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Top 7 Lies of the First Debate

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MR. LEHRER: Excuse me, one sec excuse, me sir. (Laughter.) We’ve got we’ve got barely have three minutes left. I’m not going to grade the two of you and say you’ve your answers have been too long or I’ve done a poor job

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You’ve done a great job, Jim.

Jim Lehrer is an icon of the American news media, and his career is far more distinguished than most journalists could dream of aspiring to. Unfortunately, on this night, he simply wasn’t up to the task of moderating this debate.

Lehrer let himself get steamrolled by Romney repeatedly, and at times by Obama as well. He was deferential to the point of meaninglessness. He simply lost control of the debate. When he did manage to reassert himself, it was often only to get the candidates to admit to differences between them — which both candidates had been glad to do.

Now, there may be something to the idea of two candidates going on stage with no moderator, and simply debating. This debate had a moderator, however, one who simply failed to moderate.

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6:08AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Let's see if I understand this, a truth tester run by a liberal newspaper, guess reading the results of this blog only republicans lie. what BS.

4:22AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Must add that I thought Romney was the rudest, most pompous, self important , inappropriate, ignorant bully I had ever witnessed. One can look "Presidential" without looking and acting like a petulant two year old. Disrespectful of a sitting President whether one likes him/her or not is not acceptable under any circumstances.

4:18AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

I think the best description ever is that if many Rep/Tea politicians open their mouths and make any sound. it's a lie. Sorry. The old honorable party is gone at least for now.

10:01AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Bravo Sylvia. I have read other posts by folks trying to quantify the Mitt mystique, but so far you have done the best.

4:59AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Thanks for the article.

6:17AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Sylvia M, you pretty much nailed it.

1:22PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Romney's always got that little smirk/smile on his face that reminds me of a man who is holding and smelling a baby with a badly soiled diaper and can't do anything about it. Oh, yeah, and this while trying to sell a used car with faulty transmission to a senior citizen.

10:36AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Apparently Mr. Romney's demeanor during the debate, including his outright lies left a winning impression on voters who were indecisive and according to the Pew Polls, Mr. Romney's is up a few percentage points. These undecided voters have apparently forgotten all of the lies he told the 18 months prior to the debate.

10:04AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Ingo the President will have far things to say that would correct his mischaracterizations than your obvious choice in candidates. Romney has told some 620 lies since January and scored high points for telling 28 lies in 37 minutes during the debate. So you are, as is typical of people who think like you Ingo, barking up the wrong tree.

5:53AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

tell teh truth mr president

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