Rich Lowry: The 'Romney lied' defense

BY RICH LOWRY Published: October 10, 2012
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Romney's other whopping deception allegedly was his contention that his health care plan covers people with pre-existing conditions. On this, too, he was on solid ground. To simplify, he wants to extend the current legal protection that exists in the employer-based insurance market to the individual market, and make it easier for people to buy insurance in that individual market. Again, this is nothing new.

Capable, intelligent

When Obama aides say that the real Romney didn't show up in Denver, what they really mean is that he failed to live down to their rank caricature of him. The deception, though, isn't the flesh-and-blood Romney, but the one-dimensional version broadcast far and wide by the Obama campaign. As he showed during an hour and a half of high-pressure television, Romney is a capable and intelligent man who is ready to be president and has a substantial reform agenda.

Democrats have convinced themselves that all the president needs to do to come roaring back in the next debate is rebut Romney's dishonesties, which will expose his indefensible agenda and shallow reinvention. The president's team evidently underestimated Romney once already. If it believes this “lying liar” interpretation of the debate — rather than pushing it in the media for lack of anything else to say — it will underestimate him yet again.

Mitt Romney bested President Obama on the merits in Denver. Anyone insisting otherwise simply can't handle the truth.

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