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DEBATE #1: What Did You Think?

DEBATE #1: What Did You Think?

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3:56AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Obama didn't even show up. It was like Romney was debating Clint Eastwood's empty chair.

9:57AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

I enjoyed watching Romney chew the red carpet while on all fours.

7:06AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Obama wiped the floor with that lying jackass, Romney! I give Obama an A+ on last night's debate. I wish he was our leader actually!!! The US is damn lucky to have him!

5:25PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Oh my god, Les K. is an insane birther. I thought they went the way of the dodo bird.

5:24PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Del R.- Stick to your lying right wing talking points and stay out of law and history; you are unqualified to speak on either.

This nation was not founded on "basic religious rights and principals." The word "god" does not appear in the U.S. Constitution, nor any reference to Christianity or the Bible and Article VI, Paragraph 3 specifically states: "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or Public Trust under the United States."

The "conservatives" were the ones who supported slavery, segregation, and racism. The Democratic Party used to be the party of the conservatives, now the party of the conservatives is the Republican Party.

Also I realize that Romeny (and disgusting people like you) are trying to use the deaths of brave Americans serving their country for political gain and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

5:06PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Why are you willing to stand by a guy who tells so many lies?

Even his partner in the VP debate spewed 24 myths in 40 minutes. Are you a patholigcal liar too and that's why you prefer them?

418. Romney said, "Look, President Obama attacks success, and therefore, under President Obama we have less success."

For one thing, Romney has never been able to point to a single instance in which Obama has attacked success. For another, we're having a hell of a lot more success now than we were four years ago.

419. Romney went on to say the president is "trying to take work out of welfare requirements."

This is untrue to a jaw-dropping degree.

420. He added that Obama "wants Americans to be ashamed of success."

If Romney can produce any evidence in support of this lie, I'll donate a bucket of cash to the charity of his choice.

421. Romney said "in the last three and a half years, we've seen ... higher taxes keeps us from achieving what we can achieve."

Taxes haven't gone up; they've gone down. In fact, Americans' federal tax burden has down, reaching a 30-year low after Obama cut taxes in 2009.

5:02PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

422. Romney spoke about trade agreements and said, "Do you know how many this president's put in place? Zero. Zero."

I don't know why Romney keeps telling this lie, but he does.

423. Romney vowed, "Slow growth means fewer jobs, and that is why as president of the United States, I will get America on track to have a balanced budget."

There's overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Romney says his plan "can't be scored," but independent budget analysts have found his agenda would make the deficit bigger, not smaller, and add trillions to the national debt.

424. The Romney campaign argued this week that Obama "told the businesspeople of America they shouldn't take credit for building their businesses."

Not only did Obama not say this, the president's argument was later endorsed by Mitt Romney.

425. The Romney campaign also claimed that the president "never really held a private sector job in which he earned a real paycheck."

This is a common attack, but it's not true. Obama worked at a private-sector law firm before entering public service.

426. The campaign also argued that Obama has accused Romney of "not paying taxes."

That's wrong, too. Team Obama has said there are all kinds of unanswered questions about Romney's finances, since he keeps his tax returns secret, but neither Obama nor his campaign has ever said Romney didn't pay his taxes.

5:00PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

427. The Romney campaign also released a video that tied together two separate Obama sentences to make it seem as if he was making an argument he did not make.

Even by 2012 standards, wrenching presidential comments from context this ridiculously was outrageously dishonest.

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428. Romney claimed this week that President Obama was saying success "is the result of government," not "hard-working people," when Obama said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

That's as obvious a lie as Romney has told all year. It's not even close to what the president said.

429. Romney told CNBC's Larry Kudlow, in reference to last week's massacre, "There were, of course, very stringent laws which existed in Aurora, Colorado."

Actually, that's the opposite of the truth.

430. On a related note, Romney said "it was illegal" for the Aurora gunman to have his arsenal.

That's not true. The gunman in Aurora purchased his guns and ammunition legally.

431. Romney told donors this week that Ronald Reagan was so focused on the economy after taking office in 1981, he told his aides not to schedule any national security meetings in his first 100 days as president.

That's so ridiculously false it seemed to thoroughly annoy Republican media figures, including Bill Kristol and Marc Thiessen.

4:59PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Del baby, let me help you out here.

The word is spelled credible

C R E D I B L E. CREDIBLE.

And as far as you stamping your foot and demanding that I provide the link to the source about your idiot candidate I've given you hints and suggestions. I know you aren't even bother to look. So nice try but trying to turn things around and deflect is a dog that won't hunt Del.

4:48PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Michael.... stated.. "I didn’t ignore any question del baby. I gave you hints and suggested you do the work yourself. You apparently can’t figure your way around the internet. More likely like you usually do. You didn’t even bother to look and are trying to turn the sting of being whipped silly away from yourself. I do love how willing to lie you are. I guess having a hero like mitt and as your role model lying becomes the way to be. If I thought for a minute that either you or mitt were actually willing to let a single straight word come out of your mouths I’d be willing to listen. That hankie story is really funny del and about as credible as you have been too. No needs to run me past a lie meter as I don’t engage in that sort of thing, though I can see how someone like you who lies so often it is the norm thinks that is how everyone must be. Aw shucks del I just saw you blinking again for the umpteenth time. " ~~~ I guess you get so caught in your diatribe you don't realize your make a perfect Ovomit /Biden mouth piece.. You ignore any question you refuse to answer with specifics. Such a shame as you had potential to be credable.~~~

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