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. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney the tax cheat ,lie and lie and lie some more , your starting to make lyin Ryan look good if that is possible. Not !!!!!

    September 25, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. bilk7

    Romney thinks his ads are "spot on"? He and his campaign are so delusional they wouldn't know the truth if it hit them in the face. We can not allow this guy anywhere near a decision-making position.

    September 25, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Chris

    Ads were "absolutely spot on," but you had to "correct" or "remove" things that were "amiss"?? Did you just say two opposing statements in one breath, or am I losing it?

    September 25, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. ghostriter

    Well, Mr. Romney, we did look at the facts. Even republicans have said you were wrong on this one. It is not removing the work requirement. It is no different from what governors were requesting. Including republican governors.

    It is just sad that even when confronted with the truth, Quick Draw here would rather sling comments for political points and ride with them. No matter how many times he's shown to be wrong.

    September 25, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. party over there

    This man is a liar in every conceivable language. He has no credibility with anyone with any degree of intelligence.

    September 25, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. nolongerarepublican

    Romney's ads have been spot on, on some planet, but unfortunately for Romney, this is Earth.

    September 25, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Thurston Howell and Lovie Howell

    Romney should remove all of his ads, they are all false.

    September 25, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Okey Alhaji.Alabama

    Its always war whenever Republican is in power so I am not surprise that Rommy wants to declare war on Iran instead of using diplomacy

    September 25, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. R

    Anyone feel like singing, "how great thou art?" This is a man who made his millions after letting go American qworkers while putting to work thousands of Chinese. Do you really believe him?

    September 25, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. ironfray

    Seems like that's all Romney knows.. attack attack trash talk attack attack. It's a sign of someone desperate.

    September 25, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Michael Johnson

    Mitt "lying for the lord" is acceptable within the Mormon Church but don't believe most Americans find your lies acceptable.

    September 25, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. michael

    Citizen: the sky is blue, Romney: the sky is gray, and never blue. Thus guy just loves to argue no matter what! State rights state rights, and when the president allows for state rights....we get this! Romney thank god your running!

    September 25, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Pow

    "we correct it or remove it"


    September 25, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Rob in MO

    Romney's ads are a pack of lies.

    September 25, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. jennifer

    Can not wait for this stupid election to be over with. Sick of listing to both of them more so Romney. He just has that money look gross.

    September 25, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. 200 TON HAMMER

    mittens your so right your ads have been spot on with flaws and flips and flops even the koch brothers dont know what you stand for try to spot on fact checking what
    your plans are for the 47% of americans mittens

    September 25, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Corey

    Nothing is worse than a person who cannot admit when they are wrong.

    September 25, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. kayla

    robme would not know the truth even if it hits him in his herman monster face

    September 25, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Brennan

    This is why people don't trust you. Not surprising that you wouldn't admit when you might be wrong.

    September 25, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Hillcrester

    Romney is that complex combination if sometimes being wrong about things he doesn't understand and sometimes lying about things he wishes weren't true.

    September 25, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Jack

    Oh, come on Mr. Romney, you not fooling this old conservative, that is almost a bold face lie! You and I know that you have to cater to the tea party and their group.

    September 25, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. ralph

    Your ads have been spot off!!

    September 25, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Bayousara

    There doesn't seem to be any topic that Romney approves of concerning Pres. Obama. Romney doesn't mind making comments about international situations even if it makes our president look bad to other countries. Instead of the constant sniping, I would like to hear Romney talk really SERIOUSLY about what HIS plans are to solve the problems he constantly brings up. I don't think he has any solutions. If so, why not share them with the people and Congress NOW, why wait till January?

    September 25, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. cl

    no they have not Its like you are talking to someone that is stupid but we are not..

    September 25, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. incredulous

    The only thing Romney seems more passionate about than money is lying.

    September 25, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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