Both the President and Romney veer from the truth on ’60 Minutes’

Posted on September 23, 2012 by

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Both candidates answered questions on the CBS program aired tonight.

Steve Kroft interviewed Pres. Obama. Discussing the Middle East, the President said about Israel, “They’re one of our closest allies in the region and the Iranian regime has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel’s existence.

There’s no question that Israel is our strongest ally in the area.

After Croft pointed out Romney’s claim that the President is weak on foreign policy, citing Iran and Syria, and the perception by enemies that we’re weak, Mr. Obama cited accomplishments like ending the Iraq war and killing bin Laden. He then said, “So I’ve executed on my foreign policy and it’s one that the American people largely agree with.”

Not quite. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll after attacks on U.S. diplomatic buildings in Egypt, Libya and other Muslim countries, shows his approval rating on foreign policy at 49 percent. In August, it was 54%
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Scott Pelley told Mitt Romney that people are asking, with regard to his changed positions on some issues, “Does Romney believe the things that he says?”

The candidate’s reply: “The principles I have are the principles I’ve had from the beginning of my political life. But have I learned, have I found that some things that I thought would be effective turned out not to be effective? Absolutely. If you don’t learn from experience, if you don’t learn from your mistakes, why you gotta be fired.”

Whether policies are effective does not respond to the question of how voters will respond to his flip-flops on certain issues. He had noted that Pres. Obama changed positions on some also.

Also, isn’t a reversal on issues like abortion a change in principles.

“The President’s cutting 716 billion dollars from current Medicare. I disagree with that. I’d put those dollars back into Medicare.”

Asked about his vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, cutting about the same amount, Romney said, “He was gonna use that money to reduce the budget deficit. I’m putting it back into Medicare … So what I do with my Medicare plan for younger people coming along is say bthis, ‘We’re gonna have higher benefits for low income people and lower benefits for high income people.’” He also said he would make it more means tested.

Pres. Obama did not take more than 700 billion dollars out of current Medicare. Try these sources:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/29/paul-ryan/paul-ryan-said-president-obama-funneled-716-billio/

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/08/medicares-piggy-bank/

To contact the Obama campaign,

http://barackobama.force.com/questions

To contact the Romney campaign,

http://www.mittromney.com/forms/suggestions