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Upon Further Review: Mitt Romney May Have Cheated To Win The Debate

Posted by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM
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Over the past day the game tape of the debate has been reviewed. While Mitt Romney still enjoys the afterglow of the debate, the lies and half truths he told are being dissected.

From tax policy to hiring teachers. From cracking down on Wall Street (and Sesame Street) to coverage for the uninsured. From Medicare to shipping jobs overseas the fact checkers have been very busy correcting the record and pointing out falsehoods.

Even Team Romney had to correct the candidate on health care immediately after the debate.

As I predicted earlier this week, Romney had an October Surprise planned for the President – new policy ideas. But I had no idea that Romney would just lie about everything he had said over the past year and a half.

As the President said, Mitt Romney’s bright new idea is: Never Mind!

But there was a moment in the debate that will be discussed in the days ahead that everyone missed until yesterday.

A review of the debate tape reveals that, apparently, Mitt Romney needed a cheat sheet to keep the lies straight.
The rules of the presidential debates are clear about not bringing outside notes and presidents and aspirants have followed the rule for decades.

Video of the first eleven seconds of the debate available on YouTube shows Mitt Romney reaching into his pocket at the moment he is out of view of those in front of him, he used the lectern as a shield, and removing what appears to be folded papers from his pocket.

We see this because the camera that was broadcasting was behind Romney. Those in the audience and the moderator may have been shielded from his sleight of hand, but not the viewers.

Romney then proceeds to unfold the item in front of him.

For those curious if it could have been some else, later video sheds some light on what Romney retrieves from his lectern.

After the Romney and Obama families chat post-debate the President walks off stage, leaving his notes behind for an aide, no doubt.

But not so for Romney. The Presidential challenger goes back to his lectern to retrieve his items. It is clear that the only thing that Romney takes is paper. Not a handkerchief. Not a white flag. Nothing but paper.

So the next question is: what is Mitt Romney’s explanation for the apparent cheating?

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM
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by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Eh, I find there are bigger fish to fry right now. No one can say for sure that he cheated. And I find it odd that he openly put those papers he picked up from the podium into his pocket in front of everyone, if he really was cheating.

by Carrie on Oct. 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

 If he did, he still shows he is not too bright.

by Michelle on Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM
Hmm. What really gets to me is the outright lies that can and will be proven to be lies.
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by Sabrina on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

oh no!  lol

I think the main concern should be the amount of lying going on.  Why is this man not walking around in fire pants! lol

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

This just makes me roll my eyes.  

I could care less if he had a cheat sheet or not.  I suppose you could care less that Obama had extreme difficulty making eye contact.  

If Romney "won" then he "won."  I don't really care for the sour grapes surrounding it.  

Obama's camp did him a disservice by not just owning that he wasn't on his game that night, and that he had more important things to worry about as leader of the free world than a debate.  

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