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Top 7 Lies of the First Debate

Top 7 Lies of the First Debate
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Do facts matter? The early analysis of a debate is always superficial. Who was more aggressive? Who had the best zingers? Who sounded like they knew what they were talking about? It’s a lot easier to look at body language and mood and make a quick judgment than to actually dig into the facts.

Of course, facts matter. While a candidate may sound great telling a lie, if it’s a lie then…well…it’s a lie.

Tuesday’s debate featured no shortage of lies. Here are the top seven.

“I will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families. I will lower taxes on middle-income families. Now, you cite a study. There are six other studies that looked at the study you describe and say it’s completely wrong. I saw a study that came out today that said you’re going to raise taxes by $3 [thousand] to $4,000 on on middle-income families. There are all these studies out there.”–Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has claimed that his tax plan, such as it is, will not raise taxes on the middle class. Unfortunately, an analysis of the non-partisan Tax Policy Center has shown that Romney’s plan would cut taxes dramatically for the rich, but raise them for the poor and middle class. When Obama brought this up in the debate, Romney had a ready answer: Heck, sure, some studies say one thing, others say another, who can know? Trust me.

Should we trust Romney on this? In a word, no. Romney first advanced this argument a month ago, when they cited five studies that supported their argument. Unfortunately, two of those studies turned out to be not so much studies as Wall Street Journal editorials. The other three studies were by authors who were ideologically supportive of Romney. Politifact rated the claim that independent studies supported Romney’s tax plan as “mostly false.”

It’s quite simple: the only non-partisan analysis of Romney’s plan has shown that in order to break even, it would have to cut so many deductions that the middle class would end up paying more in taxes. Yes, Romney can claim some people agree with his plan — but that hardly makes the claim meaningful.

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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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