September 5th, 2012
12:15 AM ET

CNN Reality Check: Obama created 4.5 million jobs?

CNN's Erin Burnett and Tom Foreman fact check the Obama team's claim that President Barack Obama created 4.5 million jobs in his first term.

CNN Fact Check: About those 4.5 million jobs ...

Anyone watching the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night heard the number 4.5 million several times.

"Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action, and now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs," San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the party's keynote speaker, said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who followed Obama's November rival Mitt Romney as governor of Massachusetts, both cited the same number.

It's a big-sounding number, given the still-sputtering job market. So we're giving it a close eyeballing.


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  1. Greg Louderback

    When are going to finish blog question of CNN Reality Check:Obama Created 4.5 Million Jobs? Which is misleading to say the least in favor of the GOP. Here I thought you had ethics as a journalist by not picking a political side.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply

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