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Fact-checking the Florida delegate convention speakers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Florida delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland kicked off their quadrennial confab with a breakfast featuring four speakers. PolitiFact took a look at some of their talking points.

Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, touted his state’s economy on his watch.

“I’ve been governor for 18 months,” he said. “We have a 3.8 percent unemployment rate, which is the lowest rate in the history of Arkansas.”

He’s correct. The state set a new record low for unemployment in March 2016 with 4.1 percent, breaking the previous mark set in 2000. The rate fell further, to 3.9 percent in April and 3.8 in May.

The biggest applause of the morning came for a remark by Karen Vaughn, senior military families adviser for Concerned Veterans for America and the mother of Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, who was killed in action in 2011.

Vaughn said her son didn’t give his life for the principles represented by Hillary Clinton. Clinton, she said, “stood over the bodies of four dead Americans and lied to their families.”

Keep reading Louis Jacobson's article from PolitiFact.

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