Oct 5, 2012

VIDEO: Was Romney cheating during the debate with cribnotes? Evidently not.

Close up of Mitt Romney possibly cheating during the debate on October 3rd 2012.
"No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by any candidate."

Was that a highly starched handkerchief from his right, front pocket....or crib notes?

Addendum...lots of play in the media and blogs about this...Romney's campaign says it was  indeed just a hanky, which he did use during the debate...probably a good move.   We older types remember Nixon all sweaty when he debated Kennedy.  

WASHINGTON (Reuters/Chicago Trib) - Mitt Romney's campaign laughed off suggestions on Friday that the presidential candidate had used a cheat sheet during his debate with President Barack Obama, saying the object in question was a handkerchief to battle sweat.

As he walked to the podium Wednesday night, Romney was seen reaching into his right pocket and removing a white object, which he placed on the podium.

Video clips of the moment were posted online on Thursday by people who suggested the object was a crib sheet. Candidates are typically not allowed to bring notes on stage with them.

Later during the debate, Romney was seen wiping his brow with what appeared to be a white handkerchief.

Jobless finally falls below 8 pct?

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.

 The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for work. The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months. The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office.

Two job reports...this one more optimistic from Bureau of Labor Statistics

EPI: The BLS' Two Surveys Tell 'Somewhat Different Stories'
From Heidi Shierholz, economist at the Economic Policy Institute:
This is one of those months where the two surveys are telling somewhat different stories. The establishment survey (which provides the job count) shows the kind of steady but modest growth we’ve been seeing for the last two-and-a-half years – job growth that is basically just enough to keep up with growth in the potential workforce. On the other hand, the household survey (which provides the unemployment rate) was extremely positive, with a substantial drop in the unemployment rate (and furthermore, that drop was due to people getting jobs, not leaving the labor force). The rule of thumb when the two surveys tell different stories is to go with what the establishment survey says. However, the household survey provides reasons to be somewhat more optimistic about job opportunities for American workers.

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