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. Barry

    And to think this guy has the nerve to call the President a liar. He just makes it up as he goes along. I'll be glad to see the end of him on Nov. 7th.

    September 25, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. kirstenquigley

    Of course, as long as Romney says it's true, it must be!

    September 25, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Drew

    Of course candidate Romney cna't understand the bumps in the road comment. When you onlt have studied the Mis East for the last 5 days these look like huge events. And I have no intention to belittle these events. But when taken in the scope of 70 years of conflict and the events particularly since the Camp David accords and 9-11, a person of rational mind and a clear vision of history both past and recent could easily conclude that in comparison to some of the calamities contained in that history these are certainly comparative bumps in the road. And there will be more and there will be worse. But the road to a lasting peace is long, arduous and filled with bumps large and small. Small – there's a key word – as in small of mind.

    September 25, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. kirstenquigley

    Of course! As long as Romney declares something true, it must be.

    September 25, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. G Smith

    Romney is in addition to being a flip flopper, inconsistent, can now add he is delusional..

    Seems everyone is wrong and I'm well since he's ..., Mitt Romney....He is "spot on".

    It's so sad that someone that's suppose to be so smart is such an a**

    September 25, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. MaryM

    The majority of the ads your campaign and the superPACs supporting have been lies and half truths. As per the fact checkers on the web. Mitt, you and Lyin Ryan are done.

    September 25, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Katie B from NC

    "Just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it." - George Costanza

    September 25, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Big Jilm

    Caught in a lie and is in total denial. Do you really think that's going to sway the people in Vandalia (one of my former residents) after you shipped their jobs off to China? Oh yeah, Romney's going to get tough on China, which basically means he wants higher electric fences and larger suicide nets at the factories he bought there.

    September 25, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    PolitiFact, is biased. They called a direct quote followed by an uncontested a fact a lie. When Ryan quoted Obama and then stated that the factory closed within a year and is still closed they called it a lie. How can quoting someone's words and then stating a uncontested fact be a lie?

    No one contests the factory closed within a year.

    If quoting Obama is a lie what does that say?

    And as for if removing work requirements guts welfare reform that required work requirements or not.....What should we call it?

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

    What he means by 'spot on' is that they are spot on lies.

    September 26, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  11. Name. Ed

    It was Ronald Regan who said "there you go again". You know what is really dangerous is that Romney MAY really believe much of what he is saying! And almost half the voting adults want this man with his hands on the "end of days" button?

    September 26, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  12. GO_GOP

    God bless Mr.Romney. We are a christian country and will remain so with the help of the GOP. Vote GOP and say no to secularism and atheism (those two malignant philosophies created by Satan).

    September 26, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  13. GIUK

    That's it Mitt. Keep talk'n. Everytime you open your pie hole another thousand people vote for Obama. Good boy Mitt, now speak Mitt. That's a good boy.

    September 26, 2012 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  14. Zenitram

    Romney would get much more respect if he would admit a mistake and move on to something more substantive.

    September 26, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  15. barbarianofgor

    Romney thinks it's OK to open the window in an airplane if the air quality is bad...

    September 26, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  16. Captain

    This is what the last GOP WH did...
    see youtube - CIA Asset Susan Lindauer Can Now Speak 10 years after 9-11.
    Yeah, the Bush WH did it. Most of Congress knew. Note Silverstein (Israel Mossad?) connetion.
    Time for arrests is long overdue. (more on Veterans Today site)

    September 26, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  17. barbarianofgor

    IMO that this man can be any richer than a dishwasher, much less have ANY chance at President is a terrifying sign of big problems for America.

    September 26, 2012 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  18. Margaret

    Ummm, I thought the Republicans wanted the states to have more say, and less from the fed. If that is so and this "change" gives the states more of a chance to try something different, then isn't that what the Republicans wanted anyway?? Leave it up to the states???Oh, right only if it was their idea first.

    September 26, 2012 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  19. sadcon

    Romney is so desperate.People whose going to believe his adlying campaign are either uneducated or delusional as he is.

    September 26, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  20. Fact

    It's clear. This is not the party of Reagan!

    September 26, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  21. Kona

    I believe his campaign manager stated that they would not bow to fact checkers. Look like that is very true. Hey Romney, we need a few more tax returns, just like your father did. You asked Ryan for 10 years but you won't give the same. Etch-a-Sketch.

    September 26, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |

    Romney cuts a sorry and pitiable sight by the day.His utterances do not help matters as they always sound hollow.

    September 26, 2012 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  23. Linda

    It's scary how he can lie on camera when he knows he is. Very scary. But then so was his video of the 47% & his 10 years of tax returns. He is a leverage buy out guy who has his money work for him. He should go back to that honorable (LOL) profession & #### someone else over & not the American middle class & poor.
    A very dishonest man and certainly not Presidential material..

    September 26, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  24. Andrew

    I think campaigns should just be banned from making TV/radio ads. Make their only methods allowed to promote themselves be in person whether it is a debate or at a rally. These ads are the biggest load of bullcrap in the entire election that they are so hard to ever take seriously especially the negative ones. Maybe they could just limit the ads to talking about the candidate themselves and their policies and can't attack the other guy which should be reserved for debates so candidates can argue their points.

    September 26, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  25. Linda

    It's scary how he can lie on camera when he knows he is. Very scary. But then so was his video of the 47% & his 10 years of tax returns. He is a leverage buy out guy who has his money work for him. He should go back to that questionable, honorable profession & you know what someone else over & not the American middle class & poor.
    A very dishonest man and certainly not Presidential material..

    September 26, 2012 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
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