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FACT CHECK: Hochul and Collins Debate

4:27 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Both candidates in the 27th District Congressional Race were loose with some of the facts in their first debate.

2 On Your Side determined two of their claims were false.

The first came from Democrat Kathy Hochul.

"You gave pink slips to 115 people," Hochul said to Collins. She was referring to Collins' company called Niagara Ceramics.

Back in 2004, it was called Buffalo China. It closed due to financial problems, meaning about 325 workers lost their jobs. Collins and his business partners then bought the company and hired back 210 workers, according to WGRZ's archives as well as articles from the Buffalo News.

So 115 people did lose their jobs, but they were fired by the old owners and not by Collins.

The Republican also made a false statement. It came during his critique of health care reform, also known as "Obamacare."

"It's a $500 billion tax increase on middle class Americans," Collins said.

In fact, it's not a half trillion dollar tax increase on the middle class. As the non-partisan PolitiFact put it, "Most of those tax increases are on the wealthy and the health-care industry -- not the middle class."

You can watch the entire debate by clicking here and see more of our Truth Test in the video player with this story.

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