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This week in Truth Team

If you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth."
—President Obama

In both the first presidential debate and the week since, Mitt Romney has tried to convince the American people he’s someone other than the “severely conservative” candidate who has spent the past six years running for president on dangerous ideas that would hurt the middle class, women and seniors. These are not flip-flops—they are deliberate attempts to hide the real Mitt Romney to win an election.

This week, Romney attempted to hide his extreme positions on a woman’s right to choose. He has previously said he’d be “delighted” to sign a federal bill banning all abortions and called Roe v. Wade “one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history.” But on Wednesday he tried to obscure his real position, telling the Des Moines Register that there’s “no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”

Compare that to Mitt Romney’s “pro-life pledge,” in which he clearly stated, “I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade.”

Here are ten things you need to know about Romney’s extreme stances on women’s rights.

In what was at least his seventh attempt to reboot his foreign policy platform, Mitt Romney gave a “major” foreign policy speech in Virginia. But once again, Romney failed to offer any meaningful specifics about his plan. Take a look at how experts and newspapers across the country reacted to Romney’s remarks.

No matter how many times he tries to articulate his reckless and clumsy foreign policy, Romney has already failed the commander-in-chief test. Watch this video on Romney’s foreign policy missteps.

In Iowa, Mitt Romney told a series of falsehoods about the President’s plan for rural America. Take a look at where the candidates actually stand on five important issues that affect rural Americans.

In a clash between forthright facts and authentic conviction on one side and glib lines and empty promises on the other, Joe Biden clearly won Thursday’s vice presidential debate with Paul Ryan by making the case that he and President Obama are the only candidates who will restore middle-class security.

Check out some of the highlights:

And read the reviews.

While Joe Biden repeatedly exposed the extreme risk that Romney-Ryan economics poses for the American middle class and our leadership in the world, Paul Ryan doubled down on false, debunked attacks. From hiding the truth on plans that hurt the middle class to a troubling silence that should give every woman pause, Congressman Ryan found himself thirsting for answers time and again. Watch this video to see some his most egregious claims.

When Mitt Romney meets President Obama on Tuesday for their second debate, he’ll have an important choice to make: Will he continue to hide the truth, or will the real Mitt Romney defend his plans that are bad for women, seniors and the middle class?

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