According to Mitt, one of the challenges that he’ll face at the upcoming presidential debates is debunking President Obama’s lies and attacks. He told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos:
“I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true. And in attacking his opponents. I’ve looked at prior debates. And in that kind of case, 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?”
Shockingly, this is coming from a man who is renowned for fabricating the truth and reneging on his stance on a number of major issues throughout his political career. So we highly doubt that combating Obama’s untruths is going to be Money Mitt’s biggest challenge, especially with all the material he’s been feeding the president—he recently stated that he supports parts of the president’s Affordable Care Act, he has not presented a clear plan of action for his initiatives to create jobs or reform healthcare, he refuses to release his past tax returns, and he polarized the deaths of four US diplomats.
But wait, explaining that on a national stage while in a one-on-one debate with Barack still might not be the Money Man’s biggest challenge being that he’s proven himself to be a horrible debater. Take a look at some of his famed gaffes and misspeaks at debates:
1. Mitt's $10,000 bet
During the Republican presidential debates in Iowa last December, Money Mitt put up a $10,000 bet against Gov. Rick Perry over his controversial healthcare plan in Massachusetts. Of course, casually making a $10,000 bet does not help the former venture capitalist appear as someone who can relate to average Americans.
2. “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake-I can’t have illegals.”
While debating on the issue of illegal immigration, Gov. Perry pointed out that Romney had undocumented workers working for him. Romney defended himself saying he was unaware of his workers’ statuses, but his comments not only reminded people that the one-percenter can afford the luxury to pay for lawn services, but he also implied that his reason for caring about his workers was because he happened to be running for office.
3. “There are a lot of reasons not to elect me.”
During debates, one of the goals that each candidate aims for is to present their stance and beliefs in a clear and logical manner that appeals to the American people. One thing they’re not supposed to do is feed their opponent with campaign ad sound bites which is exactly what Romney did here.
What does Romney really stand for?
Lastly, although this is not a replay of Romney’s gaffes, Romney’s 1994 debate with the late Ted Kennedy delivers a powerful message of how he has shamelessly flip-flopped and pandered to his constituency over the years.
Romney is known for his misspeaks and gaffes in debates. If his past is any indicator about how his performance will be during the presidential debate, then he sure has a lot to worry about.