couples.

And both played the blame game for the financial crisis. Obama says it was due to a lack of financial regulation republicans supported. McCain, on the other hand, blamed it on Democrats not wanting stricter regulation of federal mortgage agencies.

Factcheck.org says both were right.

With plenty of leftover blame to go around to both home buyers and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

There were more misleading statements from both sides. McCain, for instance, laying claim to a new proposal to rescue debt-stricken homeowners.

But in fact, Obama had already endorsed a similar plan weeks ago. Factcheck also points out that Obama contradicted his stance on nuclear energy.

If you'd like to do your own fact checking, please visit Factcheck.org for more.

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