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Senator asks if Obama had a 'a set-up dealí with CNN moderator Crowley
Life Site News ^ | October 18, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON

Posted on 10/18/2012 1:04:46 PM PDT by NYer

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Critics of CNN moderator Candy Crowley’s performance in the second presidential debate Tuesday night claim that it is part of a larger pattern that sees Democrats consistently receiving more time to speak, being interrupted less often, and being asked fewer probing questions than their Republican challengers.

Republicans have cried foul after Crowley wrongly corrected Mitt Romney’s statement that Barack Obama did not refer to the assault on the Libyan embassy as an act of terrorism. A transcript indicates Obama did use the term “act of terror” the day after the attack, but in reference to 9/11, not Benghazi.

“I’ve never seen a moderator in a major debate interfere with the two people and take one side and indicate the other one was not telling the truth,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK. “I think it was orchestrated.” 

“Did the president willfully lie, and was that a set-up deal with Crowley?” Senator Inhofe asked

Shortly after the debate, Crowley admitted that Mitt Romney was “right in the main.” Later Wednesday, she stepped back, denying that she had acted inappropriately, adding she didn’t think her statement was “a leap.” 

The incorrect correction broke Romney’s momentum on what should have been his strongest attack of the debate.

The statement represented only the most memorable facet of what critics see as Crowley’s biased performance.

The veteran CNN journalist interrupted Mitt Romney 28 times, Barack Obama only nine, in keeping with a pro-Democratic pattern that holds true throughout all 2012 debates so far.

Moderator Matha Raddatz interrupted vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan 15 times, but cut off Joe Biden only five. Biden himself erratically interjected himself into nearly all of Ryan’s answers. 

Crowley, who has a history of pro-abortion statements, personally vetted all questions the candidates were asked. According to one analysis, since the advent of the town hall debate, moderators have chosen liberal questions over conservative questions by a margin of two-to-one. Some say the same pattern held true last night. 

At all three debates, Democrats have received more speaking time than Republicans.

President Obama spoke for 44 minutes, four seconds Tuesday night, while Romney talked only for 40 minutes, 50 seconds.

In the first presidential debate Obama spoke for three minutes, 14 seconds longer than Mitt Romney. Joe Biden got one minute, 22 seconds more speaking time than Paul Ryan. Altogether, the Democrats have enjoyed nearly nine minutes more debate time than their Republican counterparts. 

Rush Limbaugh mentioned the Crowley controversy on his radio show Wednesday, saying, “She committed an act of journalistic terror or malpractice last night. If there were any journalistic standards, what she did last night would have been the equivalent of blowing up her career like a suicide bomber.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 10/18/2012 1:04:51 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

TelePrompTer was not allowed in the debate,
so they gave obummer a “tell-him-prompts-her” instead!


2 posted on 10/18/2012 1:08:32 PM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it)
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To: NYer
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3 posted on 10/18/2012 1:09:27 PM PDT by baddog 219
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“Did the president willfully lie, and was that a set-up deal with Crowley?” Senator Inhofe asked.

Set up!

Obama was tipped off ahead of time by Crowley. Crowley knew the questions in advance and brought along the Rose Garden transcript. That does not add up. She had to have tipped off Obama ahead of time. Here's the transcript:


MR. ROMNEY: Yeah, I — I certainly do. I certainly do. I — I think it’s interesting the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack, he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror. You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please proceed.

MR. ROMNEY: Is that what you’re saying?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please proceed, Governor.

MR. ROMNEY: I — I — I want to make sure we get that for the record, because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Get the transcript.

MS. CROWLEY: It — he did in fact, sir.

So let me — let me call it an act of terrorism — (inaudible) —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy? (Laughter, applause.)

MS. CROWLEY: He did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.


Notice, that when Romney began his response, Obama sat on his stool, calm and composed like a cat waiting to strike. He even responds to Romney by saying: Please proceed, governor.

It was a setup.

How did Obama know that Crowley had the transcript?!!


4 posted on 10/18/2012 1:09:52 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

The transcript?? Why did she happen to have the transcript?? And opened to the right page??
Somebody should at least ask.


5 posted on 10/18/2012 1:11:13 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice (education reform)
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To: NYer

Obama to Crowley; “Read the transcript...”

