Romney predicts Obama will lie in debates

September 14, 2012

NEW YORK -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whom Democrats have charged is too loose with his facts, predicted that President Obama would lie in the October debates.

“I think he’s going to say a lot of things that aren’t accurate,” Romney said in an interview ABC News’ “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Romney added, “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?"

The Obama campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Romney, who has held several days of intense debate preparation sessions over the past few weeks, told Stephanopoulos that he is tempted to recycle one of President Ronald Reagan’s lines, “There you go again.”

“But, you know, I doubt we’re going to pull something from Ronald Reagan,” Romney said. “He’s one of a kind.”

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.
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