- The team will pick the juiciest statements, analyze them, consult issue experts and then rate them
- The team rates each claim either True; Mostly True; True, but Misleading; False; or It's Complicated
Washington (CNN)The CNN Fact-Checking Team worked through Thursday night to check some of the most notable claims made by all 17 Republican presidential candidates at the two debates hosted by Fox News.
- Rubio was a leading advocate for the so-called Gang of Eight's immigration reform package that includes that path. He has since tried to distance himself from that bill.
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has acknowledged that he supported amnesty before publicly recanting after conversations with border-state governors, a change of heart he reiterated Thursday.
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called on President Barack Obama and Congress to "step up to the plate" and put forward a plan to secure the borders and create a pathway to citizenship in a 2010 interview with Jake Tapper. He has since disavowed that stance, recently calling it a "garbage" idea.
- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has at times supported immigration proposals that include citizenship, though he now advocates for "earned legal status." He told Charlie Rose in 2012 that he backed "a path to citizenship, which I would support and that does put me probably out of the mainstream of most conservatives."
- Donald Trump has been wishy-washy on what specifically he would do, but he said as recently as last month that he would be open to a pathway to citizenship for some, saying, "We try and work something out" with a merit-based system.
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently reaffirmed his openness to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, saying on "Meet the Press" that "hard-working" immigrants who have become part of the American culture should have an opportunity to stay.
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told The Washington Post in 2010 that a pathway to citizenship was "the rational approach," and he also was supportive of the Gang of Eight's immigration push.
- It's not clear that Ben Carson ever explicitly supported a pathway, though he did imply in his 2013 book, "America the Beautiful," that it was immoral to deny citizenship to immigrants who provide cheap labor.
- Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voted against the Senate bill in 2013 but has stressed that there has to be an "openness to compromise."
- Kasich served as a U.S. representative from 1983 to 2001 and as governor of Ohio since 2011. That's 22 years of experience.
- Lindsey Graham has served as a U.S. senator and representative and state lawmaker since 1993 for 22 years in office.
- Walker has served as Wisconsin governor, Milwaukee county executive and a state assemblyman since 1993 for 22 years in office.
- Rick Perry was a Democrat in Texas for six years before becoming a Republican officeholder from 1990 through 2014 for a whopping 30 years in office and in government.