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Upon Further Review: Mitt Romney May Have Cheated To Win The Debate
October 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

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


Mitt Romney collects his papers after the debate (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

Mitt Romney collects his papers after the debate (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

The Buck Starts Here

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 something 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?

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  • rocketracer
    October 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • shimamab
    October 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM
    Well, to be fair, it could've been anything. A note from Ann, an inspirational quote, grocery list?!?! But it does look shady. Ooooh, the intrigue of election year :)
  • sammygrl77
    October 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM
    Interesting
  • itsmesteph11
    October 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

     sidesplittinglaughterThat's a REAL gut buster.      What a bunch of lame brained lefties.

  • nanaofsix531
    October 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Oh you mean like the lame brained righties saying the job numbers are being cooked? OK now I get it.

    Quoting itsmesteph11:

     sidesplittinglaughterThat's a REAL gut buster.      What a bunch of lame brained lefties.


  • kailu1835
    October 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Looked like a starched hanky to me.  Same size, folded, as the one my dad uses. 

  • nanaofsix531
    October 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Unless it was the President putting the same thing on the lectern then he would be a cheater.

    Quoting kailu1835:

    Looked like a starched hanky to me.  Same size, folded, as the one my dad uses. 


  • gsprofval
    October 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Your little cartoon there is wrong; conservative states with Republican governors earn MORE money than the states run by lame democrat governors:

     

     PERSONAL INCOME HAS GROWN MORE IN CONSERVATIVE STATES THAN LIBERAL

    State personal income has grown more in the past six quarters in "red" states and states run by Republican governors than in "blue" states, a Blaze analysis finds.

    Here are the top ten states where income has grown the most since Q1 2011:

    TheBlaze Analyzes Data From the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Finds Red States Have Had More Income Growth Over Six Quarters Than Blue States 

    "Red" and "Blue" state as defined by electoral-vote.com. All Graphics by TheBlaze.

    However, this isn't to say recent news on personal income growth is good. On the contrary, growth has slowed in the last quarter, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis*:

    State personal income growth slowed to 1.0 percent in the second quarter of 2012, from 1.7 percent in the first quarter... Growth slowed in 39 states plus the District of Columbia, accelerated in 10, and was unchanged in Nevada.

    Personal income growth ranged from 2.1 percent in North Dakota to 0.4 percent in New Mexico. Inflation, as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditures, slowed to 0.2 percent in the second quarter from 0.6 percent in the first quarter.

    Here are the top ten states where income has grown the least since Q1 2011:

    TheBlaze Analyzes Data From the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Finds Red States Have Had More Income Growth Over Six Quarters Than Blue StatesConfused? Here's the difference: despite the recent slowdown, there has been an overall increase in state personal income from QI 2011 to QII 2012 - but mostly in "red" states.

    Let's take a step back and define "personal income" before we go any further.

    "Personal income is the income received by all persons from all sources. Personal income is the sum of net earnings by place of residence, property income, and personal current transfer receipts," the report explains.

     

    It's important to note the BEA data includes all forms of personal income, otherwise reports that correctly show U.S. household median annual incomes have fallen from $53,508 to $50,964 since June 2009 wouldn't make any sense.

    "The estimate of personal income in the United States is derived as the sum of the state estimates and the estimate for the District of Columbia," the report adds, "it differs from the estimate of personal income in the national income and product accounts (NIPAs) because of differences in coverage, in the methodologies used to prepare the estimates, and in the timing of the availability of source data."

    Also, keep in mind all personal income data is measured before deductions for personal income taxes and other personal taxes.

    TheBlaze Analyzes Data From the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Finds Red States Have Had More Income Growth Over Six Quarters Than Blue StatesStates with the most income growth and their governors

    So with a better understanding of the BEA's findings on personal income, perhaps we can ask: Why the growth in certain states?

    Many of the states that have seen growth in income have energy to thank. North Dakota tops the list because of its oil boom. Likewise, Alaska, Texas, and Oklahoma all have, when compared to other states, healthy economies boosted by the energy industry. And as for the non-energy states that have seen income growth: They have fiscal restraint, business friendly environments, multi-billion dollar companies, and/or sound tax policies to thank.

    But what about the top ten states with the least amount of growth? What's their excuse?

    TheBlaze Analyzes Data From the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Finds Red States Have Had More Income Growth Over Six Quarters Than Blue StatesStates with the least growth in income and their governors

    Some analysts blame weak income growth on overpopulation (as in the case of New York [exceptTexas is more heavily populated]), while others rightly blame the lasting effects of the housing crash (Nevada), but almost all of them should blame the lack of growth on unfriendly business environments (Louisiana, Connecticut, and Nevada [again]).

    Final Thought: Considering that, by CNN's estimation, two of the ten states that have had poor income growth are "swing states," how do you think their economic woes will impact the election?

    Do you think the people of, say, Nevada, a state with a 12.1 unemployment rate, are ready for someone different in the White House? Or do you think they're willing to give President Obama another shot?

    Follow Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) on Twitter

    [*From the report: "Quarter-to-quarter percent changes (growth rates) are calculated from unrounded data and are not annualized (i.e. to reflect the whole year). Quarterly estimates are expressed at seasonally adjusted annual rates, unless otherwise specified. Quarter-to-quarter dollar changes are differences between published estimates."]

    Front page photo source courtesy the AP. A earlier version of this story incorrectly included Colorado and New Hampshire on the map of states with the least growth. We have since corrected this.


     

    Quoting nanaofsix531:

    Oh you mean like the lame brained righties saying the job numbers are being cooked? OK now I get it.

    Quoting itsmesteph11:

     sidesplittinglaughterThat's a REAL gut buster.      What a bunch of lame brained lefties.


     

  • kailu1835
    October 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I have defended the president when he has been lied about.  I am not a Romney fan, something I've said over and over.  I don't like either candidates, for very legitimate reasons.  There are enough legitimate reasons to dislike both candidates, without having to make stuff up.

    Quoting nanaofsix531:

    Unless it was the President putting the same thing on the lectern then he would be a cheater.


    Quoting kailu1835:

    Looked like a starched hanky to me.  Same size, folded, as the one my dad uses. 



  • GardenerArtist
    October 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I couldn't keep track of all the lies MittWitt spewed.. It was exhausting to try.

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