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Topic: Alexander Wins

LIVE BLOG: Senator Alexander Wins

If there was a discrete moment that summed up the problem for Obama with this forum it was his exchange with Lamar Alexander, followed by the home runs by Reps. Dave Camp and Paul Ryan on the cost issue. On issues that can be clearly fact-checked and Obama isn’t willing to concede the obvious (his plan requires more expensive plans), the president simply can’t “win” the point. And the public generally gets the idea that he’s playing fast and loose with the facts.

Well, he is.

If there was a discrete moment that summed up the problem for Obama with this forum it was his exchange with Lamar Alexander, followed by the home runs by Reps. Dave Camp and Paul Ryan on the cost issue. On issues that can be clearly fact-checked and Obama isn’t willing to concede the obvious (his plan requires more expensive plans), the president simply can’t “win” the point. And the public generally gets the idea that he’s playing fast and loose with the facts.

Well, he is.

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