Another weekly roundup of Romney’s falsehoods

It’s time for another edition of our regular Friday feature on Mitt Romney’s aversion to truth.

As usual, OUR SOURCE is progressive blogger Steve Benen. Be sure to check the bottom of Steve’s post for links to 39 previous collections of Mitt’s mendacity.



  1. seven Pinocchios on the sequester and mammograms at Planned Parenthood

  2. Speaking of sequester just where is the Janesville pot scrubber these days.

  3. More Obama mistruths. There are many, but I will hightlight just one for Stevo.


    We have an idea for the trigger. . . . Sequestration”—Obama Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew in 2011, as reported in Bob Woodward’s “The Price of Politics.”

    “First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed”—President Obama, October 2012.

  4. http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/the-real-story-of-barack-obama
    “Dick Opar, a distant Obama relative who served as a senior Kenyan police official, and who was among the sources dismissing legends of anti-colonial heroism, put it more bluntly.
    “People make up stories,” he told Maraniss.”

  5. “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program”—Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, June 2003.

    “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter”—President Obama, August 2009.

    “Leadership means that the buck stops here. . . . I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit”—Sen. Barack Obama, March 2006.

    Columnist Kim Strassel on President Obama’s flip-flops. Photo: Associated Press

    “It is not acceptable for us not to raise the debt ceiling and to allow the U.S. government to default”—President Obama, July 2011.

    “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages”—Obama questionnaire response, 1996, while running for Illinois state Senate.

    “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage”—Sen. Obama, November 2008, while running for president.

    “It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married”—President Obama, May 2012.

    “We have an idea for the trigger. . . . Sequestration”—Obama Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew in 2011, as reported in Bob Woodward’s “The Price of Politics.”

    “First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed”—President Obama, October 2012.

    “If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election”—Sen. Obama, 2007.

    “We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public financing system for the general election”—Sen. Obama, June 2008.

    “I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign”—Sen. Obama, June 2008.

    “The way Bush has done it over the last eight years is . . . [he] added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back. . . . That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic”—Sen. Obama, July 2008.

    “I don’t remember what the number was precisely. . . . We don’t have to worry about it short term”—President Obama, September 2012, on the debt figure when he took office ($10 trillion) and whether to worry about today’s $16 trillion figure.

    “[Sen. Hillary Clinton believes] that . . . if the government does not force taxpayers to buy health care, that we will penalize them in some fashion. I disagree with that”—Sen. Obama, Jan 2008, opposing the individual mandate for health insurance.

    “I’m open to a system where every American bears responsibility for owning health insurance”—President Obama, June 2009, supporting the individual mandate.

    “Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive”—President Obama, April 2009, in France.

    Associated Press
    “We have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms”—President Obama, April 2009, in Trinidad and Tobago.

    “Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing”—Barack Obama, October 2012, on whether he went on a global apology tour.

    “The problem with a spending freeze is you’re using a hatchet where you need a scalpel”—Sen. Obama, September 2008.

    “Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years”—President Obama, January 2010.

    “So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them”—Sen. Obama, January 2008, on his plans to financially penalize coal plants.

    “Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution”—Sen. Obama, August 2008.

    “Here’s what I’ve done since I’ve been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment”—President Obama, October 2012.

    “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition”—President Obama, 2009.

    “We’ve got a long way to go but . . . we’ve come too far to turn back now. . . . And that’s why I’m running for a second term”—President Obama, October 2012.


  6. Give it up, Wilson. Your guy is going to need a miracle to win this election.

    In that regard, perhaps you should pray that Hurricane Sandy somehow will minimize the Obama vote to Romney’s benefit. But whatever you do, don’t pray to St. Bedard. He’s the patron saint AGAINST bad weather. You should be FOR bad weather — unless, of course, you figure that Sandy might work to Obama’s benefit.

    It’s all so complicated, isn’t it? What’s a guy to do when his candidate seems doomed to defeat?

    Whatever you do, don’t read this:


    It will only further discourage you.

  7. Keep dreaming, and don’t defend his record.
    From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel which is Debbie Schultz’s district and
    “Brush away all the rhetoric, all the vitriol, all the divisiveness from the presidential campaign. To most Americans, only one thing matters — the economy. Four years into Barack Obama’s presidency, economic growth is sputtering. Family incomes are down. Poverty is up. Business owners are reluctant to assume risk in the face of unending uncertainty. Many are holding on by their fingernails, desperate for signs of an economic recovery that will help them provide for themselves, their employees, their customers and their communities. When President Obama came into office in 2009, the economy was in freefall and though untested, he inspired us with his promise of hope and change. Now, four years later, we have little reason to believe he can turn things around. So while we endorsed Obama in 2008, we recommend voters choose Republican Mitt Romney on Nov. 6. ”

    This is the second major paper in Florida, the other is the Orlando Sentinel who have switched their support this time around.

    I find it pretty revolting to suggest I should pray for hurricane, but understandable coming from someone like you.
    I would not be surprised to hear that you pray for disasters to occur to further your cause.
    Pat, you really can’t get much lower.
    Now it is probably time for you to call me all the things that you are, like homophobic, racist.. misogynist, fill in the blank.

    Don’t defend his record.

  8. Wilson: You’re going to support the biggest liar in the history of American presidential politcs to the bitter end, aren’t you?

    And when he loses, you’re going to come up with all sorts of nonsense to explain that cruel fate.

  9. So I am guessing you have been out defacing cars and tearing up signs.
    Still waiting on you to defend Obama’s record.
    If he loses we all we face a cruel fate.

    You are a disgusting Pat, claiming I’d wish evil on another human solely for someones benefit. Just because you would wish evil, doesn’t mean others would.

    What statistics are you using for your accusation?
    You have made many accusations,
    I have called you a prevaricator and you never correct me.

    According to Robert Keith Gray: “On March 31, 2008, then Senator Barack Obama said, ‘The biggest problem that we’re facing right now has to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I am President of the United States.’”

    Read more: http://patriotupdate.com/articles/obamas-43-czars-how-much-help-can-one-president-need#ixzz2AbOWqSMH

  10. shawnnews

    Are you still peddling that executive order falsehood? If you go to sources further outside the MSM you will begin to only get cult information. It’s not that the media is in the bag for Obama, it’s that they won’t repeat the ridiculous claims of the right that upsets conservatives.
    Which reminds me: Pat, in the letters to the editor section people spout off about Obama’s birth certificate and how he wouldn’t really get security clearance, and how God is going to judge the nation for voting for democrats, and on and on. Then they ask writers to be accurate. What is the point?
    The only argument I have for the Star being liberal is that they let the most uninformed people calling themselves conservatives have free reign of the letters to editor. At least expdoc and neftali are intelligent. What’s the deal?

  11. shawnnews: Asking letter writers to be accurate is only a request. The paper gives letter writers free reign for the most part. The only stuff they won’t brook are libelous statements about local folks. But conspiracy theories about national politicians are pretty much acceptable.

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