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Mitt Romney Fits Three Lies Into a Single Sentence

Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney takes part in The Republican Presidential Debate at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, January 23, 2012.
There is something amiss. I am being insincere. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Last night’s Republican presidential debate in Florida was overall a staid, boring, and uneventful affair that everyone forgot about immediately after it ended. But there was one truly remarkable moment that hasn’t received much attention. After noting that the United States is now saddled with $15 trillion in debt, Mitt Romney, like a street contortionist wedging himself into a tiny glass box, somehow managed to stuff three lies into a single, 26-word sentence. 

We’re headed to a Greece- type collapse, and [Obama] adds another trillion on top for Obamacare and for his stimulus plan that didn’t create private-sector jobs.”

Literally everything in this sentence is false. The United States is not headed toward a Greek-style collapse. Obamacare didn’t add to the debt; according to the CBO, it’s lowering the debt by $230 billion through 2021. And the stimulus created millions of jobs. Aside from that, though, it’s a fine sentence. 

Romney’s Awesomely Inaccurate Debate Sentence