Lying Disqualifies Romney, Says Rachel Maddow

The Romney campaign says he can pivot and shake up what he believes — like an etch-a-sketch. No real surprise there, but Rachel Maddow calls out Romney for more than just changing his positions by saying what other journalists just don’t seem able to do: Romney is a constant liar.

Big lies or little lies, Maddow establishes in this piece how Romney does them all the time. Her point is that all politicians lie and most people expect it, but Romney’s is off the scale and represents something quite new.

Maddow’s team are chronicling the lying. Here’s just a little sample:

“Early on, we were asked if what you did in Massachusetts should be something you’d have the federal government do? I said no from the very beginning. No. This is designed for our state and our circumstance.” – Not true.

“[T]his president should have put in place crippling sanctions against Iran, he did not.” – Actually, he did.

Of President Obama and veterans’ health care, “He’s going after TRICARE. Saying, ‘Ok, we’re going to raise the co-pays. We’re going to cut the benefits.’ Why is it we go after military families?” – False.

Reagan’s philosophy of “peace through strength” is why “the Iranians released the hostages on the same day and at the same hour that Reagan was sworn in.” – Facepalm.

“He [Obama] said he’d cut the deficit in half. He’s doubled it. He’s doubled it.” – When Obama took office, the deficit was about $1.3 trillion. Last year, it was $1.29 trillion.

“He gave a speech the other day at his State of the Union address. He didn’t even mention the deficit or the debt.” – Obama mentioned it six times.

Syria is Iran’s “route to the sea.” – Iran has 1,520 miles of its own coastline.

Obama “told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost $1 trillion, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent.” – Did not.

Obama plans to “end Medicare as we know it.” – The Affordable Care Act strengthens and protects Medicare, while Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget plan, which ends Medicare and replaces it with a voucher scheme, is endorsed by Romney.

“Time and again, I pointed out I’m not in favor of a health care plan that includes a national mandate.” – Yes you did.

“I believe we should get rid of Obamacare. It’s a disaster. It’s going to cost a $1 trillion-plus.” – The Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars.

And…attacking Santorum, Romney has said that “misrepresenting the truth is not a good way” to boost one’s campaign, and candidates looking to gain ground should “use truth as one of the pillars of your strategy.”

So what’s the problem with journalists calling this all out?

Lawrence O’Donnell explains:

“[T]he political media have a problem. It’s a problem the press has always had and has never solved. When should they call a lie a lie? When a candidate like Mitt Romney, who lies much more than most candidates, says something that is utterly false, the press will say, it’s ‘not accurate.’ They might even use the word ‘false.’ They might use the word ‘untrue,’ but they will never, ever use the word ‘lie.’ And that is what lying politicians like Mitt Romney count on every time they try to get away with one of their ridiculous lies…. In the silly rules of politics and political coverage, the word ‘lie’ just can’t seem to find its place.”

Maddow argues that a man who can lie and shift with such ease not only poisons democracy but should not be considered to hold higher office.

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Ann S.4 years ago

Maddow is so awesome. She is polite to even her most trying and obnoxious guests, yet she somehow always provides no BS journalism.

Tim R.
Tim Ra4 years ago

How about some history lessons, Charles? Shall we talk about where the Bible was put together under Emperor Constantine? Did you know Constantine was such a tyrant that he had his own wife and son killed because he believed his son was in bed with his wife? Does that sound like a compassionate Christian? And least not forget all the stories that were left out of the Bible because of him and his zealots decided what was fact, or simply believable. Funny how science can find very little of facts when it come to the Bible itself. Yet, religious zealots as yourself feel it's free to push your agenda on all the rest of us that actually have a thinking brain. And according to your belief, a brain that God gave me and everyone else that has a difference with you. Charles, are you getting the message yet? Are you getting that you SHARE this country with so many that think differently than you?

