We all know that Mitt Romney told a bunch of lies during the recent Presidential Debate. Now comes a report that he might have used illegal notes to help him keep those lies straight.
According to a report on CBS 2 in Chicago by Democratic strategist Bill Buck, Romney appears to have used some notes written on paper he snuck up to the podium with him.
Here's an excerpt from Buck's story:
As I predicted earlier this week, Romney had an October Surprise planned for the President – new policy ideas. But I had no idea that Romney would just lie about everything he had said over the past year and a half.If it's proven that Romney did indeed violate the rules and cheated during the debate, his goose is cooked. But really, are we surprised that a lying, slippery eel like Romney would break the rules and cheat? He and those of his ilk probably think if you're not cheating you're not playing and that rules are for the lowly 47% anyway.
As the President said, Mitt Romney’s bright new idea is: Never Mind!
But there was a moment in the debate that will be discussed in the days ahead that everyone missed until yesterday.
A review of the debate tape reveals that, apparently, Mitt Romney needed a cheat sheet to keep the lies straight.
The rules of the presidential debates are clear about not bringing outside notes and presidents and aspirants have followed the rule for decades.
Video of the first eleven seconds of the debate available on YouTube shows Mitt Romney reaching into his pocket at the moment he is out of view of those in front of him, he used the lectern as a shield, and removing what appears to be folded papers from his pocket.
We see this because the camera that was broadcasting was behind Romney. Those in the audience and the moderator may have been shielded from his sleight of hand, but not the viewers.
Romney then proceeds to unfold the item in front of him.
For those curious if it could have been some else, later video sheds some light on what Romney retrieves from his lectern.
After the Romney and Obama families chat post-debate the President walks off stage, leaving his notes behind for an aide, no doubt.
But not so for Romney. The Presidential challenger goes back to his lectern to retrieve his items. It is clear that the only thing that Romney takes is paper. Not a handkerchief. Not a white flag. Nothing but paper.