Fact Checking Newt Gingrich's Food Stamps Claims

Non-partisan group says food stamp abuse has been on a decade-long decline.
7:32 | 12/03/11

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Transcript for Fact Checking Newt Gingrich's Food Stamps Claims
Absolutely impossible that Republicans are pointing fingers -- what they say is another broken government program food stamps. Yeah at a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday. Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said many food stamp recipients are taking advantage you don't get -- -- You've got credit card the credit card means -- the number of Americans relying on food stamps is at a record high. Nearly 46 million receive benefits from the program this year. Experts attribute that mainly to the weak economy and high unemployment. But some conservatives blame Obama. This is even -- -- president history. And Obama -- isn't -- somebody you like your money is no program in our government has surged out of control more dramatic through its stance and nothing is being done that. About it nobody's looking on good. But the Department of Agriculture is looking under the hood it hired a computer firm to root out fraud. Finding stores that allow customers to trade the stamps for cash or by an appropriate good -- -- -- So while Gingrich's comments drew some laughter in those who want to be some action. At least one Iowa took issue with the candidates criticism. I have -- already have -- his. We do not paid money flow of people on food stamps can buy beer and -- you know you're wrong. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says -- -- problem food stamp -- has -- -- a decade long decline. And the US Department of Agriculture estimates that payment accuracy. Is at a record high of 96%. -- -- ABC news Washington.

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