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Did Romney Use a Forbidden 'Cheat Sheet' at the Debate? - VIDEO


A video of this week's presidential debate shows Romney pulling something out of his pocket that looks suspiciously like a piece of paper. His campaign says "it's a handkerchief". Others disagree.

Notes of any kind are not allowed, and DailyKos writes, "If he was seen to wipe sweat from his brow, the optics would have been very bad."

So, anybody see him use a hankie during the debate?

Watch the video of Romney pulling it from his pocket, AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t david mixner)

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  1. I would love to think he cheated, but I did see him wipe is face with a handkerchief at least once.

    Posted by: Nick | Oct 5, 2012 12:29:49 PM

  2. Doesn't seem to be a handkerchief. It bounces a bit when it hits the lectern. Although I suppose it could be a handkerchief with a lot of starch....

    Posted by: alb | Oct 5, 2012 12:33:44 PM

  3. Uuuuuh, I hate Romney as much as the next gay, but the link you provide in your own article has a clip of him using the handkerchief.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 5, 2012 12:35:47 PM

  4. No

    he wiped his nose later in the debate with the hankie

    Posted by: Moz's | Oct 5, 2012 12:40:18 PM

  5. Guys, it sucks Obama didn't dominate, but let's not go crazy conspiracy theorist here, if you watched the debate, you saw Romeny blot his face with a pocket square on at least two occasions. That is what that is. Only an absolute sociopath would attempt to violate a rule like that on live TV when cameras are covering you on on all sides.

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 5, 2012 12:41:47 PM

  6. You can write on a handkerchief, you know.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 5, 2012 12:43:47 PM

  7. I don't care either way, but can you imagine if Obama did this? They scream bloody murder over a woman saying Obama gave her a free phone...

    Posted by: jakke | Oct 5, 2012 12:48:15 PM

  8. @jason, yes exactly. only an absolute sociopath.

    Posted by: me | Oct 5, 2012 12:48:17 PM

  9. Yes, I was gonna say, why couldn't he have written on the handkerchief and also used it to wipe his head as a diversion.

    Posted by: belo | Oct 5, 2012 12:49:45 PM

  10. As a lifelong hankerchief user (white-don't read anything into that) I have wonder what man puts a hankerchief in his front pocket. Unless of course he has an open weepy sore on his circumsized cock. Eewwww Romney has syphlis!!!

    Posted by: drunker | Oct 5, 2012 12:50:07 PM

  11. Andy, if you go to the end of the debate when the families are coming onto the stage, Romney goes back to the lectern and picks-up whatever is on there as well. Hopefully, someone will review those tapes as well.

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 5, 2012 1:04:40 PM

  12. Obama, arrived the day of the debate with jet lag and had not adjusted to Colorado's altitude, wasn't in the best of shape to bring an A game to the debate.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Oct 5, 2012 1:10:14 PM

  13. Clearly, he had the Chinese manufacture a handkerchief with tiny, embroidered notes.

    Posted by: grench | Oct 5, 2012 1:18:47 PM

  14. Obama did his debate prep in Nevada at a golf resort. There was no jet lag involved.

    Here's what USA Today said: "Basically they're keeping me indoors all the time," Obama told a supporter on the phone during a visit to a Las Vegas area field office.

    "It's a drag," he added. "They're making me do my homework."

    To be sure, Obama also said he had a "great prep" yesterday, and "it was a lot of fun."

    Posted by: anon | Oct 5, 2012 1:29:45 PM

  15. It's definitely a handkerchief.. it looks like a folded hanky.. it flops on the lectern like fabric.... doesn't mean it was devoid of any sort of writing tho... lol

    Posted by: J | Oct 5, 2012 2:05:42 PM

  16. Sillies ~ it was simply a piece of Ann's magic underwear for good luck .... :)

    Posted by: wds | Oct 5, 2012 2:11:01 PM

  17. At the end of the debate Romney goes to the lectern and retrieves something and whatever it is, he gives it to his son, who then puts it in his inside suite jacket pocket. Pretty weird if he hands him his used handkerchief.

    Posted by: walbes | Oct 5, 2012 2:45:15 PM

  18. It's an oxygen inhaler disguised as a handkerchief with cheat notes written on it. Or something along those lines.

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 5, 2012 2:48:16 PM

  19. How low tech! Remember Bush Jr. used a radio receiver under his suit coat with Karl Röve backstage prompting the dummy.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 5, 2012 2:57:44 PM

  20. That is NOT a hankerchief. Check out 1:32:29 mark. He is collecting notes and after he tries to put it in his suit jacket later, it does not work, so he folds it and gives it to his son (not on link).

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYKKsRxhcro

    Posted by: walbes | Oct 5, 2012 3:06:24 PM

  21. If you stop the video as he puts the object down, roughly 14 seconds into the video, the object appears to be rectangular and given its size, too stiff to be a hankie. I'd have expected a hankie to bend more given that Romney seemed to be holding it on an edge. Also, the shape is way too rectangular, with what looks like 90 degree corners. You'd have to be really anal to fold a handkerchief that well and have it come out of your pocket without any changes.

    Also, most people don't take handkerchiefs out of their pockets until they need one.

    Romney's best excuse would be to claim it was a "good luck" note from his wife with nothing relevant to the debate on it.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 5, 2012 3:42:42 PM

  22. At end of debate I remember him running to the podium taking off what looks like that paper and then handing it to his son. Why would he hand a hanky to his son if he blew his nose?

    Posted by: JVC | Oct 5, 2012 4:35:32 PM

  23. what a Scroungy character romney is, well this guy will do anything to win the debate. hanky or no hanky..it seems that he knows what the question and he has a showmanship answer. he is just up to no good.

    Posted by: albertam | Oct 5, 2012 5:06:24 PM

  24. You know what appears to the best thing coming out of this debate? It's that the undecided voters don't seem to give a sh.t about Romney's "triumph". They were not impressed. Probably because he did so much lying and he came across as cheerfully evil. Oh, it made his Republican base orgasmic, but nobody else.

    Funny how things can change so quickly.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 5, 2012 5:16:08 PM

  25. Is there some physical property of hankies that prevents words from being written on them?

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 5, 2012 5:42:18 PM

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