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Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Obama Ad: Mitt Romney's Debate Performance: "Mostly Fiction"

Did Obama do a rope a dope strategy as some in the light of day are suggesting?  The amount of ads that the Obama camp is going to get out of the Romney myths/lies are huge.  Check out this ad:

In addition to the fact Romney is providing Obama plenty of material for the campaign ads, there comes this gem from the New York Times with more details where the Romney camp has started to walk back some of what he said.  Imagine that even the Romney camp admits he didn't exactly tell the truth:  
October 4, 2012, 3:36 am
Romney’s Sick Joke 
Paul Krugman 
OK, so Obama did a terrible job in the debate, and Romney did well. But in the end, this isn’t or shouldn’t be about theater criticism, it should be about substance. And the fact is that everything Obama said was basically true, while much of what Romney said was either outright false or so misleading as to be the moral equivalent of a lie. 
Above all, there’s this
  • MR. ROMNEY: Let — well, actually — actually it’s — it’s — it’s a lengthy description, but number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. 
  • No, they aren’t. Romney’s advisers have conceded as much in the past; last night they did it again
I guess you could say that Romney’s claim wasn’t exactly a lie, since some people with preexisting conditions would retain coverage. But as I said, it’s the moral equivalent of a lie; if you think he promised something real, you’re the butt of a sick joke. 
And we’re talking about a lot of people left out in the cold — 89 million, to be precise.
Furthermore, all of this should be taken in the context of Romney’s plan not just to repeal Obamacare but to drastically cut Medicaid.  
So enough with the theater criticism; Romney needs to be held accountable for dishonesty on a huge scale.   
Then there is this on green energy where Romney told another Whopper that won't stand up to Fact Check:
Romney Admits Pushing Misinformation In DebateBy Igor Volsky on Oct 4, 2012 at 11:39 am 
During Wednesday night’s president debate, Mitt Romney claimed that “half” of the green firms Obama invested “have gone out of business” and noted that “a number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.” 
Fact checkers — including this blog — quickly pounced on the claim, explaining that only a tiny percentage of firms that received grants or loans from the Recovery Act have actually filed for bankruptcy. And now, the Romney campaign itself is walking back the GOP presidential candidate’s claim. 
From Michael Grunwald, author of The New New Deal: The Hidden History of Change in the Obama Era:

Grunwald estimates that less than 1 percent of green firms have gone bad in terms of dollar value. 
Romney also singled out Tesla Motors, which designs and manufactures electric vehicles, and received a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy. Last night, he quipped, “I had a friend who said you don’t just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers, all right?” But the company is not a loser. “Founder Elon Musk says it will accelerate its payment of the principal in the spring — and the Department of Energy isn’t complaining it’s not getting its money back.” Romney, unfortunately, has turned to rooting against an American companyin his effort to unseat Obama. 
Seems like the pundits might want to walk back their debate analysis a little from last night -- Romney may have won the debate on being aggressive, but he lost the battle big time on truthfulness.   Looks like the Obama campaign is primed and ready to call him on his lies.  Pass the popcorn and watch the right implode as the campaign commercials hit airwaves and the Romney camp!

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