At least 27.
I didn’t watch the debate in real time; I was jamming in Greensboro at a Journey concert — front row seats. I asked my peeps on Facebook and Twitter if I missed anything interesting about the debate. Folks didn’t hold back.
Of course when I did watch the debate, I was glad that I opted for nourishing my inner fangirl in Greensboro rather than sit through that nonsense. Romney was clearly the more force-of-nature presence when it comes to theatrics; Obama suffered from a lack of attack strategy for the cameras. My problem is that I lost count of how many misleading statements, outright lies and “myths” the former Massachusetts governor emitted. The good news is that the folks at Think Progress kept count; they have 27, as I said above. I’ll share the first three with you:
He spoke for 38 minutes of the 90 minute debate and told at least 27 myths:
1) “[G]et us energy independent, North American energy independent. That creates about 4 million jobs”. Romney’s plan for “energy independence” actually relies heavily on a study that assumes the U.S. continues with fuel efficiency standards set by the Obama administration. For instance, he uses Citigroup research based off the assumption that “‘the United States will continue with strict fuel economy standards that will lower its oil demand.” Since he promises to undo the Obama administration’s new fuel efficiency standards, he would cut oil consumption savings of 2 million barrels per day by 2025.
2) “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don’t have a tax cut of a scale that you’re talking about.” A Tax Policy Center analysis of Romney’s proposal for a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut in all federal income tax rates, eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax, eliminating the estate tax and other tax reductions, would reduce federal revenue $480 billion in 2015. This amounts to $5 trillion over the decade.
3) “My view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. But I’m not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people.” If Romney hopes to provide tax relief to the middle class, then his $5 trillion tax cut would add to the deficit. There are not enough deductions in the tax code that primarily benefit rich people to make his math work.
I guess the point from the perspective of Team Mittens is to let the man go out and tell the myths, figuring most casual viewers/voters will not watch any post-analysis fact-checking.