WTF?


6 posted on 10/18/2012 1:11:34 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: NYer
CNN. The most busted news source.
7 posted on 10/18/2012 1:11:50 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: NYer; pookie18
OBAMA ROMNEY CHECK
8 posted on 10/18/2012 1:12:42 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: NYer

Of course she gave Obama the questions ahead of time too....how else would obombo be able to tell Candy to check the transcript and she has it right there in front of her


9 posted on 10/18/2012 1:13:00 PM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: NYer
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Obama tells Candy Crowley ‘get the transcript’ –she reads from transcript during debate (thread)

10 posted on 10/18/2012 1:13:39 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: NYer

Wow. No one could have expected this when the completely fair moderator list was announced.


11 posted on 10/18/2012 1:13:39 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (I'm anti-socialism because I'm anti-slavery.)
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To: NYer

” “I’ve never seen a moderator in a major debate interfere with the two people and take one side and indicate the other one was not telling the truth,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK. “I think it was orchestrated.”

YES

“Did the president willfully lie, and was that a set-up deal with Crowley?” Senator Inhofe asked.

YES


12 posted on 10/18/2012 1:15:04 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: NYer

ya..she had the tele promtper or a wire..


13 posted on 10/18/2012 1:17:13 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: NYer

Thank you. I missed the “Please proceed” business among all the other clues. Obviously Obama was waiting for Romney to actually make his accusation clearly instead of just asking “Is that what you are claiming?”

Since he was quick to jump in, even interrupting, every other time something was said that he didn’t like, he WANTED this accusation to be made.


14 posted on 10/18/2012 1:18:29 PM PDT by firebrand (Beware of wishful thinking--the mousetrap of small minds.)
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To: NYer

Don’t blame Crowley, Romney APPROVED HER AS MODERATOR.

I don’t blame Crowley ,I blame the fool that HIRED Crowley.


15 posted on 10/18/2012 1:19:25 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: NYer
SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!:

How did Obama know that Crowley had the transcript?!!

16 posted on 10/18/2012 1:22:21 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for.......That's whay I said it..............)
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To: NYer

That whole exchange dovetailed in a way that was just a little too tidy.

It seemed almost professionally stage-managed.


17 posted on 10/18/2012 1:23:20 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: NYer

That whole exchange dovetailed in a way that was just a little too tidy.

It seemed almost professionally stage-managed.


18 posted on 10/18/2012 1:24:04 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: NYer

Exactly. It’s costing him in the polls because the audience gets it.


19 posted on 10/18/2012 1:24:04 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: NYer

All on air personnel for news networks have an earpiece so their producers and handler’s can give them timing info give them direction give them questions to ask etc. Did someone at CNN give her instructions in the debate to correct Romney. If they did then there would be a good chance she would respond automatically. Since she personally went after Axlerod exactly as Romney did that might explain why she immediately tried to walk it back a little. If there was someone whispering in her ear. Who was it?

Also I think we should see the entire list of questions she had to choose com. Were there better questions or subjects that a lot of the audience was interested in? What was the skewer of the questions. We know CNN has a history of plants and Gallopnis being sued by Obama’s politicized Justice Department.


20 posted on 10/18/2012 1:25:47 PM PDT by airedale
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To: NYer; RoosterRedux
Send to Senator Inhoffe:

Obama already knew Kerry Ladka who asked a question about Benghazi at the debate


21 posted on 10/18/2012 1:26:23 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

“And opened to the right page??”

Not only opened to the right page, but it would have had to be highlighted as well considering Crowley wouldn’t have had time to search for it.


22 posted on 10/18/2012 1:28:01 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: NYer

The ‘please proceed’ comment was all you need to know. It was a set up from the get go. And Candy Crowley has absolutely NO journalistic credibility. How cheap did you sell you soul for, Candy?


23 posted on 10/18/2012 1:30:17 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: sanjuanbob

And the topic of he next debate will be foreign policy, so the lame new excuse of cutting off off-topic discussion will not apply.

Romney will be able to focus on Benghazi next time.


24 posted on 10/18/2012 1:31:18 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: NYer
Actually, it is worse than that.

