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Did Mitt Cheat at the Debate?


Offbeat  (tags: odd, off-beat, news, interesting, Romney, debate, cheating )

Carrie
- 656 days ago - thedailybeast.com
The blogosphere is atwitter over conspiracies that Mitt Romney snuck notes into the presidential debate, a violation of the traditional rules. Meanwhile, the Romney camp insists the white object in question is only a handkerchief. Watch video and decide.



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Lois Jordan (55)
Friday October 5, 2012, 6:03 pm
Well, that was plainly obvious to me that he had notes. So, if he's a cheater and liar, and also a thief, why is he still considered a leader of the Mormon church? Mormons should be mad that he's giving them a bad name.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday October 5, 2012, 6:53 pm

People did notice, I have more then a few personal emails about this. Cheat!
 

Carrie B. (302)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:01 pm
I'm not too sure about this. I too noticed, but what struck me most was Romney making sure to return to the podium to retrieve his handkerchief, as well as the handing over after the debate was over of what appears to be paper (his notes?) to someone. It seemed to be urgent and necessary. Is this real, or are we becoming like the right wing conspiracy theorists and seeing any and everything that quite possibly might not be there? I have to be honest and think about that.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:07 pm

That was his son, he handed the notes to his son! Obama hugged Michelle, then shook hands with Jim Lehrer, the Romney family, and left with Michelle. No doubt they had plans for their anniversary.
 

Carrie B. (302)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:14 pm
Kit, do you see what I mean about this entire incident and the various reactions? Yes, I did notice all of this without any help from anyone else, and in a way it concerns me. I don't want to be one of "those people" who see something where nothing really exists.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:26 pm

I saw it, others that I chat with saw that, and since there were not supposed to be notes or teleprompters, what were the very obvious papers that were left on the podium? Did Romney really need to pick up his notes taken during the debate? I'm thinking no. Obama didn't pick up his notes, and we all saw him taking notes, both took notes. I would say that I saw him shuffling note cards during the debate, though I would want to see it again, before staking any thing on that.

Okay, here's another possibility, Romney is so afraid of being caught out again, he was afraid to leave the notes he took during the debate. (???)
 

Carrie B. (302)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:30 pm
See what I mean? We all notice things and think Hmm - Is that what he was doing or was it something else? Who knows? At this point, even if someone found he had notes - no one would do anything about it. Romney is the new teflon man!
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:10 pm
Why would I not be surprised if it was found that he did cheat?
 

JL A. (272)
Friday October 5, 2012, 11:55 pm
sad that someone is still in the running at this point in the presidential election and we have to wonder and seriously consider this kind of character flaw
 

Kevin A. (68)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 12:56 am
His followers will deny those were notes.
 

Tinkie K. (71)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:19 am
Well .... How else did he become a multi-billionaire.

If he does get voted in, the Billionaires Club will be ruling the planet. They don't like the 'mob' and believe me, we are all going to feel it.
 

paula eaton (30)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:22 am
The questions are preselected so they can have their answers ready. If they want fair then let people ask any question they want.
 

Judy C. (106)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:40 am
Romney was totally steamrolling over Jim Lehrer and the rules of the debate. He wouldn't even have won at a high school debate tournament with this bombastic performance, where he does also appear to be using notes!
 

Rebecca G. (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:25 am
Ya know ;o) nothing - absolutely NOTHING - surprises me what this IDIOT THING will do - I don't discuss POLITICS - unless someone PUSHES TOO HARD - and then the ONLY COMMENT I will make is - OK - A GUY CHANGES HIS OPINION EVERY OTHER DAY on ANY SUBJECT - AND WILL DENY SAYING STUFF - EVEN AFTER HE IS RECORDED BY INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - DON'T THINK WE REALLY NEED SOMETHING LIKE THIS RESIDING AT 1600 PA AVE....then I watch they MOUTHS FALL OPEN - ;o) Will end with this - this THING will make gwb look like a CHOIR BOY - MAY THE CREATOR HELP US ALL - IF IT IS ELECTED...........AMEN
 

Joe V. (9)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:07 am
Wow, no one was there to enforce the rules and guidelines of the debate! Hello; The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan , 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:57 am
Noted, with interest!
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 6:49 am
Maybe this is proof-positive about the type of leader he would be...CHEAT! Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention - it matters!
 

reece C. (29)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:03 pm
Did Romney Cheat? Did he lie? Is the pope catholic?
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:51 pm
That was a handkerchief ..... but tell me something ..... WTH had Obama been smoking?
 

Margery Coffey (8)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 1:56 pm
Bullies always cheat.
 

Janet R. (34)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:10 pm
Boy, he is a real rocket scientist if he needs notes after he was given the questions for the first time in history of presidential debates. He certainly had enough time to memorize his answers. As for the CPD, they gave him the questions so it wouldn't surprise me if they looked the other way.
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:14 pm
Too MANY to AGREE with!! So I'll say it another way, Obama-Biden 2012!!!
 

