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10 ways Mitt Romney distorted the truth in last night's debate

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The truth has never been a priority for Mitt "Say Anything" Romney. But in last night's debate, we counted at least 10 ways that Romney attempted to deceive the American people on his record.

Don't let Romney get away with telling anything less than the truth to the American people. Share these facts with everyone you know.

1. His Swiss bank account: Romney called his wealth "an asset to help America." In reality, a significant amount of Romney's money isn't even held in America. Romney has invested millions overseas, in places like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands—infamous tax havens that are costing the American taxpayers $100 billion annually.

2. His investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Romney is attacking Newt Gingrich for working with Fannie and Freddie, the mortgage giants he's been slamming for their role in the housing crisis. What he didn't mention last night is that Romney has been enriching himself for years off investments in both firms.

3. Immigration: Last night, Romney argued with Gingrich over immigration, saying he opposes "rounding people up and deporting them." But just last month, Romney said that those who come to the United States without documentation should "go back home and get in line with everyone else"—and previously made it clear that includes those who have been here for decades and served their community or our military.

4. Health care: Romney claimed the universal health care plan he championed as governor of Massachusetts was never intended to be a model for a national plan. But in 2007, Romney said in a Baltimore speech that he hoped Romneycare would be a "model for the nation."

5. Voting for Democrats: Romney defended his vote for Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic primary by claiming he'd "never voted for a Democrat where there was a Republican on the ballot." Actually, there were two Republicans on the ballot that day: George H. W. Bush and Pat Buchanan.

6. His attack ads: Romney claimed he hadn't seen the attack ad he and his campaign are currently running against Gingrich. Oh really? At the end of the ad in question, Romney says in Spanish, "I am Mitt Romney. I am running for president, and I approve this message."

7. Raising taxes in Massachusetts: Romney told the debate audience that he cut taxes in Massachusetts. In fact, Romney actually raised taxes on individuals and businesses, increasing fees on everything from driver's licenses to firearms.

8. Helping Florida's Space Coast: Romney said he'd "create a plan that will keep our space program thriving and growing." But a Romney presidency would be devastating to the Space Coast and to science: His budget would slash NASA's funding by nearly a quarter in a $4.5 billion cut that would be the biggest in decades.

9. The President's record on Israel: Romney misrepresented the President's record on Israel, claiming that the President didn't mention Hamas's rocket attacks into Israel in his speech to the United Nations. In fact, the President explicitly condemned the rocket attacks before the U.N. in 2009 and 2011—and has clearly stated that Israel and Palestine must negotiate a border that is different from the one that existed on June 4, 1967.

10. His political career: Romney claimed he wasn't "terribly political involved" until he ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. That's another blatant lie: He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1994.