Ken Zirkel / Flickr Barack Obama 2006...
Ken Zirkel / Flickr

Former President Barack Obama is out campaigning to get out the vote and to remind Americans how much better a politician can be than what we have right now. Speaking in front of a packed audience at North Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Obama made very clear the difference between the misinformation “spin” of Republican politicians and the outright lying that’s been going on during this election cycle. Governor Scott Walker has been lying everywhere about his support for pre-existing conditions protections. President Obama isn’t having it.

But what we have not seen before, in our recent public life at least, is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying. Making stuff up. Calling up down. Calling black white. That’s what your governor is doing with these ads, just making stuff up. What he’s saying is not true. And by the way, that’s what Republicans in Congress are doing all across the country, on this pre-existing condition thing, they are running ads everywhere saying, We are the ones protecting it. It’s not true. The president said he’d pass a middle-class tax cut before the next election. Congress is not even in session! He just makes it up. He says, I am going to protect your pre-existing conditions, while his Justice Department is in court right now trying to strike down those protections. That is not spin, that’s not exaggeration, that’s not trying to put a positive glow on things, that’s lying.

It’s hard to reach across the aisle to people voting for craven candidates like Scott Walker.

Watch a real president speak.

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