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If you've seen any coverage of Paul Ryan's speech in Tampa, you know that the consensus among journalists and independent observers is that it was ... factually challenged.

He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward.

Don't roll your eyes. We can't just groan and shrug and remark to our like-minded friends that this is ridiculous, because this is a significant moment in this campaign.

The fact that this speech, on this huge stage, is this blatantly false represents a huge bet by the Romney campaign -- they've decided that facts, truth and reality will not be a brake on their campaign message. And they just signaled to the extremist billionaires and corporate interests that support them that they should go ahead and spend their hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Barack Obama with whatever lies can work.

The only thing that can beat this back is you:

[url]

More soon.

Messina

Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America

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Earlier this week, one of Romney's senior advisers said: "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

At least they told the truth there.

Tonight, we saw the Republican candidate for vice president of the United States get up on one of the biggest stages in politics, and make a case for himself and Mitt Romney based on a huge collection of lies we've already heard -- the ones about Medicare, the debt, and the deficit -- plus a few new ones for good measure. What you didn't hear? Not one single constructive idea that they would bring to the table.

But if you thought that was bad, get ready for what's to come. The other side is already planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars trashing the President, and it's not going to get any better.

Stand with President Obama now, before Friday's critical deadline. Chip in $X or more:

[url] [url]

Messina

Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.

Subject: What Paul Ryan said

From: info@barackobama.com

Sent: Aug. 29, 2012, 7:16 p.m.




If you've seen any coverage of Paul Ryan's speech in Tampa, you know that the consensus among journalists and independent observers is that it was ... factually challenged.

He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward.

Don't roll your eyes. We can't just groan and shrug and remark to our like-minded friends that this is ridiculous, because this is a significant moment in this campaign.

The fact that this speech, on this huge stage, is this blatantly false represents a huge bet by the Romney campaign -- they've decided that facts, truth and reality will not be a brake on their campaign message. And they just signaled to the extremist billionaires and corporate interests that support them that they should go ahead and spend their hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Barack Obama with whatever lies can work.

The only thing that can beat this back is you:

[url]

More soon.

Messina

Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.

 

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Subject: What Paul Ryan said

From: info@barackobama.com

Sent: Aug. 29, 2012, 7:16 p.m.




If you've seen any coverage of Paul Ryan's speech in Tampa, you know that the consensus among journalists and independent observers is that it was ... factually challenged.

He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward.

Don't roll your eyes. We can't just groan and shrug and remark to our like-minded friends that this is ridiculous, because this is a significant moment in this campaign.

The fact that this speech, on this huge stage, is this blatantly false represents a huge bet by the Romney campaign -- they've decided that facts, truth and reality will not be a brake on their campaign message. And they just signaled to the extremist billionaires and corporate interests that support them that they should go ahead and spend their hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Barack Obama with whatever lies can work.

The only thing that can beat this back is you:

[url]

More soon.

Messina

Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.



If you've seen any coverage of Paul Ryan's speech in Tampa, you know that the consensus among journalists and independent observers is that it was ... factually challenged.

He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward.

Don't roll your eyes. We can't just groan and shrug and remark to our like-minded friends that this is ridiculous, because this is a significant moment in this campaign.

The fact that this speech, on this huge stage, is this blatantly false represents a huge bet by the Romney campaign -- they've decided that facts, truth and reality will not be a brake on their campaign message. And they just signaled to the extremist billionaires and corporate interests that support them that they should go ahead and spend their hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Barack Obama with whatever lies can work.

The only thing that can beat this back is you:

[url]

More soon.

Messina

Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.



Earlier this week, one of Romney's senior advisers said: "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

At least they told the truth there.

Tonight, we saw the Republican candidate for vice president of the United States get up on one of the biggest stages in politics, and make a case for himself and Mitt Romney based on a huge collection of lies we've already heard -- the ones about Medicare, the debt, and the deficit -- plus a few new ones for good measure. What you didn't hear? Not one single constructive idea that they would bring to the table.

But if you thought that was bad, get ready for what's to come. The other side is already planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars trashing the President, and it's not going to get any better.

Stand with President Obama now, before Friday's critical deadline. Chip in $X or more:

[url] [url]

Messina

Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.