Mitt Romney at tonight’s debate was clearly willing to say absolutely anything to get voters to think what they’ve heard about him is wrong, and to increase his appeal to voters on the fence. Truth was absolutely no where in his mind. Romney won the debate because he chose to lie, he chose to say anything, he chose to decide to win at any cost — truth be damned.
Here are the top ten comments that Mitt Romney made that you’d swear he could never ever had said, if you hadn’t heard him say them:
1. “We have to have regulation of Wall Street.”
2. “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don’t have a tax cut of the scale you’re talking about.”
3. ”Pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.”
4. “I’m not going to cut taxes for the rich.”
5. ”I’m not going to cut education funding.”
6. ”I’m all in favor of green energy.”
7. “I like what we did in Massachusetts” on healthcare.
Bottom line: Romney lied. A lot.
UPDATE: The Washington Post agrees:
Obama, in referring to Romney’s plan as a $5 trillion tax cut, is basing that on the estimate of reducing tax rates by 20 percent while also extending the Bush tax cuts, two planks of the plan. Romney has argued that he can eliminate loopholes and deductions to make up that revenue but has not specified which ones.
Romney has countered that “six other studies” have found that the plan can be revenue neutral, but he’s wrong about that. Those studies actually do not provide much evidence that Romney’s proposal — as sketchy as it is — would be revenue neutral without making unrealistic assumptions.
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