The big game this weekend is filled with food, football, and lively discussions with Republican family members about politics sometimes laced with statements that are just not true. Here are the most common myths spouted by your family and friends who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh and the perfect response to each of them.
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BUSH

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Jeb Bush knows what’s good for the economy.

Look, most economists say that Jeb Bush’s plan for getting 4% economic growth is pretty darn unlikely. And when he was governor of Florida, the state's economy grew on a housing bubble, then quickly collapsed when the bubble burst.

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Jeb Bush stands up for women.

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It’s unfair to tie Jeb Bush to his brother and father.

Except they share at least 19 foreign policy advisors! And just like his brother and father, Jeb Bush’s policies would wreck the economy, give massive tax breaks to the wealthy, and are out of step with the American people. Real commitment to conservative ideology is a classic Bush family play.

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ACA

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We should repeal Obamacare!

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans who were uninsured a few years ago have coverage today — that’s more than 17 million people. If the ACA were repealed, millions of Americans would lose access to quality, affordable health care. And none of the Republican candidates for president have a plan to solve that problem.

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Obamacare is a job-killer.

That's fundamentally not true. We've added about 14 million new jobs since the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land.

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CRUZ

Ted Cruz seems fiscally responsible.

Ted Cruz led the 2013 government shutdown that cost the US economy $24 billion. And he thought that turned out so well that he wanted to do it again over Planned Parenthood funding this year.

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All of Ted Cruz’s Senate experience has prepared him for the presidency.

We're talking about a guy who wants to close the Department of Education, calls Social Security a "Ponzi scheme,”and claims that supporters of gay marriage were waging “jihad” against opponents of marriage equality.

Ted Cruz’s parents are immigrants. Of course he supports immigration reform.

On immigration, Ted Cruz might as well be Donald Trump. He doesn’t support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and he wants to end the program that allows the children of undocumented immigrants born in the US to stay here, where they grew up.

Ted Cruz really just wants all Americans to get ahead.

No joke: Ted Cruz called the morning marriage equality became the law of the land "some of the darkest hours of our nation." Plus he co-sponsored legislation that would allow organizations to legally discriminate against same-sex couples.

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CLIMATE

Climate change is just a liberal scare tactic.

Why are conservatives more likely to believe that climate change is a conspiracy than to acknowledge what 97% of climate scientists — and the majority of Americans — believe? Climate change is real, and it's man made. The Republican presidential field is living in denial.

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The United States can't stay economically competitive if we address climate change.

Climate change itself is already taking a toll on our economy. In 2012 alone, climate and weather disasters cost the United States more than $100 billion, but despite that fact, not one GOP presidential candidate has a serious plan to stop it. Right now, other countries are making huge investments in research and development to confront this crisis with new technologies — which means new industries and new jobs. We can't afford to fall behind them.

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KASICH

Kasich seems like a moderate guy.

When it comes to taxes, John Kasich might as well be Donald Trump — he signed massive tax cuts for the wealthy in Ohio, and he's released a plan to do the same thing as president. And when it comes to women's health, Kasich might as well be Ted Cruz — his restrictions on women's health have cut the number of abortion clinics in half across the state of Ohio. On issue after issue, there's no difference between Kasich and the most conservative members of his party.

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Kasich isn’t anti-women.

Oh, yes he is. His budget forced women seeking abortions to have medically unnecessary and intrusive ultrasounds, and his restrictions on women's health have cut the number of abortion clinics in half across the state of Ohio. In fact, Cincinnati will become the nation’s largest metropolitan area without an abortion provider if Kasich’s restrictions hold up in court. He’s also totally against Planned Parenthood and said he would “fight like crazy” to defund it.

He has lots of experience.

Yeah! He has tons of experience — shutting down the government (which he did as a congressman in 1995), closing abortion clinics (which he's done as governor), delivering rhetoric offensive to many Americans (which he did as a commentator for Fox News), and working for one of the firms that helped cause the financial crisis.

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ECONOMY

Democrats just don’t understand the economy like Republicans do.

Let's just look at what the economy does with Democrats in the White House versus Republicans. Under President Obama and President Clinton, we added 32.1 million jobs. But, under the last two Republican presidents, we added just 3.9 million jobs. Under Democratic presidents, average unemployment is lower and the gross domestic product is higher. Even the stock market is higher with Democrats in the White House!

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Where are all the jobs that President Obama promised?

Right here in the United States! Under President Obama, there has been a record-breaking 71 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, and unemployment is at 5 percent, a 7-year low (and, you know, lower than Mitt Romney’s campaign goal). We need to elect another Democrat to keep that going.

