• Mitt Romney Tempted to Quote Ronald Reagan

    Confiding to ABC's George Stephanopoulos yesterday, Mitt Romney explained that one of the biggest problems he'll have in the upcoming presidential debates — aside from simulating a person-like demeanor for such an extended period of time, obviously — is that, as he says "the president tends to… say things that aren't true."

    This is a problem. As we all know, Mitt Romney is physically and intellectually unable to lie. He's never lied. He doesn't know how to. So dealing with such a shifty maneuver from a professional flim-flam man like Obama will be tough for him to deal with. But he's considering his options

    The former governor told [Stephanopoulos] he's tempted to use Ronald Reagan's famous line against President Carter in a 1980 debate, "There you go again" — the same line that Bill Clinton turned on Romney and the Republicans at the Democratic convention in Charlotte.

    Don't do it, Mitt! It's too big a gun to pull out in a civil debate. They'll be scraping little tiny bits of Obama off the podium for weeks. Though, I can certainly see why he'd be "tempted" use such a powerful weapon. It's been proven to work in the past. At least two times, actually.

    Still, there's got to be other — less nuclear — options for presidential quotes to pull out, dust off and repurpose for his own counter-attack. Such as…

    * "Mister Obama, tear down this wall… of lies."

    * "I cannot tell a lie. But that guy over there sure can."

    * "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. And also Obama's blatant disregard for the truth."

    * "Four score and seven years ago, Barack Obama was about four years old. And he was probably a dirty liar back then, too."

    * "The buck stops here. But all the lying stops over there by Obama's podium."

    * "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what Obama is lying about this time, because he usually is."

    * "I've committed adultery in my heart. But Obama just committed lie-dultery right here on this stage."

    * "Read my lips. But don't read his, because they're just full of lies anyway."

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Mitt Romney, Ronald Reagan


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