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. Pants on Fire

    CNN "Fact Checkers", your pants are on fire- removing the work requirement from welfare will in fact gut welfare reform, just like taking unemployment out ot 99 weeks and beyond prevented people from taking jobs they considered "a step down".

    September 26, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  2. Tim W.

    Sounds like Mitt wants to attack Iran first chnace he gets !!!!! Like we are not already fighting in to many battle fields at this time !

    September 26, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  3. Rick1948

    The hundreds of millions spent on political ads are completely focused on the uneducated. Educated people understand that all political ads are, to some extent, completely false and to a greater extent, exaggerated and/or taken out of context. They will ignore all political ads for what they are, research the facts, and make an educated decision. The uneducated are those who either don't have the interest or ability to find out for themselves and believe the ads.

    September 26, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  4. Jim Jones

    We would not need to worry about a work component to welfare if we simply ended welfare. Those people got themselves into the mess they are in, they can get themselves out of it. No more freeloading on dime! If they are old or disabled and find themselves in an inescapable mess, then I say that God already had a plan for them, and we should not interfere with artificial supports.

    September 26, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  5. HenryB

    Spot on, heh? Hahahahahahahahahaha

    September 26, 2012 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  6. wearyofexcuses

    At least with Romney you can tell he's lying because his mouth is moving. With Ryan ...

    September 26, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  7. Gail D

    Romney seems to be going for broke – whatever it takes to get into the White House he will do – no tactic is too low or unscrupulous

    September 26, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  8. runner305

    Romney's getting so desperate, that he's now arguing with the fact-checking websites. What an arrogant imbecile!

    September 26, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  9. Tom

    CNN is so in the bag for Obama it has ceased being a credible news source. When was the last time CNN criticized
    Obama? CNN's so called reporters defend his every action with vitriol and while trying to make it look like news. It's really troubling!

    September 26, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  10. Mario

    The only thing spot on about the when in the recent 20 years of republicans in power is FAILURE, and no matter what is shown over and over again, these die hard "God, guns, and gays" and "trickle down" economics people....will always remain entrenched in their beliefs, kinda like those that expected that staying akin to the King of England would trickle down to them...if only they maintained the loyalty....BAH HUMBUG!

    September 26, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  11. guitarken

    Romney just creates his own "facts" regardless of reality.

    September 26, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  12. Missaness

    "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."

    I'm a Independent voter, who usually swings Democrat, and most likely will this year too, minus the stupid immigration crap that I'm against. But that line in quotations right up there? That bothers me more than anything else.

    If people aren't even willing to take the time to fill out PAPERWORK, what makes you think they will get off their butts to go work 40 hours a week, every week? Yes, it is a lot of paperwork, but *gasp* no more than you would log in during an actual work week. And they only have to do it once a year.

    That quote might be one of the dumbest things the Obama administration has said, seriously.

    September 26, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  13. Chester

    So far I see Romney will get us into a War in both Syria and Iran and that will be what he calls his "job creation plan" . Meanwhile we have a President that is directing this country on the path of getting out – of Republican led Wars that are NOT paid for ...Wonder what this country would be like with 12 years of peace an no wars and rebuilding the infrastructure here in the USA for a change. Meanwhile if the GOP would concentrate on getting Americans to be Patriotic to this country and pay the same amount of tax that we were paying when Reagan was President. We wouldn't be in the fix we are in now. Gee what a concept.. going back to the same tax rate we had under a Republican President.

    September 26, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  14. Cam Spurgeon

    This man has no sense of reality and the ticket together is is serial lies,lies, lies. UGH. Really the GOP has to do better than this!

    September 26, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  15. Jeff Cox

    It's fitting that an "empty chair" became the de facto symbol of this candidate. He has an empty soul!

    September 26, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  16. jacksays

    The facts simply don't support your arguments, Mr. Romney on Welfare. But that won't stop you, will it?

    And as for Iran, why don't you just come out and say it: "If I'm elected POTUS we're going to attack Iran." Say it so families of our young soldiers can start saying their good-byes now before you send them off to die needlessly like Bush did to 3k+ of our kids in Iraq.

    September 26, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  17. Harleigh Kiffer

    Deemed false by who?

    September 26, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  18. Ted

    MItt Romney claims that his biggest concern about the debates is that Obama will lie... seems like he is only worried about that because he is doing it.

    September 26, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  19. josh

    Mit is desperate..

    September 26, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  20. Mark

    This guys a loose cannon. He scares me.

    September 26, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  21. fatlip11

    The george bush lies were worse only because hundreds of thousands of people died in Iraq for example. But if this guy and ryan are allowed to continue to tell bold face lies to get into office, just imagine what they are capable of.

    Even if you don't like Obama, I don't know how you could begin to think about voting for romney. What filth!

    September 26, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  22. OUT of TOUCH

    Can We Say; DELUSIONAL..............CLUELESS.................OUT of TOUCH......
    ****** I am WATCHING and I Don't Like WHAT I SEE *****
    **** AM I SUPPOSED to be IMPRESSED? Well, I'm NOT IMPRESSED ****
    **** I am a Registered (& 47%'er) Republican & I'm NOT voting for Mr. Romney!!!! ****

    September 26, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  23. kemikal

    Debates please hurry! This guy is going to get roasted come debate time. Clueless and classless!

    September 26, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  24. Karen

    Romney NEVER makes any sense! So what's he's saying is if someone gets laid off from their job they can't get assistance because they don't have a job. And what jobs are available with so many out of work? Of someone lost a job and has to update skills by returning to school but can't afford it? So now what? No assistance there either? Romney needs to return to logic classes and maybe he'll be better able to open his mouth and learn why airplane windows don't open.

    September 26, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  25. dee

    Mtt Romney's idea of truth is spotty at best. He and Ryan LIE

    September 26, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
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