"The Obama team isn't quite calling Mitt Romney a liar, but this week's back-and-forth brought the president's campaign about as close as ever to deploying the L-word.
The Obama campaign's term of art, instead of "liar," was "aversion to the truth" As in this statement, issued by Obama rapid response director Lis Smith, after Romney's speech in Ohio Thursday:
In a speech that he concluded by saying he’d ‘tell the truth,’ Mitt Romney actually didn’t tell the truth about President Obama’s record and his own failed record in Massachusetts—all while blaming the President for a plant closing that occurred before he took office. Mitt Romney is building quite a record of giving speeches filled with distortions and fabrications. Why does he have such an aversion to the truth? Contrary to Romney’s rhetoric today, under President Obama’s leadership every working American has received a tax cut, fewer new regulations have been approved than under President Bush, and we’ve gone from losing 750,000 jobs a month when he took office to creating over 4 million private sector jobs in the last 25 months. On the other hand, Mitt Romney’s record in Massachusetts was one of fewer jobs, higher taxes, more debt, and bigger government. And now he is embracing the same failed policies that created the economic crisis and closed the plant where he held his event today: tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires and letting Wall Street write its own rules.If Mitt Romney wants to ensure the American people that he will ‘tell the truth,’ he might want to start by getting a new speechwriter.
That was followed by a research document disputing the claims in Romney's speech, that was sent out to reporters under the subject line "Mitt Romney's Aversion to the Truth."
Part of the Obama message has long been that you can't trust the words coming out of Romney's mouth. But this strikes me as a ratcheting-up of that argument, and it's worth watching whether Chicago continues to sharpen the edge on that part of its contrast message."
[In other words, Mitt Romney, a devote Mormon, is a liar!]