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Quotations from Governor Romney

"Under President Obama ... gasoline prices have doubled." Really? I live in NYC, which has some of the more expensive gas in the country; it's running a bit over $4/gallon. I don't think gasoline has been $2/gallon since before Katrina.

"Unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class." Apparently Romney's definition of "middle class" is the top 5% income bracket -- those earning above about a quarter million a year.

Just some of the more obvious factual howlers.
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I'm used to lies of the second type; lies of the first type (easily discoverable information available to all listeners) definitely feel new.

It's kind of insulting, really. It seems like it would make it awful hard to be a Republican these days.

checking the facts on gas prices

It seemed hard for me to believe Romney would say something blatantly and utterly false and easily checkable, so here's the grain of truth (I'm looking at gasbuddy.com for the data).

As of President Obama's inauguration, average retail gasoline prices in the U.S. were around $1.80 (funny, I don't remember that), because they had plummeted due to the economic crash a few months before. Since then, they've gradually risen back to pre-crash levels as the economy came out of recession.

Gasoline prices on Aug. 31, 2012 are almost exactly the same as they were on Aug. 31, 2008 -- about $3.80.

In other words, as with Romney's "He cannot say you're better off than you were when he took office" statement, it's very sensitive to precise dates, because the economy was going downhill so fast at the time.