Watch the video closely at the beginning of the question on Libya. Right after Crowley names the questioner, Obama turns to him directly and greets him by name -- before the questioner even stood up and identified himself.

It was a complete setup. Obama knew the question was going to be asked, and knew who was going to ask the question.

25 posted on 10/18/2012 1:31:57 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: NYer

Someone from the Romney camp needs to ask Obama point blank whether he had “any foreknowledge whatsoever about the questions for the townhall debate”. Candy promising that the candidates haven’t “seen” the questions is narrow phrasing that in no way means that they don’t know what the questions are.


26 posted on 10/18/2012 1:33:26 PM PDT by gatechie
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To: NYer

1. Selected questions.
2.. Unfair allocation of time.
3. Orchestrated interruptions (AFTER OBAMA SAID, “CANDY”) every time Romney was going to make his point.
4. Camera angles favoring THE ONE.
5. Cutaway to show MOOSHELL clapping in violation of the rules.
6. Audience applause after Obama scored points.
7. Benghazi gotcha.
8. Stage theatrics: “Show him the transcript, Candy”—Then he turns and walks imperiously away leaving Romney dazed and stuttering.

This was a production of the Obama Campaign— a carefully scripted and shot fantasy to obscure the failure of the most odious ONE. It was collusion and very well may have been criminal.


27 posted on 10/18/2012 1:35:59 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: NYer
Old Rino crap weasel Mitch McConnell probably chewing out Sen. Jim Inhofe on the phone right now.
Go Inhofe!!
28 posted on 10/18/2012 1:36:06 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: fhayek

What soul are you talking about?


29 posted on 10/18/2012 1:36:23 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: firebrand

The please proceed comment is a dead giveaway. If Obama thought Romney was actually going to score points he would`ve interrupted. That Obama says check the transcript and Crowley just happened to have that particular transcript is a joke. The media should be all over this rather than blabbering about binders.


30 posted on 10/18/2012 1:36:23 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Huskrrrr
Obama to Crowley: "Get the transcript." --She just happened to have it there , ready for prompting when he needed it

Then in front of millions of viewers misrepresents the issue...settled time to move along

31 posted on 10/18/2012 1:36:27 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: fhayek
How cheap did you sell you soul for, Candy?

The ability to abort her spawn if someone was desperate enough to mate with her successfully.

32 posted on 10/18/2012 1:37:57 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Cyman
Romney APPROVED HER AS MODERATOR.

Romney did not approve her...that is done by the Debate Commission..a weak body...look them up

all any candidate can do is refuse to debate

not much of an option

33 posted on 10/18/2012 1:40:47 PM PDT by wardaddy (my wife prays in the tanning bed....guess what region i live in...ya'll?)
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To: Cyman

Don’t blame Crowley, Romney APPROVED HER AS MODERATOR.

I don’t blame Crowley ,I blame the fool that HIRED Crowley.


Romney could not help himself....he’s a RINO...and we all know that RINOs go along to get along.

That’s why we are in the horrible shape we are in today.


34 posted on 10/18/2012 1:43:30 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: NYer
This ambush was planned by King Obama and his supporter and monitor Crowley. There is no doubt. What a corrupt bunch of lying rotten piece of garbage the entire Democratic organization has become. Not smart but just shameful. Democrats have no morals if they continue to support King Obama.
35 posted on 10/18/2012 1:44:52 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: NYer

Crowley would have done herself and other female “moderators-to-be” a huge service had she just allowed herself to be a “fly on the wall”.

Her incorrect interjection to Romney is exactly the reason that female moderators will continue to have low profile roles.

If there’s ever a “next time”, Candy, keep yer yap SHUT!!!


36 posted on 10/18/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: 5thGenTexan
After prompting from Obama....Crowley also interrupted Romney from addressing F & F more.

Romney could bring it up in next debate, should also apply to foreign affairs given the spillover of violence from Mexico

37 posted on 10/18/2012 1:58:24 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: trappedincanuckistan

It was the ‘please proceed’ followed by the ‘ could you say that a little louder, Candy?’ comment at the end. He was squealing like a girl when he thought he had pulled off a debate coup. I bet that he could get a royal flush if he stacked the deck, but that would not make him a great poker player.


