September 25th, 2012
06:07 PM ET
10 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. Don

    Politicians lie. A politician who lies to this level in the pregame will be worse in the actual game. A politician who lies to himself can never be trusted because he believes his own lies. Romney is technically not lying…because he believes his own lies and that of his campaign. That makes him more dangerous.

    September 26, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  2. tepeters

    Romney is at the spit ball stage of a failing campaign-throws everything he can to see if it sticks.

    September 26, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  3. Ray Tucker

    Romney's a liar and he knows it. Think about it. Work for your welfare? Where? If there was a job, you'd take it What happens is recipients perform tasks normally performed by staff and municipalities get labor at less than 10% of minimum wage and violates contracts of regular amounts to slave labor. Under POTUS plan, there's job training, not slave labor. Romney wants to humiliate ppl during hard times (minorities) and destroy their dignity. Its baloney and Romney's ad is propaganda

    September 26, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  4. Wirius

    If Romney is going to lie even when we all know the facts, how can we trust him when we won't know all the facts?

    September 26, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  5. alloydflanagan

    Romney and Ryan are both liars. Forget conservative or liberal - why should we trust these guys to hold any office?

    September 26, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  6. Truth Teller

    Pants on Fire Mr Romney, your hypocrisy is showing!

    September 26, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  7. Nick

    Concur. Romney's ads are not filled with lies like we see in Obama's.

    September 26, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |

    We Lie until we get caught, then we spin the lie, you know no better then a drug dealer!

    September 26, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  9. Papersbrim

    Sorry Mittens a back seat president is the closest you'll get!

    September 26, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  10. danita

    If obama can run dumb adds that a person killed someone, then I don't think there's any other adds we need to worry about...

    September 26, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. Patrick

    .."An independent and non-partisan fact-checking organization, PolitiFact, rated the ad's claim as "Pants on Fire." CNN also rated the ad 'false." .. " Any stated judgement by CNN by default lacks credibility based on their track record. As far as 'Polifact' (I just love the catchy names the left wing assigns to themselves) goes, their 'factual' gathering organization and resources certainly do not qualify the service as being independent. Politicalticker... might just as well run the line 'Hey man, this is no lie!' . That would be just as hard hitting in constructing an equally trustworthy foundation to this story.

    September 26, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  12. DixonIV

    I found myself agreeing with Romney for the first time during his speech at the Clinton Initiative. He still had to repeat some inacurate and outright lies during the speech, but not to the degree he usually does. What scares me about this guy is not only who he will owe from this campaign if he is elected, but also the fact that in the face of facts he still holds to the nonsense his campaign puts out. It seems to me that is how we ended up in a war in Iraq. He has some good ideas and should run on those and not the nonsense. If he really doesn't understand what Obama is really saying then how does anyone expect he will understand a leader from another country?

    September 26, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  13. T from chi heights

    1st Romney is critical of the 47% who is milking the government dry,according to him, but when Obama initiated a plan to help prevent life long public assistance by getting them training for work Romney says he gutted welfare. Kinda odd that you care about them now, its like you cant win with Republicans. I applaud our president for accepting that there is abuse being done & most citizens on assistance would LOVE to work. Shame on Mutt for crying foul when "its not your job to worry about them"

    September 26, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  14. billNY

    How can anyone with a straight face say politifact is non-partisan? That's the biggest joke of this piece.

    September 26, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  15. dahdit

    Lying to make a point is one thing, believing your own lies is something altogether different.

    September 26, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  16. Iamwoman6

    You say Obama had different intentions, but did he remove the work requirement from welfare? Yes, he removed it. The work requirement was very effective in getting people off welfare and back to work.

    We can't prove what his intentions were. Obama did something that gives the appearance that he is pandering to people who get free money from the government, on order to get their votes. Why would he do it now if it weren't to get votes?

    September 26, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  17. Just Me

    What do you expect from a liar in chief CNN? Furthermore, desperate people resort to desperate things. Romney knows by now that as we are approaching the 4th inning of this election, his hopes of become POTUS is going up in smoke by the day, so it does not surprise me in the least that he has resorted to lies. He is the chief liar, and his side kick Ryan everyone knows by now is Lying Ryan.

    Cannot wait for November 6 to send these two lying hyenas packing where Romney himself can "self deport" to one of those countries he hides his money to evade American taxes that he so hypocritically want the 47% of us to pay. It should be an early night on November 6th as it will all be over for this lying duo as soon as the networks placel Florida or Ohio in the D column.

    September 26, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  18. Evan

    Mr Romney needs to find in the dictionary the meaning of
    and a few other words, or maybe save some time and just look up this one: Swindler

    September 26, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  19. ForGoodOfAll

    Romney is an elitist. He does not understand nor have compassion for those who are not elitists like himself.

    September 26, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  20. Pat

    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. Yes, Mitt, that sure worked with Iraq. Let's antagonize the buggers until they strike out. Then we can invade! With real troops! Oh, boy. More big times for Haliburton!

    September 26, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  21. Judy

    What a pathetic individual. His ads have been proven false but he just can't accept it. I think he is delusional.

    September 26, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  22. rswfire

    This guy really has no shame at all. It is truly amazing just how far he will go to try to win this election. All I can think is that if he were to succeed, we would have yet another president that will avoid transparency, escalate our conflicts overseas, and decimate the majority of Americans in this country. He is becoming more and more frightening every day. He stands in stark contrast to the principles this country was founded. This man has no moral fiber at all. Absolutely frightening this is who Republicans picked to represent themselves.

    September 26, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    If this was Russia or China, Romney, Ryan, the GOT and the Bush cabinet would have been hanging in the gallows for treason, conspiracy to undermine our democracy, war crimes and mass murder.

    September 26, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  24. RKN

    Romney is so out of touch with reality.
    If he believes something he thinks it should be a fact – maybe because he is so rich.
    Will he finally give up when he loses in Nov? I hope so.

    September 26, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  25. Paul

    This guy does not know what truth is. He's a spoiled kid that never grew up. He does not know what hard times are and thus does not know what the American people are going through. I can see it happening: one day, like the Arab spring, there will be an American spring.

    September 26, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
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