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. 40acres

    Romney....the king of projection. He says if there is anything wrong in his ads they remove it......not from where I sit in Ohio. In fact, it appears that if it is false he puts out a couple more ads with the same statements.

    September 26, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  2. steven stevens

    this romney is the king of the blowhards...even in the face of nonpartisian fact check he will stick to his lies...the man is a sociopath....he has no idea of the reality of the things against both the worker and the poor that he has done....he i am sure would walk right over a bodythathas been worked to death...and would say it was for a good cause....

    September 26, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  3. PhilipD

    All ads, Dem or Rep should be cleared through a non partisan group. Course the PACs would figure a way around it.

    September 26, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  4. David McFarland

    Just the proof that he doesn't even know what is true.

    September 26, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  5. JD

    If you shoot before you aim, you never will unerstand the people. Romney seems to have a pattern in doing this. It's going to take more then lies and deception to become the President of the United States!

    September 26, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  6. Grahame Rhodes

    If the was a national emergency. Katrina for example.
    What do you really think Romney would do? Easy answer.......NOTHING

    September 26, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. Michelle

    Did you expect a liar to tell the truth about his lying?

    September 26, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. snowdogg

    What? Romney's ads misleading, false and distorting? Say it ain't so!

    September 26, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  9. Ron Rizzardi

    No Mr Romney the work requirement is still there.
    The states involved are going to manage the work requirements under this new arrangment.
    This would otherwise be known as less big government.

    September 26, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  10. Chuk

    This is desperation. Romney is now doubling down on the "say anything to get elected mode".

    September 26, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  11. JY

    Of course he defends his lie, do you think any republican would say sure I lie, so what?

    September 26, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    Which is, of course, just another lie. What more can you expect from someone whose party convention to nominate him based their slogan on a lie about something Obama said? Rmoney is desperate because this is his last dance with running for president and he is starting to lose, and his flailing and lying is only making his loss greater and faster.

    September 26, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  13. ToldUso

    Proving once again he has no concept of reality......

    September 26, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  14. ghost

    There are a lot of straws out there to grab. Grab as you may mitty, we will see you back in the private sector very shortly. Try again next time when you have some ideas of your own. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012......

    September 26, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  15. Zon

    Desparation is an ugly thing to watch in a politician.

    September 26, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  16. John

    Funny. No mention of Obama just the other day admitting that some of his own ads are over the top. It's no wonder that 60% of Americans distrust the media.

    September 26, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  17. Good job republicants

    This is no longer news. A few weeks into the national elections and Ronmey LLC. keeps running a low class campaign. Although neither side showed much class, Romney LLC. is the challenger and he should have known better.

    September 26, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  18. Don

    It is actually too late for M!tt to remove the false and misleading attack ads. He's already been publicly exposed as a liar too many times – to admit more lies or misrepresentations at this point would remove what little chance his campaign has left.

    Watch him continue to "double down" on confirmed lies and misrepresentations. He has little choice now.

    September 26, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  19. Vincent

    Enough with the Trickery and Deception. It time to come out and be BRAVE and COURAGOUS.

    September 26, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  20. Marto

    Romney is out of ideas even before he climbs the mantle!!!

    September 26, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  21. LS

    He's a stinker. Cannot stand him.

    September 26, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  22. NoTags

    I doubt that PolitiFact, CNN and former President Clinton are all wrong regarding Romney's ads.
    Romney's LDS church believes in a philosophy called 'Lying For The Lord' which in essence means that it is ok to lie, if it benefits or protects the LDS church.

    Romney believes in a philosophy called 'Lying For Romney' which in essence means that it is ok to lie, if it benefits the Romney/Ryan campaign. Romney and Ryan will say or do anything necessary to try to win the election and certainly won't let a little thing like the truth stand in their way.

    September 26, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  23. Robert

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

    This is we average Americans call a bald faced lie.

    September 26, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  24. bob

    Does Mr. Romney feel that the only people that hear his banter is the US? He needs to stop undermining the US efforts in order to show his "experience in Foreign Policy" This is not a place to push his policies These are real world affairs.

    September 26, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  25. greg

    From the NAACP and the Hispanic meetings where Romney stacked the audience with his supporters to the coal miners forced to attend a Romney rally. Romney is a fake and a fruad. A perfect representation of the GOP.

    September 26, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
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