So Who Lied Last Night?

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 03:  Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) speak during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The first of four debates for the 2012 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by PBS's Jim Lehrer and focuses on domestic issues:  the economy, health care, and the role of government.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    “As president you’re entitled to your own plane and your own house, but not your own facts,” Mitt Romney said during Wednesday night’s presidential debate. But both candidates put their own spin on the facts, and the tangle of clashing statistics meant fact-checkers had their work cut out for them. Obama said Romney wants to add $5 trillion in tax cuts to the deficit--not exactly true, since Romney contends he would make up that revenue elsewhere. But Mitt hasn’t explained how, and Obama cited a study that such massive tax cuts can’t be paid for except by raising taxes on the middle class. Romney then claimed there were five other studies that concluded his plan was revenue-neutral—all of which turn out to be conducted by people advising his campaign or by the notoriously math-challenged Wall Street Journal editorial page.

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