September 25th, 2012
06:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: My ads have been 'spot on'

Vandalia, Ohio (CNN) – Mitt Romney defended his campaign's television ads Tuesday, saying they've been "absolutely spot on," including ads deemed false by independent fact checkers.

"Anytime there's been anything that's amiss we correct it or remove it," Romney told CNN.

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Ads from Romney's campaign have hammered President Barack Obama for supposedly "gutting welfare" by removing the work requirement from the federal assistance program.

An independent and non-partisan fact-checking organization, PolitiFact, rated the ad's claim as "Pants on Fire." CNN also rated the ad 'false." And the Obama campaign, the White House and former President Bill Clinton, who signed the original legislation into law, all attacked the Romney spot, saying the claims were false and misleading.

On Tuesday, Romney said those analyses were flawed.

"It has been shown time and again that the president's effort to take work requirement out of welfare is a calculated move, the same thing that he did in regard to food stamps," Romney said.

Pushed on the fact checks that claim Romney's ads are false, the GOP nominee maintained that Obama's administration was making a concerted move to remove work requirements from welfare.

"You look at the facts," Romney said. "Did he take the work requirement out of welfare?"

The Obama administration directive, issued July 12, allows individual states to experiment with changes to their welfare-to-work programs, which are federally funded. The intent, according to the directive, is to "challenge states to engage in a new round of innovation that seeks to find more effective mechanisms for helping families succeed in employment."

The welfare-to-work program affected by the directive – the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – was created by the welfare reform law signed by Clinton in 1996. That measure was considered a win for conservatives, who long pushed for a provision that required work training for Americans receiving government assistance.

The Obama administration argues the potential changes would help people move quickly from welfare rolls to paying jobs by reducing burdensome requirements, including excessive paperwork.

Romney said Tuesday that argument was bogus.

"You always have the capacity to add work," Romney said. "There's never been a requirement that you can't have more work. The requirement that they're waiving was saying that people don't have to work to get welfare. That's the change that they proposed. I disagree with that direction."

"Taking work requirements out of government assistance is a very bad course to take and creates a culture of dependency," the Republican nominee concluded. "We help people who need help, we want to help people who need help, but the idea of removing work requirements I think is a mistake."

In Tuesday's interview, Romney also hammered Obama again for suggesting that recent events in the Middle East, including the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, were merely "bumps in the road."

"I'm not sure what developments in the Middle East he would consider bumps in the road," Romney said. "I consider the developments in the Middle East a very troubling course."

The GOP candidate also said Obama's wasn't treating Iran "like the pariah that they are," saying more could be done to prevent the nation from developing nuclear weapons.


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  1. Yolie Scott

    How can romney even attempt to run the White House when he has to have his wife tell the people who are picking on him to "STOP IT'". He is such a wimp of a man along with that little weasel ryan – its amazing he knows how to get from one city to another. He knows absolutely nothing about Foreign Policy. In his own words "I'm a business man" where does he feel he has the experience of being the President of the United States.

    September 25, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Pat in IL

    Do you really think we are so stupid that we will believe what comes out of your mouth just because you said it? You and your staff and advisors are starting to believe your lies, but we are not, and we can prove te lies and spins.

    September 25, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Sinator

    Oh, please. If you were Pinocchio your nose could be the next Mars explorer.

    September 25, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Dave

    No, Romney's ads are chock full of lies and he knows it. Judging by the latest poll, it's obvious that the voters know this as well.

    September 25, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. USwatcher

    Romney campaign will NOT be held accountable by FactCheckers.

    September 25, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. rocinante

    Romney is a true politician. He's going to lie. And then when you confront him with his lies, he's going to lie even more to try to cover the intiial lies.

    September 25, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Captain Obvious

    When you live in an alternate reality where facts have no relevance and airplanes should have windows that roll down, then yes Mitt, your ads have been spot on.

    September 25, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. AFact

    Spot on lies by someone who will say anything to get votes.

    September 25, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Tom

    Romney is desperate. Romney is throwing everything he can against the wall hoping something sticks. The sign of a truly desperate man with a campaign that has nothing to offer but constant slander.

    September 25, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. BillSD33

    Mitt, one question.. What should Obama have done. You have complained and pointed fingers but as of yet have not given any solutions. Please, just once.

    September 25, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Elizabeth

    His ads show the degree of mendacity he has. Nobody else has ever run for President who put their money in foreign banks.

    September 25, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. denise

    Mitt needs to drop the R beside is name to a D. He and his campaign are delusional and in denial. FORWARD. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 25, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    OK. So romney's a bold faced liar. What else is new? He's a sorry dirtbag who will lie, cheat, and steal to become POTUS. He just ain't got what it takes.

    September 25, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. tommy pt

    Get Mitt a job in a pretzel factory since he is so good at twisting the facts. Do we really want such a dishonest person as our president no matter how much the right wingers hate him? And you thought George W was a mistake.

    September 25, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Eric Lockhart

    Hey Mitt Romney: About that poll released today showing YOU trailing President Obama in Ohio by eight points...SIR, YOU BUILT THAT!!

    September 25, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Dee

    YEAH SPOT ON.. Spot on LIES! haha

    September 25, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Ben Jordan

    "You look at the facts," Romney said. "Did he take the work requirement out of welfare?"

    The answer: NO Sometimes I wonder if he even knows he is lying...

    September 25, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    The potential lier in chief lies again .romney should just get on the gop clown bus and go home ,where ever that is ????????

    September 25, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. RSmith

    Spot on? Is this guy a comedian on the side? :-)

    September 25, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. YouveGotToBeKiddingMe

    Mitt Romney defended his campaign's television ads Tuesday, saying they've been "absolutely spot on"

    "Anytime there's been anything that's amiss we correct it or remove it," Romney told CNN.

    And that sums up this whole campaign...no we haven't lied at all...except when we did...

    September 25, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. cincinnatidavid

    Romney's ads prove what a clown he is.

    September 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. DocHollywood

    Romney either suffers from denial, or he's one of the most ignorant candidates to ever run for office. His ads are full of false claims, and his campaign manager has already said that they wouldn't be affected by "fact checkers", an admission that his ads are full of untruths. America doesn't need this man at the helm.

    September 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. ctbeckyw

    Yeah. They are totally accurate unless you count those fact thingies.

    September 25, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. TDIAS

    This guy Romney is a blatant liar. And if Flip Flopping were an Olympic Sport this guy would win more gold medals than Michael Phelps.

    September 25, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Steve

    Lying about his lies. It would be news if Romney told the truth.

    September 25, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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