Maddow calls out Romney for ‘bald-faced lie’

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, May 31, 2012 23:49 EDT
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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday accused Republican president candidate Mitt Romney to telling a “bald-faced lie” on the campaign trail.

She noted that Romney’s very first ad attacking Obama, which was released before the Iowa caucuses, made it sound like the President had said, “if we keep talking about the economy, we are going to lose.” However, Obama was actually quoting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

“They never corrected it, even after they got caught,” Maddow explained.

On Thursday, Romney made a surprise speech in front of the energy firm Solyndra, which received a $528 million federal loan before it closed abruptly in 2011.

“Two years ago, President Obama was here to tout this building and this business as a symbol of the success of the stimulus,” he said. “Well, you can see that it is a symbol of something very different today. It is a symbol not of success, but of failure. It is also a symbol of a serious conflict of interest. An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the Administration had steered money to friends and family, to campaign contributors.”

But it is not true that an inspector general claimed the Obama Administration had steered money to friends, family or campaign contributors. An inspector general had investigated those claims, but was unable to find any evidence to support them.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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