Obama makes untrue statements - Romney

2012-09-14 20:07

Washington - Republican nominee Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama's honesty on Friday, alleging that the White House incumbent is likely to make untrue statements in upcoming US election debates.

"I think the challenge that I'll have in the debate is that the president tends to - how shall I say it? - say things that aren't true," Romney said in an interview with ABC News.

"It's difficult to say, well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren't quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about," he added, noting he was yet to choose a strategy.

With little more than 50 days to go before the 6 November election, Romney is trailing Obama in the swing states that he must win to take the White House, though the president's lead is not unassailable.

The first of three presidential debates is scheduled to take place on 3 October in Denver, Colorado.

Romney has repeatedly blamed his Democratic opponent for presiding over a feeble US economic recovery, but the attacks have failed to gain traction in opinion polls.


The Republican candidate was also forced onto the defensive after he lambasted the Obama administration's response to demonstrations that broke out at the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday.

In a vehement attack, Romney accused the Obama administration of sympathising with Islamist perpetrators of the attack rather than defending American values.

But the criticism was based on an embassy statement issued hours before protesters scaled the embassy wall and tore down an American flag. Administration officials insisted the embassy statement had not been cleared in Washington.

The release decried "continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims" in a slap at a new US film deemed offensive to Islam which had prompted uproar.

Romney said he stood by his comments, which Obama said illustrated that his opponent tends to "shoot first and aim later."

"I thought the [embassy] statement was inappropriate and pointed that out," Romney said in the ABC interview.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-14 20:25

    Really? We're now going for the "liar liar" strategy? ALL politricksters lie. Ask anyone of them to hook themselves up to a polygraph during any live debate/speech. Bet they'll all decline.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-14 21:11

    But I, Mitt Romney, never lies. I'm a Mormon after all! Release your tax returns you cheat ... what are you hiding!? Bush clone...

      mark.barker.370 - 2012-09-15 07:17

      Why are Obama's college records sealed , what is he hiding? Romney has released all the tax returns that is obliged to under US law.

  • brendan.j.currie.9 - 2012-09-14 21:45

    Romney is a politically dull-witted and dangerous man. Those americans better not lose the plot and vote him in. I keep on telling myself that it can't happen surely. But the reality is they voted bush in twice!

      mark.barker.370 - 2012-09-15 07:17

      dull witted is an apt description for you

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-15 11:21

      Absolutely Brendan. I cannot believe that there are so many idiots who wants to bring back Bush policy - it single-handedly ruined the world economy ... but dimwits will never see that. Damn red-necks and bible-belt voters - makes me think of the KP. Or even the AWB. ZERO common sense....

      linda.visagie - 2012-09-16 18:00

      Rinus, maybe you should change your religious views just like you should change your rugby team. Romney is the only hope for America considering Obamas support of Iran etc. They're not burning those flags for fun, you know..

  • piet.strydom - 2012-09-15 03:54 Down Romney - You have 15 pants on fire ratings, including a few you keep on repeating even after having them pointed out to you. Obama has 6.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-15 08:39

    I guess he will be getting endorsements from George W. Obama is a decent respectable president and I hope America don't take on the Romney clown.

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