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RUBIO

Marco Rubio is young and seems like a new kind of Republican.

Well, that's half right. I'll concede that Marco Rubio is young. But we're talking about a guy who keeps recycling the same old GOP policies of the past that hurt middle-class families. He opposes raising the federal minimum wage, he wants to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations, and on foreign policy, he might as well be Dick Cheney.

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Rubio’s doing a great job as Senator.

Look, Rubio barely shows up for his job in the Senate, and he says it’s okay to skip votes that don’t “mean anything.” And those votes that don't mean anything? Legislation on education, defense, energy, and trade. And if he brought that same nonchalant attitude to the White House, America would lose (and we don’t just mean in yards on the field).

Marco Rubio is the child of immigrants himself — how could he possibly be against immigration reform?

Seriously, Marco Rubio’s views on immigration are no different from the rest of the Republican field. He shares the same core positions as Donald Trump! He has completely ruled out granting citizenship for undocumented immigrants during his presidency, and now he wants to end the DREAMers program and deportation relief for the children of undocumented immigrants.

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IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES

Letting Syrian refugees into the United States is like hanging a “welcome, terrorists” banner on the front door.

The United States has one of the strictest refugee screening processes in the world—we can help families whose lives have been destroyed by ISIS without jeopardizing our security. But when our leaders embrace Islamophobia, that makes it harder for us to fight terrorism abroad. And not for nothing, screening refugees based on their religion goes against everything our country stands for.

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President Obama's executive action on immigration is going to lead to amnesty and anarchy.

Our immigration system has been broken for a long time, and that's what President Obama is working to correct. So he's taking steps to keep families together. His plan would make it easier for highly-skilled immigrants and job creators to stay in the country and it would strengthen border security. Democrats want to reform a broken system, but we need Republicans in Congress to step up and work with the President to create lasting solutions.

You know, Trump has a point. More immigrants means more crime.

The truth is that immigrants are less likely than others to commit violent crimes or be incarcerated, and there are numerous studies to back that up. Despite that, no major GOP candidate running for office is willing to put aside politics and keep immigrant families together.

The DREAM Act pays for these immigrants who are in the country illegally to go to college with my tax money.

That's a myth. DREAM Act students would not be eligible for federal grants at all. They could be eligible for federal loans, however, but they need to pay those back. And DREAMERs are people who were brought to America as children and have never called any other country home. Isn't allowing those young people to get an education or serve in our military part of the American Dream?

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TRUMP

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I like that Donald Trump! He says what he means.

He certainly does say what he means, and most of the time, it's xenophobic, or sexist, or out of touch, or totally irresponsible. But what’s really scary is that the rest of the GOP field agrees with him. Because Trump is leading in the polls, the other Republican candidates are competing with each other to see who can echo his message the loudest.

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Donald Trump is a successful businessman — he’ll be great for the economy.

Multiple declarations of bankruptcy aside, a President Trump would help the economy as much as any other Republican (which is to say, not at all). Trump’s plan would add trillions — with a “t” — to the deficit over the next decade. That’s bad leadership in the board room and the Oval Office.

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We’re only talking about immigration reform right now because of Trump, you know!

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend the weekend talking about how to make our country more welcoming, instead of talking about a guy whose immigration plan — deporting 11 million people — is both cruel and completely unrealistic?

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EQUALITY

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You had to show ID to buy this beer, why shouldn’t you have to show ID to vote?

Only .00000013% of votes cast from 2002-2005 resulted in convictions or guilty pleas for voter fraud, so what problem are voter ID laws supposed to be fixing, exactly? All they do is make it harder for people of color, women, younger voters, and seniors to vote. That’s un-American.

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I just don’t think gay couples should be able to get married. This is the end of the American family as we know it.

We’re still gathered together, aren’t we? History will remember this summer’s marriage equality decision as a huge victory for equality, but there’s still more work to do for LGBT Americans. We need to make sure they aren’t discriminated against at work, for one.

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Republicans know how to help a regular Joe like me get ahead — that’s why I keep voting for ‘em.

Across the board, Republicans are proposing tax cuts for the rich — which will cost billions, or even trillions, of dollars. Which certainly isn't going to make life better for average Joes like you and me!

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The Republican Party is about family values.

I love family values! But I define them as policies that actually help working families, like paid leave. We are the only advanced nation that doesn’t guarantee paid time off when you have a baby, or when your kid or parent gets sick, and none of the GOP candidates want to guarantee that time for you and your family.

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