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Of course that president was George W. Bush. A great piece of Romney video was posted at New York Magazine today with the headline "This video proves Mitt Romney knows his whole campaign is a lie." As is pointed out by the author of the piece. under normal circumstances this sort of flip floppery would be called out by the news media everywhere. Instead it is business as usual for this repblican candidate


The people of America recognize that the slowdown in jobs that occurred during the early years of the Bush administration were the result of a perfect storm. And an effort by one candidate to somehow say, 'Oh, this recession and the slowdown in jobs was the result of somehow this president magically being elected' -- people in America just dismiss that as being poppycock.
http://nymag.com/...

This is the sort of clip that should destroy a campaign if the media was doing it's job, and the voters were honest about why they were for or against a candidate.

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