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10/16/2012

FACT CHECK: ROMNEY EARNS FOUR PAIRS OF PINOCCHIO’S PANTS ON FIRE

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:53 pm

We here at PoliticizedFactChecking.org have caught Mitt Romney in a blatant fabrication. In tonight’s debate, Mitt Romney stated:

I know what it takes to balance budgets. I’ve done it my entire life.

Mitt Romney has been alive 65 years. His “entire life” includes his years of infancy. Clearly, no matter how quickly he became a businessman, he could not have been balancing budgets at the age of 6 months. We rate this statement Four Pairs of Pinocchio’s Pants on Fire.

P.S. Immediately before this blatantly false statement, Romney said: “This puts us on a road to Greece.” There can be no road to Greece from America. The two countries are separated by the Atlantic Ocean.


Above: The Atlantic Ocean, apparently an unknown concept to Willard Mitt Romney, the infant budget balancer

17 Responses to “FACT CHECK: ROMNEY EARNS FOUR PAIRS OF PINOCCHIO’S PANTS ON FIRE”

  1. Good job. We don’t often agree politically but that’s genuinely funny.

    LYT (2757d9)

  2. I thought he said,”…on a road to grease…” Meaning a slippery slope.

    Gazzer (177360)

  3. LOL. That reminds me of when the press attacked Bush for his “over seas” comment. An idiom used every day by the very papers that attacked him.

    pat (75b00c)

  4. “Binders of women”
    Not a true story. As in: it’s a lie.

    What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration — a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.

    They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.

    I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I’ve checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I’ve just presented it is correct — and that Romney’s claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.

    Still, it did make a nice defense of affirmative action

    sleeeepy (b5f718)

  5. On a repossessed German bucket flying the flag of Greece, wallowing into an Aegean port, flag running up as we write.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  6. Henceforth, I will be speaking to you from behind the grave . . .
    sleeeeepy has succeeded in boring me to death.

    Icy (cbc5e3)

  7. Did Joe Biden play football in college?

    JD (43ce10)

  8. “Did Joe Biden play football in college?”

    and did he wear a helmet?

    C. S. P. Schofield (4feea2)

  9. These blatant lies are just as significant as Ryan’s marathon times.

    SPQR (768505)

  10. These are not debates. I have debated and know the difference. These are “Dog & Pony Shows.” Neither party is given sufficient time to utter a well reasoned response but must go the “sound bite” route. The moderator should do nothing but control the time. The questions should be decided in advance and sufficient time alloted for a real answer and response. Not as long as the Lincoln/Douglas debates but more than ten minutes per question for both sides.

    Michael M. Keohane (b73e34)

  11. I take issue with your comment about the road to Greece.

    First, the image shown is not a road map, and is therefore a poor illustration of your point.

    Second, are you SURE there is no road to Greece? Is there some law against running a road across the ocean bottom?

    I hope you are properly chastened.

    alanstorm (cb237b)

  12. The Road to Greece.

    Those metaphors put a lot of bumps in the road.
    But, if you want to drive to Greece, just head West to California.
    In a few more months we’ll even have the riots.

    AD-Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (b8ab92)

  13. I’ve got to disagree with this post. When Mitt was a baby, he didn’t earn any money, but he didn’t spend any money either. So he was balancing his personal budget back then.

    Joshua (9ede0e)

  14. You can, in fact, build a road to Greece; you just have to go west rather than east, crossing the Bering Strait when it’s frozen rather than the Atlantic Ocean.

    Milhouse (15b6fd)

  15. Good Work! on the the Fact Checking!
    If you can’t divulge we will understand, but you are so sharp and knowledgeable, Are you Candy Crowley’s fact checker?

    I think you should have only given the road to Greece 3 pinocchios however, I’m pretty sure I remember the prezzy mention something about an InterContinental Railroad. Isn’t it likely that there is at LEAST a service road alongside that, but Probably and InterContinental Highway.

    You’re good enough for CNN though.

    Keep up the Great Work!

    No_BlahBlah (11c4cc)


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