TELL US: Did Romney Bring Notes to the Debate?

What was that coming out of his pocket? Some suspect he was cheating. What do you think?

A slow motion video clip of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney taking something out of his pocket before the start of the Oct. 3, debate in Denver is exploding across the Internet and Twitter with allegations that the candidate brought notes to the debate, which some consider cheating.

In the clip, as Romney approached the podium, he took something white or off-white out of his right pants pocket and placed it on the podium before the start of the debate.

According to the Commission on Presidential Debate rules, candidates are not allowed to bring notes to the podium.

Democrats and progressives who already think the worst of Romney believe that the clip is evidence that he cheated; Republicans are scoffing at the premise.

At least once during the debate, towards the end, Romney wiped the sweat off his upper lip with a handkerchief, before his closing statement, and the candidate didn’t appear to be looking down at the podium as much as President Barack Obama was.

Patch has contacted the Romney campaign to get confirmation on what the item was coming out of his pocket.

What do you think? Did Romney bring notes to the debate? Or that just a hanky? Was it cheating? Does it even matter? Leave a thought in the comment section of the post. 

Rightisright October 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Really, his is the best the left an come up with? First, the President was suffering from altitude sickness, now they try to pass this off as "cheating? How about the President and his minions (like Chris "I get a thrill up my leg" Mathues did) and just admit that W/ Mitt Romney was better in this debate, appeared to be better prepaired and knew this was not going to be a cakewalk with Jim Leher loosing control of he format and equal time for the candidates (Mr. Obama had 4 min. more overll).
NH Dad October 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Are you serious!? Get over yourselves. Obama choked because he was forced for the first time since 2008 to actually speak without the words being fed to him by a teleprompter. Every campaign stop. Every speech. He never says anything that isn't feed to him by someone else. Face it, 58 million Americans who tuned in to the debate came to the realization that four the past four years we've been governed by a teleprompter.
John Buba October 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM
This is the Chicago way: Obama won his senate race by disclosing Court SEALED divorce proceedings about his opponent. Mr. Hussein Obama will now go negative like we have never seen in a presidential election. But Romney is squeaky clean - that Mormon background really helps him here; there is no dirt to find so Obama will make it up. Peggy Noonan said in her column today: That hissing sound you hear is the air coming out of the Obama balloon.
Lannie P. October 06, 2012 at 11:01 AM
The rules of any debate are strictly enforced as well as negotiated prior to the debates. Including lighting on the podium (to Regan's benefit over Mondale's so long ago). From what I understand (and what this big blown out fiasco is all about) is a ritual that Mitt Romney does before "every" debate. He walks out to the podium, locks eyes with his wife in the audience, TAKES A SMALL PIECE OF PAPER OUT OF HIS POCKET AND WRITES THE WORD "DAD" ON IT, then removes his wristwatch and places it on the podium for timing reference during the debate. I find all of it... The love of his wife, the remembrance of his father and his political struggles, and the effectiveness of keeping in check with his 2 minutes of response to all be admiral qualities. Wiping sweat from his upper lip? C'mon! Under the heat of those stage lamps, I'd be wringing out my suit. I'm an Independent who was concerned about Romney the past few months coming across like a mild mannered McCain. No longer is that the case.
mary p. ayer October 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Really!! You people at the Patch are just plain wrong and I didn't think it fare that you are constantly "one sided"--putting it mildly! This isn't right for the town to do this. Romney was so far superior and knowledgeable then Obama. Obama is showing his true colors---- can not do without a teleprompter. Romney is a born leader and a gentleman. Look at his record--I hope to GOD Romney is our next president---inspite of people like you!!
Jeanne gavin October 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Did anyone see all the "note" sections of the video??? Believe it, it was more than a hanky...
Jeannie G. October 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
You can definitly tell the Republicans in these comments...hehe
Archie Bunker October 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is a great example of why the main stream media can no longer be counted on to act as an impartial news source. I urge your readers to google Pat Cafdell, a former Carter publicist who has spoken up about this subject and has declared the main stream media an enemy of the American people. Thanks Patch for proving yourselves to ne less than worthy of pur attention!
NH Dad October 06, 2012 at 02:37 PM
And you can also tell whose drinking the Obama Kool-Aid. If Romney had performed as poorly The media would be Hammering the final nail into Romneys coffin. Instead we get more excuses
Elise October 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Are you serious! What a completely proposterpus, ignorant, "reaching" thing to say about Mr Romney- our next President! Did you know Mr Romney graduated top of his class from Harvard Business and Law school. If he cheated at Harvard, then I'm sure your creative, lack-luster imagination will have something more ridiculous to write about- if not, take a load off and educate yourself before you post such insanity-
Joanne Evans October 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Your new outlet is obviously biased in publishing such outrageous garbage! Joanne Evans
Sharon Russick October 06, 2012 at 08:40 PM
The only way Romney can function is by lying, cheating, and deceit. Romney keeps a great deal of his money in the Cayman Islands and Swiss bank accounts to avoid paying U.S.A. taxes while he is running for President of this country. How can anyone support that as being honest? And Romney's despicable remark about 47% of the American people not being worth his time and effort is proof of his arrogant, greedy, spineless personality. Romney is not fit to run for any political office. It amazes me that people can't see through his flimsy facade.
Jeannie G. October 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Well...Thank heaven there is at least one other person making comments who does not have blinders on....
Wind Surfer October 07, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Yes, I think he had notes. But it isn't nearly as meaningful as his status, which is a pretty-boy lightweight who has extremely good sales skills, who wants to deprive us of good governance, by through any means getting our vote. Like Scott Brown, he provides little value for our future, but does look good and can lie faster than we can keep up
Lannie P. October 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Wow...I didn't know Elizabeth Warren was a "Wind Surfer"! Take a deep breath Liz.
Betty Dew October 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
AMEN, Sharon! And taking what are clearly notes out of his pocket IS cheating. Rules do not apply to Romney, never have. Take a look at his "service" during Viet Nam. How many people do you know or who we have ever even heard of who protested FOR that war - but then opted out in France? I have no trouble with the opting out, but only if done to PROTEST that war, not to duck it.
Joyce Leach October 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
First of all, seems ridiculous that you wouldn't be able to bring notes due how much content these debates entail. Certainly doesn't sound like CHEATING. Secondly, if you watch a replay of when Romney was making strong points against our current president's policies, Obama was looking down and it sure looked like he was writing which should not be illegal. The liberals are just looking for excuses due to Obama's poor performance.
Barbara Anderson October 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Right. He was dumb enough to cheat in front of millions of people with cameras all around him. LOL. Let's all play "silly rumor": I heard that when the camera was off him, Obama was sucking on an oxygen supply to help him deal with the "altitude".
Lannie P. October 07, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Touché ! Just made me laugh out loud!


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