The Many Lies of Mitt Romney

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6 Lies, 3 Days, 2 Debates

Between the two Florida Debates Romney told at minimum six lies. Here are videos chronicling each lie and what the truth really is.  Most of these involve Speaker Newt Gingrich as they were neck and neck coming out of the South Carolina Primary.

1. 1-23-12 NBC Florida Debate- Romney Lies about Speaker Gingrich Resigning in Disgrace and Support for Cap-n-Trade

Did Speaker Gingrich resign from Congress in disgrace?  Nope. He may have resigned in defeat, but not in disgrace because of the ethics case Romney alludes to.  Let’s do a quick run down of the facts regarding the ethics charges and Newt’s resignation and the move on. This story has been covered several times and those links be listed below and throughout the article. 

  • Gingrich was charged with ethics violations and was investigated from 1995-1997 (Examiner).  It was not until 1998, after the elections when the Republicans lost 5 seats that he resigned, (WP).

  • Gingrich was charged with 84 counts of ethics violations.  He was only convicted of one.  This involved a letter sent to the investigative committee by his lawyers which had some factually incorrect statements.  He paid a fine for the investigation of the letter,(CNN).

  • Romney cites that 88% of Republicans voted to reprimand the speaker as proof of his disgrace.  According to Gingrich, however he asked the house to vote yes to put an end to the proceedings, (CNN).  His story is backed by Mark Levin.  Levin was involved with charging Rep.David Bonior for abuse of power for accusing Gingrich, (Mark Levin).

  • In 1999 the IRS cleared Gingrich of any wrong doing, (CNN).

LINKS:

House Report

What really happened in the Gingrich ethics case?

Mark Levin

Did Gingrich resign in defeat as Mitt Romney suggest over and over?  No. He lies.

2. Romney states that he was fighting against Cap-n-Trade while Newt was sitting on a couch with Speaker Pelosi encouraging it.

  • Newt has clearly stated many times that sitting on the couch with Pelosi was a bad decision and one that he regrets. You can see Gingrich discussing the Ad with Peolsi in this episode of “Special Report” on Fox News at the 7:10 mark.

  • Immediately after former Vice-President Al Gore, Speaker Gingrich Testified against Cap and Trade at a House Committee hearing.  That video can be seen here.
  • In a July 2003 Letter to George Pataki the Governor of New York, Romney writes: “I concur that climate change is beginning to affect our natural resources and that now is the time to take action toward climate protection… I share your interest in ensuring that the economic and security contributions made by our electricity generating system are not negated by the impact of emissions from that system on the health of our citizens. … Our joint work to create a flexible market-based regional cap and trade system could serve as an effective approach to meeting these goals.” (Shaun Sutner, “Romney Joins Bid To Curb Emissions,” Telegram & Gazette [Worcester, MA], 8/6/03)

Does/Did Newt Gingrich support Can and Trade? Nope. In fact he was actively involved in fighting against it.  Romney however, was pursuing it along with other political leaders as policy. Another Romney Lie.

3. 1-26-12 CNN Florida Debate- Romney Lies about an Ad he is running against Speaker Gingrich

Pretty straightforward Wolf Blitzer, of CNN catches during the debate and calls Romney out on lying to the American people during a GOP debate.

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Romney’s Job Creation Record

Mitt Romney has claimed several times that hecreated more than 100,000 net jobs.  In a Time magazine interview on Dec. 21 Romney is quoted as saying:

…I’ll compare my experience in the private sector where, net-net, we created over 100,000 jobs. We created over 100,000 jobs.

Then again on the Jan. 3 edition of Fox and Friends Romney touted the same job creation figure.

In the Fox and Friends Interview he goes even farther in touting his past experiences as a job creator.  He says that he created more jobs in Massachusetts during his time as Governor than Obama has in the entire country.

Lets tackle that first amazing claim by Romney of creating 100,000 jobs.

When we asked the Romney camp for support, spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom sent us a list of jobs added at three companies in which Bain had invested, saying that these three examples alone created over 100,000 jobs: Staples, which had 89,000 employees as of Dec. 31, 2010; The Sports Authority, which had 15,000 employees as of July 2011; and Domino’s, which has added 7,900 jobs since 1999.

Source: USA TODAY

Does Romney really deserve all the credit for those jobs? When you compare the number of how many jobs Bain Capital eliminated to how many Romney believes they should be credited for is that a net positive or negative?

Four of the 10 companies Bain acquired declared bankruptcy within a few years, shedding thousands of jobs. The prospectus shows that Bain investorsprofited in eight of the 10 deals, including three of the four that ended in bankruptcy.  Source: LA TIMES

According to Marc Walpow, a former Bain partner who worked closely with Mitt, their primary goal at Bain was to create wealth for their investors,  At this it seems Romney was successful, (Source: LA TIMES). Job creation however, is another matter.  Both Politico and the New York Times have chronicled several of the companies that lost jobs or went bankrupt

Mitt Romney’s claim that he created more net jobs as Governor of Massachusetts than Obama has as President is true.

According to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment under Romney’s governorship went from 3,224,600 to 3,270,400. That’s an additional 45,800 jobs. And under Obama, despite recent gains, the nation as a whole still has 1.7 million fewer jobs than it did the month he took office. Source:FactCheck

While nation was increasing jobs at a rate of 5.3,”Massachusetts had a net job growth of 1.4 percent under Romney,” (Source:FactCheck). Wait 1.4% net job growth?

Yep.

The Republican contender was the governor of Massachusetts from January 2003 to January 2007. And during that time, according to the U.S. Labor Department, the state ranked 47th in the entire country in jobs growth. Fourth from last.

The only ones that did worse? Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. In other words, two rustbelt states and another that lost its biggest city to a hurricane. Source: WSJ

Is Romney’s job creation record something really to be flaunted?  He may have assisted in the creation of jobs at Bain capital.  We would need complete figures of net job losses and gains to make that call.  His record as Governor leaves a lot to be desired.  47th in job creation is hardly a statistic worth flaunting or a qualification to be President.

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