Carrie B. (302)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:27 pm
Cam, that was a pretty telling comment. How about sticking to the topic?
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:40 pm
Lois Jordan, all of the things that you mentioned is WHY he is still a leader in the Mormon church. Extremist cults love to interfere with the lives of others. That is why lying, cheating and stealing is par for the course. After all, where would dominionist religion be without the tactic of the lie?
 

Claudia O. (73)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:45 pm
There is no honor among thieves. He may have had a handkerchief, but he also had notes. That is obvious in the last segment, when he handed them off.
 

monka blanke (74)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:00 pm
I bet he'd do anything to win....what else ?
 

Surunatik WTF (38)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:33 pm
Oh for Gawd's Sake! The son of a bitch cheated, clear as day. Period, end of story (well, actually, I hope not, lol! when we he be held to account for his lies, and now cheating?!?).
 

Surunatik WTF (38)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:36 pm
damn, 'when will he..' oops!
 

John B. (215)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 3:57 pm
Clearly looked like notes to me and not a hanky. Thanks Carrie for the link to the stop action video clip. Viewed and noted.
 

Isabelle J. (87)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:10 pm
Wow ! It surely look like he is a cheater.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:20 pm
@Christopher....I am unable to send you another green star at this time, but you deserve one. You are absolutely right and thanks for your comment...I agree 100%. Still, anyone who considers themselves as a "good Mormon" would be torn between supporting him to remain in lockstep with the rest of the sheeple, or shunning him for not staying true to the principles of his religion. (Maybe if they found out a reason he doesn't want to release past tax forms is because he didn't fully tithe the church 10%..... then they'd REALLY be torn).
 

DORIS L. (61)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:30 pm
I noted what was definetely notes. He's such a liar, is it really a surprise he's a cheat too?
 

Dianne D. (453)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 4:37 pm
I'm not surprised. It's like Bush Jr. had a transitor on his back when he debated, because he couldn't do it on his own. So why aren't those in charge watching for these things? Why didn't Obama say something? Because Obama is a gentleman and the good will win.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 6:09 pm
OH come on that was a very stiffly starched handkerchief. Has to be starched if you want to written notes on it.
 

Jean C. (18)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 6:57 pm
Seriously folks, isn't there some bike to ride, dog to walk, dishes to wash, garbage to take out, something...?
 

Lydia S. (71)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 7:54 pm
Janet R wrote " ... he was given the questions for the first time in history of presidential debates. He certainly had enough time to memorize his answers."

Well then, so did Obama ... I guess neither one of them is a "Rocket Scientist"? ;-)

Oh, yeah, I forgot, Obama said "practicing" for the debates was "a Drag"!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2012/10/02/obama-debate-prep-is-a-drag/1608033//

One Candidate WORKED/PRACTICED for the debates, the other was probably watching & rewatching his appearance on "The View", lol ;-)

And finally, with the software available to "Edit" everything from YouTube videos, to home movies, this choppy, low res, low quality "video" proves nothing. My two kids used to make spoofs of movies, editing & re-editing, to make "funny movies", with re-arranged dialogue, scenes, etc.

Wag the dog, sour grapes, whatever you call it ... sore losers -- One was prepared -- one came in as the incumbent, expecting to be given the "winner" status!

Redistribution doesn't always work! Some things have to be EARNED!
 

Lydia S. (71)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:01 pm
Finally, he took notes on Obama's points, and passed them off, so they could be used to prepare for the next debates ... as I'm sure, the issues discussed, will be raised again at the next debate!

It helps to be able to quote what your opponent said, and offer a rebuttal. That's how debates work!
 

Stephen Jerome Mazurek, PhD, OFS (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:26 pm
It wouldn't surprise me, but it's not completely obvious.
 

Carrie B. (302)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:29 pm
I'm with you Stephen. Just too hard to tell, but because of his lack of moral ethics he makes himself suspect.
 

Sharon Blodinger (0)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 9:32 pm
Why wouldn't he cheat? George Bush wore a wire; it's a GOP thing.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 11:16 pm

Darn right, he had to have those notes, because we just don't have video available to re-run every second of that debate.

See Carrie, told ya there just had to be another reason why Mittens had to have those note.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:14 am
Thanks.
 

Patricia W. (5)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:44 am
I still can not wrap my head about Mitt strapping his Dog to the top of his car. Is THIS the face of our next leader????? I do not think so, NOT FOR ME !!!!!!!!
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday October 8, 2012, 5:11 am
noted, thanks Carrie. he is a piece of crap!!
 

Jo Ellen H. (3)
Monday October 8, 2012, 7:50 am
thanks
 
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