AP analyzes Mitt’s “candor gap”

In the real world, one with a “candor gap” is usually called a liar:

As a presidential contender, Mitt Romney has the looks, the money and the campaign machine. He also has something of a candor gap.

“Something of a candor gap.” That’s just classic. More after the break.

Seems the AP has figured out that Mitt will say anything — even if what Mitt says doesn’t match reality:

When confronted with questions that might conflict with his message of the day or political record, the Republican candidate has shown a tendency to bob and weave or simply dismiss history. He has done so all year, providing an easy target for his opponents.

”If you aren’t being honest in obtaining the job, can we trust you if you get the job?” Romney rival Mike Huckabee asked on Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s ”Meet the Press.”

If you aren’t being honest, you are a liar. The Associated Press and Huckabee won’t use the L-word, but clearly both think Mitt’s been lying. Now, Mitt is lying. He just figured no one would call him on it.


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