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MUST CHRIS CHRISTIE CALL OBAMA A LIAR?

Updated on October 1, 2012

Many people are doubting that.

Look who is talking about lying in the 2012 presidential campaign. It takes the outspoken governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, to say in an ABC news interview that President Barack Obama or his campaign is lying about Mitt Romney's economic plan, as one, which will favor the wealthy.

There have been gaffes and exaggerations on the campaign trail, and so far, none has come from the Democratic side. They have all been made by Mitt Romney himself or his advisers and surrogates.

Case in point; the famous gaffe about almost half of the population of the United States depending on government hand outs in a secretly taped video, when Romney spoke at a fundraiser in Florida, in May this year, to a room full of millionaires and billionaires.

As a Forbes.com headline puts it, "Mitt Romney's Secret "47%" video has set a new world record for the number of gaffes in one political speech". (9/20/12).

Furthermore, when it comes to lying, it is the Romney camp that has specialized in the art.

Again, case in point; like the "... you didn't build that," statement by Obama, when his opposition has directed it against business owners, instead of the infrastructure and the Internet that the president was actually referring to.

The latest one being Obama using the phrase "bumps in the road", and Romney translating that as the president talking about "events in the Middle East", when the term has been used for the setbacks that Libya's new government would be encountering after that country's revolution to depose a dictator, Muammar Gadhafi.

In fact that term has been used in connection with the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on 9/11, 2012; and it has no bearing on any other event in the Middle East or anywhere in the world.

On the one hand, these two examples constitute a string of lies by Romney himself or his campaign; and it is woefully surprising for Chris Christie to call Obama a liar, which the White House has instantly rebuffed as "not true", and rightly so.

On the other hand, Obama's remarks on many of Romney' plans have had analysts to research to see whether they are factual, such as his (Romney's) economic plan, which he (Obama) says is designed to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

They (analysts) have discovered that "Someone who makes over $3 million a year would get over a $250,000 tax cut if Governor Romney’s plan were to be enacted." (not my words, but the writer of the article in which Chris Christie has made his accusation). (ABC news, 10/01/12).

In that article, Christie is saying, “Stop lying, Mr. President…Governor Romney is not talking about more tax cuts for the wealthy." but at the same time, he continues to say that, "... the wealthy will pay just as much under a Romney administration as they pay today,” which concurs with Obama's argument that the wealthy are paying far too low, and that they have to pay their fair share in taxes, because the 12% to 15% rates are inadequate to help the country's economic crisis.

To be fair to Gov. Romney, his newest mantra is to help the middle class of America, and also to get people off government dependency and to make work available to them in order for them to become productive citizens. Good.

Yet, President Obama's assertion in an advert released last week, accusing the GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, of sticking with the policies that led to the financial crisis in 2008, has no lie about it.

“Governor Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations on Wall Street, all of us will prosper." says White House senior adviser David Plouffe, and that is the truth about Romney's economic and other policies.

Romney himself has made that prospect very clear in his speeches on the campaign trail, that he will bring prosperity to all Americans. However, how he will do that can be anybody's guess.

Yet, that is what Plouffe is pointing out; and that it will be very important for Romney to make Wednesday's debate a platform for his economic and other plans, explaining how he intends to achieve them.

Christie must be careful in labelling others with derogatory names, as that will not help the election of a U.S. president in any way. Most Americans will not tolerate that kind of attitude, as some respect must be shown for the presidency, no matter who occupies that prestigious office.


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      6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      A gaffe is different than a lie. A gaffe is a stupid comment like the Romeny 47%. A lie is like when Obama said Obamacare would not cover illegals, of "it was a unplanned attack based on a movie" when they knew better. By the way, it is 2 1/2 weeks later and despite everyone else owning up to the acts, the Obama administration is still peddling that one.

      Christye is right, Obama lies, sometime the truth hurts.

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