Seeking to rebut charges that President Obama plays fast a loose with the truth, Obama Campaign Spokeswoman Jen Psaki today accused Gov. Mitt Romney of himself being a champion liar.
“If Mitt Romney were Pinocchio, his nose would be reaching from Virginia to Ohio with the number of lies he’s told,” Psaki said.
It’s about 300 miles from the middle of Virginia to the center of Ohio, so that would give Romney a pretty big nose and make him quite a substantial liar.
Psaki, who briefed reporters today on Air Force One along with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, was responding to reports that Romney plans to call Obama out if the president makes misleading statements.
“I think he’s going to say a lot of things that aren’t accurate,” Romney said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier this month.
Psaki accused the Romney campaign of trying to create a distraction from other issues.
“This is the kind of ridiculous, absurd and unproven accusations by the Romney team that are just meant to distract,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Obama team continued to try to lower expectations for the president – a classic pre-debate strategy – suggesting Romney is the favorite to win the encounter.
“I mean, if you just look at the assessment of the debates in 2008, that Barack Obama became the nominee of his party, in some ways in spite of his debate performances, and Mitt Romney became the nominee of his party because of them,” said Carney.
Psaki said Romney has been working harder to prepare the debates than John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, George Bush – unclear which one – or Ronald Reagan did for their debates, while Obama has been forced to spend time at his day job.
The first debate is on October 3 at 9:00 pm ET in Denver.