It's impossible to spend the larger part of six consecutive years campaigning for president of the United States of America without saying a lot. Some of what candidates say is inspiring, but most of it isn't. A lot of it is true, but only partially. On certain occasions, however, the words we hear are just plain false.
In a political world up to its neck in spin and half-truths, this "malarkey" or "baloney," if you will, stands isolated from fact. Sometimes it's told deliberately, other times it's accidental. On some occasions, it's apparently told in private to donors, and then completely disavowed later.
Whatever the reason or manner, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has managed to run a campaign laden with numerous completely, totally, 100 percent untrue statements.
The reason is simple: Romney says a lot of things that are objectively false. That's not a recent revelation. Steve Benen over at the Maddow Blog has put together an exhaustive chronicle of Romney's misadventures in truth-telling. He's written nearly 40 editions, and it's still growing. PolitiFact's webpage for Romney's "pants on fire" statements looks like a blazing inferno. Even the satirists at The Onion have called Romney out, joking that he's adopting a last-minute campaign strategy of just "lying more."
Below is our list of some of Romney's most prominent factually deficient statements, a number of which Romney repeats frequently. Give them a look, vote and tell us what we missed in the comments below.
Daniel Lippman, Ian Gray and Sarah Bufkin contributed reporting.