As you can see, Romney’s statements are judged less true than Obama’s overall, and 9% of Romney’s statements earn a “Pants on Fire” rating (that is, they are judged to be egregious lies) compared with Obama’s 1% rating. Out of the 379 statements by Obama that PolitiFact examined, over 46% were judged True or Mostly True, while of Romney’s 140 statements, only 31% were judged True or Mostly True. There were 28% of Obama statements judged Mostly False, False, or Pants on Fire, with Romney’s statements coming in at 41%. I’ve skipped the category of “Half True” in the above because it seems too subjective to me: if a statement is half true, it must also be half false. Still, Romney had 28% of his statements judged Half True, while Obama came in with slightly less at 25%.
The devil’s in the details, of course, and one could spend a good long time on PolitiFact parsing and praising or disputing these ratings. But the overall picture is clear: Romney lies more often than Obama. We’ll see how all this plays out in the debates….