A review of the debate tape reveals that, apparently, Mitt Romney needed a cheat sheet to keep the lies straight.
The rules of the presidential debates are clear about not bringing outside notes and presidents and aspirants have followed the rule for decades.
Video of the first eleven seconds of the debate available on YouTube shows Mitt Romney reaching into his pocket at the moment he is out of view of those in front of him, he used the lectern as a shield, and removing what appears to be folded papers from his pocket.
We see this because the camera that was broadcasting was behind Romney. Those in the audience and the moderator may have been shielded from his sleight of hand, but not the viewers.
The Romney Campaign says the “folded papers” was simply the candidate’s handkerchief. Buzzfeed shows the GOP candidate clearly wiping his nose with it later in the debate.
For the daily Kos crew, this is a horrible scandal as they normally wipe their noses on the Constitution or their sleeves.