Fact Checking Mitt Romney

There’s a lot of Mitt Romney Fact Checking today. Election Central shows how Romney claimed Hillary Clinton is a Marxist by twisting her statements. Strangely, Romney quoted a Clinton speech and left out the part where she said, “Now, there is no greater force for economic growth than free markets, but markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed.”I previously noted how, after the last Republican debate, Factcheck.org debunked Romney’s rewriting of history with regards to the run up to the Iraq war. Today Factcheck.org has issued yet another report correcting several errors in Romney’s speeches. They provide detail after this summary:

Out on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has been boasting of some impressive accomplishments as governor of Massachusetts, while also outlining bold foreign policy proposals. But we found that Romney sometimes alters the past, exaggerates his record and traffics in ambiguous language. We reported earlier on his boasts of issuing hundreds of vetoes, the majority of which were overridden. Here we examine a few more of Romney’s dubious statements:

  • He claims that President Clinton “began to dismantle the military” when it was President George H.W. Bush who started making deep cuts in defense budgets years before Clinton took office.
  • He claims to have balanced the Massachusetts budget through the elimination of duplicate state agencies when he actually relied mainly upon increases in fees and cuts to education and local aid to do so.
  • Romney takes credit for submitting state income tax cuts, although income tax rates did not change during his term as governor.

They provide a couple of graphs to debunk the claims Bill Clinton was responsible for deep cuts in defense spending, including this look at Defense Spending as a percentage of the GDP:

As is shown in the graph, the decrease under Clinton was a continuation of the decrease which began before he took office thanks to the end of the Cold War.

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    collins says:

    I came upon this site to read about D James Kennedy. I oppose his right wing positions–but somehow have kept track of him–just to see what the Christian right is thinking. This may not be the place to ask–but I am very curious—-What is really wrong with D James Kennedy He had a heart attack in ’06 and had a pace maker–However, there is no recent news on him–and he certainly not re appeared in public. Can anyone tell me what is the real status of his health? My eail is frcollins@piusx.org

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Wikipedia says that as of April 2007 he was hospitalized. Beyond that I don’t know what is going on with him.

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