CHICAGO – Obama for America released the following statement from Campaign Manager Jim Messina in reaction to tonight’s debate:
“The President spoke directly to voters tonight about his vision for an economy that grows from the middle out, while Mitt Romney spent the night on the defensive, doubled down on the same bad ideas that crashed the economy, and got testy when he was pushed on specifics. Romney confirmed that he opposes a single dollar in new revenue from the wealthiest to reduce the deficit and continued to hide the details about how he’d accomplish his plans because he knows they don’t add up and are bad for the middle-class. He was unable and unwilling to explain the math behind his $5 trillion tax cut favoring the wealthy, refused to say what rules he’d put in place to protect consumers after repealing Wall Street reform, and didn’t offer a single idea to protect families from insurance company abuses after repealing Obamacare. Tonight the American people saw the clear contrast between where the two candidates will take the country in the next four years.”
Facts matter and Mitt Romney is unwilling to give them to the American people.
What People Are Saying:
CNN’s David Gergen: “Romney was just sort of flat out lying.”
Los Angeles Times: “The Romney campaign has refused to say which loopholes it would close, and Romney did not clear up the question Wednesday.”
Bloomberg News: “Romney’s tax plan can’t add up.”
CNBC Fact Check: “Romney again tonight did not say specifically how he would pay for his proposed across the board tax cut.”
The Washington Post: “Mitt Romney needs to spend a little more time with his budget reports.”
Los Angeles Times: “Fact check: Romney repeats erroneous claims on healthcare”:
Chicago Sun-Times:“If, however, you score Wednesday’s debate on substance — accurate facts and honest arithmetic — Obama more than held his own.”
Fact Check@factcheckdotorgRomney says he will pay for $5T tax cut without raising deficit or raising taxes on middle class. Experts say that’s not possible….
Matt Yglesias @mattyglesias Romney’s tax plan is basically 2+2=5.
Michael Crowley @CrowleyTIME Romney closes with pretty dishonest warning about defense cuts
Jonathan Cohn @CitizenCohn Sigh. Romney not telling the truth here. Pre-existing conditions NOT covered under his planhttp://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/107049/romney-pre-existing-condition-obamacare-repeal-gregory-meet-the-press …
Ezra Klein @ezraklein Around 89 million Americans would likely be left out of Romney’s “preexisting conditions plan,” such as it is.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/10/who-would-be-left-out-of-romneys-preexisting-conditions-plan-about-89-million-americans/ …
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial:Editorial: Romney wins on style, Obama on facts
Los Angeles Times:Fact Check: Romney’s tax claims challenged by non-partisan report
Washington Post: Romney off on deficits
Los Angeles Times:Fact check: Romney repeats erroneous claims on healthcare
Talking Points Memo: Romney Backs Away From Own Tax Plan
rikyrah updating here: About that CNN Debate Poll? Look at the Crosstabs.