Tim R.
Tim Ra4 years ago

"The government has no right to force a religion to violate is religious values.
No religion shall be recognized as an official religion of this land." ~ Charles

Really? No duh! Exactly what Lee and I have been saying! Therefore, tell me where you think your religious values can tell me or others they cannot have Planned Parenthood, birth control or abortions? Remember, this is America; a melting pot of all kinds of religions, sects, cults and various beliefs. I realize that there are so many Christians that think they have the right to enforce their values because they "think" they're the "chosen ones". Here's the facts: Christ in the chosen one, not some valued religion that thinks they're based on. And ask yourself what kind of Christian you are? Are you the kind of Christian that throws rocks and stones at doctors and women that enter an abortion clinic, or are you the kind that waits at the back door and comforts the doctors and women and offers a better path in life? So many of your kind forget about Christ's teachings of forgiveness and compassion. Odd I know more atheists that know Christ's teachings better that the radical Christian.

Tim R.
Tim Ra4 years ago

Let's go one step further, Charles, Mormons, in their early stages, polygamy was considered a part of their religion. Eventually, this country as a collective majority, saw polygamy as something unaccepted, thus the Mormons were forced to accept the laws of the land as couples in one single marriage. So, if that is not proof enough for you that the First Amendment does not support any religion's radical views, then I don't know what does!

Again, any religion that tries to force their ideals that takes away from someone else and their individual freedoms and civil liberties under the First Amendment is truly the enemy of the Constitution this country was founded on. Religion is a personal freedom that is protected under the Constitution, but it does not mean YOU get to enforce your beliefs on me or anyone else. Nor does it mean you get to take your religious values and draft laws based on your ideology. Religion is personal, not community when it comes to government policy!

Lee Witton
4 years ago

Seems like you are back peddling Charles. Having said that; what religious values would exempt government from forcing religions to "violate it's religious values". Is "violate" religious values the same as in "violate" children? There is so much downright contradiction and hypocrisy in religion when it comes to "VALUES" that it is hard to know how YOU would define religious values. Kind of like your clean cut, high type Mista Reagan who possessed no true moral values. And talk about a liar Charles. Reagan truly epitomized "liar".

Charles Wasserman

Of course churches are subject to the law.
The government has no right to force a religion to violate is religious values.
No religion shall be recognized as an official religion of this land.

Tim R.
Tim Ra4 years ago

Actually Charles, you're wrong there, too. Any religion that violates states laws is subject to persecution under those laws. For example, say you have a religion that believes in sacrificing a young virgin girl at the alter every month (far fetched, I know). In this case, this would be known as murder under state and federal laws. Therefore, if a religion commits and practices any heinous crimes, they are subject to persecution by government and cannot hide behind freedom of religion. If memory serves, the Vatican is under a lot of heat from the US dealing with child molesting priests serving in Catholic churches in the US. These priest have violated state and federal laws and cannot seek shelter under the First Amendment.

Lee Witton
4 years ago

Charles - no church is above the law; regardless of the 'religion'; "utilitarian" or otherwise "expediency before principle" is a major contradiction coming from someone who claims Utilitarian as religion. Let's also lay down the fact that Reagan was a racist and a bigot, therefore should it be of any surprise that you would so venomously attack Obama.

You are a JOKE Charles!

Lee Witton
4 years ago

We know that the involuntary servitude accusation is as impotent as your brain. We pay for services we don't want all the time, mandated by government, whether state or federal. I pay for others not carrying insurance each time they make a trip via ambulance to the emergency room. That doesn't make me or most others who don't want to continue paying for those who bilk the system, happy. It is in fact, the moral thing to do to ensure all people have quality and affordable healthcare that does not exclude based on preexisting conditions.
Now Charles, you are a complete idiot and you've made a fool of yourself and I wanted to see who you were and what you were about and, well...gee willikers; Your role model Ronald Reagan says it all! You have no credibility at all so you might want to take your own advice about not shooting off the mouth.

Charles Wasserman

The first amendment applies to keeping the church out of the government as well as keeping the government out of the church.
This was the origin of the concept of separation of church and state.