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Sen. Marco Rubio's claim Tuesday evening that welders make more money than philosophers has sparked a flurry of fact-checks and counter-fact-checks from reporters and commentators on both sides.

"Here's the best way to raise wages: Make America the best place in the world to start a business or expand an existing business, tax reform and regulatory reform, bring our debt under control, fully utilize our energy resources so we can reinvigorate manufacturing, repeal and replace [the Affordable Care Act], and make higher education faster and easier to access, especially vocational training," the Florida senator and 2016 presidential candidate said during the fourth televised GOP primary debate.

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"For the life of me, I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers," he added.

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