Did you watch the last presidential debate? The number crunchers expect fewer did because of the baseball final and Monday Night Football. Those who did watch it generally reported a rather ho-hum evening. No knock out punches on either side (to the chagrin or relief of each side).
But today the fact checkers are out in force. It appears that most of the mis-statements were made by the president. Here are a few facts that Team Obama’s personal television channel has had to admit.
Check 1: Did Mitt Romney support the auto bailout?
Obama: The — look, I think anybody out there can check the record. Governor Romney, you keep on trying to, you know, airbrush history here. You were very clear that you would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy. You said that they could get it in the private marketplace. That wasn’t true.
MSNBC Lori Robertson: “Romney was right. Obama was wrong.”
Check 2: Obama Tried To Deny That He Proposed A Status Of Forces Agreement That Would Have Left Thousands Of Troops In Iraq.
ROMNEY: “You didn’t want a status of forces agreement?”
OBAMA: “What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.”
ROMNEY: “I’m sorry. You actually — there was an effort on the part of the president to have a status of forces against, and I concurred in that and said we should have a number of troops that stayed on. That was something I concurred with. That was your posture and mine as well. You thought it should have been 5,000 troops and I thought it should have been more troops.”
OBAMA: “Governor, this was done a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago you indicated we should still have troops in Iraq.”
ROMNEY: “No, I didn’t. Sorry, I indicated that you failed to put in place a status of forces agreement at the end of the conflict that existed.”
The Status of Forces Agreement signed between the United States and Iraq in 2008 called for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi cities by 2009 and be out of the country entirely by the end of 2011.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “So Governor Romney is right, that the administration has tried and failed to get an agreement called Status of Forces Agreement that, in fact, would have allowed a small force of troops to remain for several years in Iraq.”
Check 3: Did the MA tuition free college programs start under Romney?
ROMNEY: Said that when he was Massachusetts governor, high-school students who graduated in the top quarter “got a four-year, tuition-free ride at any Massachusetts public institution of higher learning.”
OBAMA: “That happened before you came into office.”
ROMNEY: “That was actually mine, actually, Mr. President. You got that fact wrong.”