Wasserman Schultz: Romney Scored With Style Points, Not Facts


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DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz introducing Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event in Boca Raton, Florida.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, is willing to give Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney some style points for his performance against President Barack Obama in their first debate.

But she wants to deduct even more points for the falsehoods which she heard during the entire 90-minute confrontation.

“I think you can give Mitt Romney points for style, but, really, I think you have to take a lot of points off for how untruthful he was during the entire debate,” Wasserman Schultz said in an interview on “ Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television. “I mean, from beginning to end, he lied about his own proposals.”

Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, speaking in a separate interview for “Political Capital,” said that Romney won in Denver, though “it’s not good enough to just have one great night, and it was a great night.”

In their next debate on in Hempstead, New York, on Oct. 16, “you’re going to see the same Mitt Romney,” Priebus said. “He’s passionate. He’s got a command of issues.”

Obama, his party chair told Hunt, will “come out strong, and we’ll see a spirited discussion” in the next debate Oct. 16.

Wasserman Schultz singled out Romney’s insistence that he did not propose a $5 trillion tax cut. “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut,” Romney said during the debate. “I don’t have a tax cut of a scale that you’re talking about.”

“We’re not going to let Mitt Romney get away with lying about his tax plan,” Wasserman Schultz said. She said fact-checkers “specifically said he has a $5 trillion tax plan skewed towards the wealthy.”

Romney’s tax plan would reduce income tax rates across the board, costing the U.S., Treasury $480 billion a year starting in 2015, according to a March study by the Tax Policy Center. That amounts to $4.8 trillion over 10 years, or close to $5 trillion.

The Republican candidate has said he will cover the cost of lowering the tax rates by closing unspecified tax loopholes, particularly for high-earners. He has refused to identify which tax breaks he would give up.



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