The Washington Post was quick to do a fact check on the debate claiming that President Obama had misrepresented the budget plan put forward by Morgan Stanley director Erskine Bowles and former Senator Alan Simpson, the co-chairs of the deficit commission. The fact check wrongly describes the plan as the "Simpson-Bowles deficit commission proposal."

In fact there was no proposal from the commission. According the commission's by-laws a plan would have needed the support of 14 of the 18 commissioners to have been approved. This plan never had the support of more than 10 of the commissioners. It is therefore inaccurate to describe it as a plan of the commission.

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