Much of the attention following the first presidential debate in Denver, Colo., Wednesday night has been focused on Mitt Romney's bid to recast himself as the centrist who governed Massachusetts. But the Republican presidential candidate also made two particularly lofty claims from the podium, claims his campaign clarified to reporters immediately after, effectively conceding that Romney inserted misinformation into the debate.I'm beginning to think the Romney sugar-high from last night is soon going to turn into brain freeze from drinking that Super Cold Lie Colored Kool-Aid too fast.
First you have Eric F. rapidly back-peddling on Romney's claim that "His plan includes protections for people with Pre-existing Conditions".
Pressed by TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, Fehrnstrom said those who currently lack coverage because they have pre-existing conditions would need their states to implement their own laws — like Romney’s own Massachusetts health care law — that ban insurance company from discriminating against sick people.So basically Romney's "Plan" is Fuck it, let the States do it... if they Want to. And yeah that plan has worked out so well in the last 60 years since the current Private Health Insurance market has been around. I'm sure they'll get right around to that... any second now.
How many years ago the MA do that anyway? What? Almost Ten Years Ago? See, yah - that's catching on. We should it implemented in each individual State one by one sometime around the year 2512, give or take.
Then there was Romney's whopper on Green Jobs.
Another false claim from Romney came in during his attack on the president’s green energy program -- when he stated that “half” of the firms that received stimulus funds had gone out of business. “These businesses, many of them have gone out of business,” Romney said. “I think about half of them -- of the ones that have been invested in have gone out of business."Oh, he didn't mean to say half - he meant to say Less than 1%?. He was only off by -- 49.5%? Uh ok. yeah.
“ICYMI: Romney camp told me (after my tweet-rants) Mitt didn't mean to say half the #stimulus-funded green firms failed. Probably <1% so far.”
Because his attack on President Obama's Green Jobs programs makes so much more sense if he does it while admitting that it's 99% Effective.
Somehow I think those back-peddles are going keep spinning for the next few days.