There is a scandal brewing that suggests that Mitt Romney used crib notes for the debate. This is of course, C-H-E-A-T-I-N-G!, and would be awful if true.
I believe the candidates are only supposed to have a blank piece of paper (pad) and a pen at the podium, provided by the CPD. No notes, this isn't "open book."
In a move that might remind many of Joe Niekro 's flying emery board Romney seems to have gotten caught taking notes from his pocket and later unfolding it on the podium.
Watch Romney's right hand, very early in the video starting at 0:00:09
Mitt takes something out of his pocket and tosses it on the podium. It seems as if he maybe using his body to try and screen the movement. It's very fast, the whole thing is over by 0:00:12
He was also wearing make up and to wipe any sweat from his face with a hanky would have taken off his make up. Plus remember that old saying "Never let them see you sweat?" If he was seen to wipe sweat from his brow, the optics would have been very bad ("Obama makes him nervous, he can't stand up to him.")
Like looking nervous in comedy, looking nervous in politics is deadly.
We already know Romney thumbed his over privileged nose at some of the rules. Is it even worse than we initially thought?
It's also Mitt "I never found a loophole I didn't exploit" Romney, who may have committed a felony on his taxes.