I don’t mean to sound picky, and Mitt Romney has told plenty of more important shameless lies recently, but I couldn’t help but notice that the former Massachusetts governor couldn’t even introduce himself in last night’s debate without telling a falsehood.

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For context, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer began last night’s event welcoming the audience and saying, “I’m Wolf Blitzer and yes, that’s my real name. I’ll be your moderator this evening.”

About a minute later, the audience heard from the ostensible frontrunner: “I’m Mitt Romney and yes, Wolf, that’s also my first name.”

No, actually it’s not. Romney’s first name is “Willard.”

For a guy who’s developing a reputation for dishonesty, this won’t help.

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Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.