Not that it excuses President Obama’s poor performance, but Mitt Romney peddled a potful of prevarications in the Denver debate:
HERE are a few of the instances in which the Mittster was mendacious:
–When he claimed that “pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” They’re not.
–When he said that President Obama had “cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare.” Obama didn’t.
–When he denied proposing a $5 trillion tax cut. He did.
–When he said President Obama had “added almost as much to the federal debt as all the prior presidents combined.” Not even close.
–When he resurrected “death panels.” That was called “one of the biggest whoppers of the night.”
–When he stated that half the green energy companies given stimulus funds had failed. Only if three out of nearly three dozen is half.
And then there’s THIS:
Romney was forceful and articulate and dodged his association with almost all the most unpopular aspects of his platform. But his success at doing so was built upon two demonstrable untruths.
The most important was taxes. Romney asserted, “I cannot reduce the burden paid by high-income Americans.” Let me explain how this is untrue even by his own campaign’s accounting. Obama badly flubbed this topic by allowing Romney to change the baseline of the discussion. Romney is promising to extend all the Bush tax cuts and refuses to accept even slightly higher revenue as part of a deficit deal. On top of that, he is proposing a huge, regressive income tax rate cut that would reduce revenue by an additional $5 trillion, but promises to make up for it by closing tax deductions.
Obama directed his fire almost entirely at the additional tax cut, leaving mostly untouched, until the end, Romney’s pledge to never bargain away any of the Bush tax cuts.