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. Cas

    The only thing spot on from you Romney is your flip-flopping.

    September 25, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Isn't there something inherently wrong with Romney saying his ads have been "spot-on," while at the same time admitting that there have been errors ("anything amiss") that have had to be corrected? You don't even have to read between the lines to figure it out.

    September 25, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Romney: My ads have been 'spot on' ?

    Especially the ad when Obama is portrad as the Jolly Green Giant holding a giant peapod and saying ho ho ho .

    If you were making a statement that Obama eats his veggies , yes your spot on !

    September 25, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Franky

    Wait, Wait ... the GOP guys are the ones that asked for this change so that "GOP Governers" could have more control over their welfare work requirements. Isn't Obama making government smaller here and letting the states do the deciding how to administer their monies, isn't that what conservatives want?

    September 25, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Joseph Smith

    Hmmm...I think Mitt's out of touch with reality. He can't even admit he's a liar.

    September 25, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Franky

    Where did Obama call Libya a bump and a road, lets get the context and exact qoute correct ....

    It would be great if he actually called Libya a bump in a road...
    The comment was a response to the ARab Spring and the general upheaval caused in the region in terms of government stability ... and Obama's response ,

    " I said even at the time this was going to be a rocky path, the question presumes that we could have stopped this wave change, I think the best thing to do was to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights, a notion people have to be able to participate in their own governance .... I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that their will be bumps in the road , in alot of these places the one organizing principle has been Islam, it's the one part of society that has not been controlled completely by the government , there are strains of extremism, and anti-Americanism, and Anti-Western sentiment that can be tapped into by demigogues."

    The idea that his comment had anything to do with specifically with Libya is ridiculous or that he was demeaning the events there are even more absurd, especially, in that the question was about the US role in the arab spring. Now go away Mittens and the rest of you neophytes. Talk about mis-use of context for a qoute and reaching.

    September 25, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Demigod Vadik, CA

    ....that tail spin is really bad...

    ...Romney even has to defend his ads now...

    ...double-down Romney, double-down, it's been working out GREAT for you so far...

    September 25, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Stan Marsh

    How about you fact check it before you run it!

    September 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Maeve

    Well, of course Romney wouldn't, couldn't lie! He just twists the truth when he can't completely turn away from facts because it's his and Anne's TURN to reside in the White House is all,...not that YOU PEOPLE would understand anything like that!

    September 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Jackson

    Um, if you have to say "Anytime there's been anything that's amiss we correct it or remove it" then your ads are NOT spot on. If they were spot on, they wouldn't need correction or removal.

    Just more of that Mitt double-speak.

    September 25, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Newtonslaw

    Never let facts get in the way of a good smear campaign. Cheney would be proud!

    September 25, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. rcsdinthehills

    Mitt "never apologize" "double-down" "etch-a-sketch" Romney would never admit to a falsehood, nor apologize for anything. Apparently he thinks it would be a sign of weakness. Mitt the Twit needs to learn that the US government has many things that it should apologize for. It would be a sign of strength, not weakness. For instance, in World War II- leaving hundreds of US sailors to be eaten by sharks after their ship was destroyed by the enemy. No one is perfect- with the exception of Mitt Romney I guess.

    September 25, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. IamAmazed

    Obama is the one make false statements like in his add criticizing Romney for not paying a high enough tax rate. From IRS data from 2010 shows someone making between $50,000 and $75,000 on average pays an effective rate of 7.8 percent. Even someone making between $100,000 and $200,000 pays a 12.1 percent rate – also lower than Romney's.

    September 25, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. namvet

    It is both sad and laughable that Romney cannot tell the difference between truth and fiction. He has flip-flopped so many times on so many issues that he can't even remember his own position.
    While Romney keeps his tax returns secret, he also keeps his so-called plans secret as well. Romney says he will give us details after the election.
    He did unknowlingly expose his true beliefs at a $50,000/plate fundraiser in Florida. Is it any wonder why Romney hasn't spent any of his fortune on his own campaign – he sure can afford it. He knows it would be like pouring money down a rat hole.
    We are doomed if Romney wins with more radical t-party destruction of our nation.
    Save America and vote for Obama.

    September 25, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. Randy

    Really!! Really!!??? This guy is such a flip flopper how can you tell what is the truth and what isn't? For example, yesterday he was bashing teachers, today not so much. Many years ago he was quoted that if he paid more taxes than he should (like in 2011), then he shouldn't run or be elected President. Well, why are you still running?? Guess he's not a man of his word, not really "spot on" with credibility. He wants to be President of the USA but hides much of his money out of the USA. I could go on but it's already quite evident Mitt lacks something many people consider important whether it is running for President or just in everyday life, INTEGRITY. Obama has his faults, but nothing like this guy. As an independent, I've watch the primaries, the RNC, and now the general campaign. Right now, I just don't see selecting Mitt on Nov. 6.

    September 25, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. KC Yankee

    Look at him. Does that look like a president to you? He's done. He might as well shuffle off the stage right now.

    September 25, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. winchester74

    Humpty Romney sat on a stump
    Humpty Romney took a big dump
    ⁃ All the Koch's money
    ⁃ And all the Fox lies
    Couldn't get Romney's polls to rise

    September 25, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Tom

    It's amazing that the point of Mitt Romney's statement that CNN was asking about was that President Obama's ads were false and misleading. So what does CNN do? Actually check on the President's ads? No, they go after Mitt Romney instead. But yeah, CNN, you're really the neutral network. No bias there.

    September 25, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Rev

    Funny coming from the man whose party "...don't have time for fact checkers..."

    September 25, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Jeb

    If by "spot on" he means taking both sides of every issue, then yes Romney's spot on.

    September 25, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |

    Romney and Ryan are so desperate that they will say anything. Ramping up the lies with every campaign stop. No integrity in the Romney/Ryan camp.

    September 25, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Susan

    Romney is a clean guy and I haven't seen an ad that is untruthful or outrageous. On the other hand, Obama has blatantly lied in his ads over and over because he has no record to run on. The personal attacks and blatantly lies are unpresidential - an epic failure of a president.

    September 25, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Willard Romney, a man without a plan, but with an agenda. This man will change america like no other President before, and you will not like it. They have plans to do away with all safety nets for the hard working middle class and run this country for the wealthy of all nations.

    September 25, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. theoryorexperience

    I work helping people on welfare find jobs. The Back-To-Work program may have good intentions, but it's often deeply flawed and futile, leading nowhere. If states want to experiment with new strategies, and Obama's granted that, that's a good thing. Local, not federal solutions, right?

    September 25, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oh "c'mon man..." How about we ask, even your PRIMARY opponents, how honest your ads were in that contest? Mittens, you put your lack of integrity out there for ALL to see, before you even got the nomination. You are a liar and so is you Eddie Munster running mate! He's embarrassing himself daily with his comments.

    September 25, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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