Romney running mate's speech 'deceiving' – Fox News
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign hit an unexpected speed-bump this morning: pointed criticism from Fox News – the Murdoch-owned conservative broadcaster that is usually squarely in the Republican camp.
In an opinion piece, Fox News' contributor Sally Kohn says Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan was "deceiving" in his speech to the party's convention in Tampa, Florida.
"To anyone watching Ryan’s speech who hasn’t been paying much attention to the ins and outs and accusations of the campaign, I suspect Ryan came across as a smart, passionate and all-around nice guy — the sort of guy you can imagine having a friendly chat with while watching your kids play soccer together," Ms Ryan wrote.
"On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech."
Ms Kohn went on to claim Mr Ryan – who will be vice-president if Mr Romney wins in November – had made misleading statements on issues including the US's credit downgrade, Medicare and a GM plant shutdown, among others.
President Barack Obama has the Democrat's usual West and East Coast backing, while Mr Romney is strong in most of the South.
However, Mr Obama has the edge in many of the toss-up states, including Ohio and Florida.
If he maintains his narrow lead in those marginal states and others, it will lead to a large Electoral College victory – currently projected at 332 to 206.