Fact check: Mitt Romney's acceptance speech

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  • Updated: August 31, 2012 - 8:20 PM

In his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney focused more on his biography than his policy positions. But there were moments when his facts went awry or were missing key context. 12 MILLION JOBS

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thepeopleAug. 31, 12 9:05 PM

Fact Check=media bias. Fact check=White House directed talking points. Fact check=coordinated attacks on the GOP. Fact check=desparation. Fact checkers have been exposed. Time to change your strategy.

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ericgus55Aug. 31, 12 9:12 PM

I thought that Republicans didn't believe that government can (or should) create jobs. I thought that the private sector should be doing that, so how's he going to "create" 12 million jobs?

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scottyhomerAug. 31, 12 9:18 PM

Romney said "His trillion-dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk."

If the GOP goal is to cut the size of government and reduce government spending, then they should be for cuts to the military. Yes, it will reduce government employment, but that is what Tea Party people have been demanding. It won't affect security, because none of those jobs are the soldiers who defend this country.

Why is Romney complaining about Obama doing what the Tea Party part of the Republican Party wants to do in the first place?

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wplettfanAug. 31, 12 9:37 PM

Well, fact is he guaranteed that we will keep the freedom of religion as outlined in the first amendment. Thank goodness, I was VERY worried about that one.

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jessy03Aug. 31, 12 9:49 PM

In the wrap up of his speech he also said something about "welcoming immigrants from foreign lands" (I wouldn't call them welcoming) The speech was largely a crock. It's unfortunate many are fooled by it.

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mylittleidAug. 31, 12 9:52 PM

Romney and Ryan on two consecutive nights told one lie after another. I don't know that anyone expected much from Romney, but the Republicans have been building up Ryan as the fact-based policy wonk of the party. Instead of facts, his speech was larded with false and misleading claims which have been widely criticized and debunked. If these two think the American people are too stupid to see through their nonsense, they don't deserve to be elected.

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braxozAug. 31, 12 9:52 PM

scottyhomerAug. 31, 12 9:18 PM Romney said "His trillion-dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk." If the GOP goal is to cut the size of government and reduce government spending, then they should be for cuts to the military. Yes, it will reduce government employment, but that is what Tea Party people have been demanding. It won't affect security, because none of those jobs are the soldiers who defend this country. Why is Romney complaining about Obama doing what the Tea Party part of the Republican Party wants to do in the first place?__________ A significant portion of the jobs lost over the last two years have been public sector ones, teachers, police, etc. This should have made the small government people happy - but they blame Obama for the job losses - very confusing.

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justsayinAug. 31, 12 9:54 PM

I'm especially enjoying the new GOP talking point..."we all wanted the President to succeed because we love this country". That's a beauty.

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wplettfanAug. 31, 1210:22 PM

Romney will need to increase military spending to keep the 99% in check when they see their tax bills.

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a6699fAug. 31, 1210:24 PM

@thepeople: how about "Fact check = Fact check"?

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