At last night’s presidential debate, Republican nominee Mitt Romney stole the show.

But his performance required that he get a little bit creative with the truth. Throughout the course of the evening, Romney made exaggerated or simply false claims on a variety of issues, including Obamacare, clean energy and financial reform. We have them in a handy little round up for you below:

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  • Obama Doubled The Deficit

    When Obama took office in 2009, the deficit was projected to be $1.2 trillion during that year, and it <a href="">ultimately turned out to be $1.4 trillion</a>, according to Congressional Budget Office data cited by <em>The New York Times</em>. The deficit is expected to be $1.1 trillion for fiscal year 2012.

  • Obamacare Killed Jobs

    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that healthcare reform will reduce the health care industry's workforce <a href="">by only about 0.5 percent</a>, largely because workers will decide to retire early or work fewer hours. And if Romney's Massachusetts health care reform law is any indication, job loss won't be a big problem; employment trends in the state have mirrored national trends since Romneycare took effect.

  • Dodd-Frank Hurt The Housing Market

    The Dodd-Frank regulations aim to prevent another housing crash like the one that helped to cause the 2008 financial meltdown by <a href="">banning high-risk lending practices</a>, according to CBS News. In addition, the housing market has <a href="">been on a slow rebound</a> since Obama took office. If anything, it may be banks that are holding back the housing recovery. Many are <a href="">slow to lend</a> because they're concerned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will make them take back any bad loans, the <em>Wall Street Journal</em> reports.

  • Medicare Cuts

    The indirect effects of Obamacare have yet to be determined, since the law has yet to be implemented. But as the law is written now, <a href="">Obamacare doesn't cut seniors' benefits</a> as part of its plan to curb health care costs, according to <em>USA Today</em>. Obama's healthcare law would curb benefits to health care providers and insurers, but doesn't directly cut seniors' benefits. <a href="">Critics allege however</a>, that the cuts in payments would have the unintended consequence of hurting seniors because doctors would stop accepting Medicare patients, according to <em>USA Today</em>.

  • Health Care Panel

    Though Obamacare does create an independent board,<a href=""> the law prohibits the board</a> from making recommendations to "ration health care," or "otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility,” according to Bloomberg.

  • Employer-Based Health Insurance

    Some workers may switch from their employer-provided health plans, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but that number is more likely to be closer to <a href="">between 3 and 5 million</a> per year between 2019 and 2022.

  • "Trickle-Down Government"

    President Obama's proposed budget is estimated to <a href="">cut about $1.1 trillion</a> over the next 10 years and, so far, Obama has signed $2 trilion worth of spending cuts into law, according to Democratic Party Pollster Bernard Whitman.

  • Balancing The Budget

    President Bill Clinton managed to balance the budget during his time in office with a <a href="">tax boost for those in the top 2 percent </a>of earners, according to Duke professor William Chafe.

  • Adding To The Deficit

    Romney's tax plan would<a href=""> cost the country $4.8 trillion</a> over the next 10 years, according to Tax Policy Center data, cited by NBC News.

  • Clean Energy Failures

    Businesses that got government clean energy loans failed at a rate of <a href="">about 1.4 percent</a> at the end of 2011, according to <em>The Washington Pos</em>t.

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