38 posted on 10/18/2012 2:05:49 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

It was that she happened to have that transcript right at her fingertips for me. How would Obama know she had that transcript


39 posted on 10/18/2012 2:08:53 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: firebrand

I think there’s an additional possibility - which is that a spy on the inside of the Romney campaign debate prep let them know that when Romney worked the issue of Benghazi into the debate, he wa gong to cite the Rose Garden talk.

Interestingly enough, Crowley herself, about two weeks after the attacks, pointed out that Obama hadn’t called the attack a terrorist attack in his Rose Garden speech, so she knew perfectly well that Romney was correct. However, they clearly knew how Romney was going to phrase this, and the fact that the words “act of terror” technically did occur in the talk (although in reference to 9/11) gave Crowley the leeway to stage this event. At the same time, it gave her deniability since she could just say that she had misremembered the context.

I think Romney had better check his debate prep participants and also have the room and surrounding areas inspected for listening devices.


40 posted on 10/18/2012 2:10:02 PM PDT by livius
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To: NYer
Republicans have cried foul after Crowley wrongly corrected Mitt Romney’s statement that Barack Obama did not refer to the assault on the Libyan embassy as an act of terrorism.

democrap debate rules; be sure the moderator is a whole hog democrap, go ahead and lie to damage your opponent then do not publicly respond once the truth comes out. Win win win for the dems. Repubs are stupid for allowing and accepting a democrap tainted moderator.

41 posted on 10/18/2012 2:16:02 PM PDT by drypowder
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: Get the transcript.

MS. CROWLEY: Yes, sir, Mr. President, sir.

So let me — let me call it an act of terrorism — (inaudible) —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy? (Laughter, applause.)

MS. CROWLEY: I’m sorry, Mr. President, sir. Please forgive me. I’ll do better next time. I’ll say it louder...


42 posted on 10/18/2012 2:18:32 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: baddog 219

Feed my fat a$$


43 posted on 10/18/2012 2:19:00 PM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: wardaddy
Warren Buffett’s son is on the commission.
44 posted on 10/18/2012 2:21:42 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: NYer
Why was anyone surprised? Candy Crowley was exactly what I expected her to be. She did about what I expected her to do. What was going to happen was obvious.

I used to think I was of about average intelligence, but I must be a genius.

45 posted on 10/18/2012 2:26:05 PM PDT by Savage Beast (The forces of decadence are the forces of evil.)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

The transcript?? Why did she happen to have the transcript?? And opened to the right page??
Somebody should at least ask.

++++++++++

My recollection: It was a single sheet of paper. It could not have been the full transcript. Draw your own conclusions from that.


46 posted on 10/18/2012 2:26:38 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Cyman
Do you think the Romney camp might have set this up to play out exactly the way it is? By agreeing to have all three Presidential debates run by raving lib moderators (and 1 raving lib doing the VP debate), all of the talk has been about how biased the formats have been, how many times the Republican candidate has been cut off, put down and harassed, it is really just showing how insane the current regime is.

The MSM can spin the content of what is being said in these debates, but it can't argue about the glaring bias that people are SEEING in these debates.

I think it couldn't be working any better for the R/R campaign.

47 posted on 10/18/2012 2:32:09 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: InterceptPoint

Actually, I watched this closely. She had a very small stack of papers, probably prompts for the intros and questions. During the Benghazi issue, it seemed as she shuffled through them. Right before Obama said “read the transcript” she held a paper in her hands, like she was offering it up. From what I could see in watching it again, she did not do that at any other time.


48 posted on 10/18/2012 2:35:01 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

See my post #4


49 posted on 10/18/2012 2:43:03 PM PDT by NYer
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To: justlurking
It was a complete setup. Obama knew the question was going to be asked, and knew who was going to ask the question.

Does anyone doubt whether Obama approved both debtates' questions beforehand and knew or knew of the "independent voters selected by CNN?

IMHO part of the reason Obama's numbers are falling like a concrete slab are due to the "help" he's been seen getting from the corrupt and untrusted liberal media. Deception the Obamabots think is hidden is, in reality, quite obvious to the average voter.

50 posted on 10/18/2012 3:01:14 PM PDT by MamaDearest (Being scammed once (Obama 2008), sad; being scammed again (Obama 2012) ignorance!)
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