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. Anonymous

    That is the problem with Romney. He is beginning to believe his own lies.

    September 26, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  2. NFLD thought

    Mit is geting more and more desperate every day. By the time the election rolls around he will claim that Obama didn't kill Bin Laden but that he is his long lost cousin and is staying at the White House working as an advisor.

    September 26, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  3. The sheezy up in New Eazy

    So, in effect Mittens is saying we SHOULD not trust when programs are left to the states to run, because they may do things that not everyone likes. So...Mittens big push to block grant all of Medicare and Social Security to the states SHOULD NOT BE trusted.
    OK, I got it Mitt. No BLOCK GRANTS to states. I wrote it down. Thanks.

    September 26, 2012 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  4. Anonymous

    It seems to me that both parties are accusing each other of the same things???

    September 26, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  5. wes

    his ad is false. even the big tea party governer brownback came out and said romney's ad was false. sad when his own party is even saying its false. I live in kansas so i'd know.

    September 26, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  6. TrueNFalse

    What this nation needs is a ' False' alarm that is integrated with all broadcasts. If a campaign ad tells a falsehood, klaxons should blare, followed by a voice repeating the mantra, "FALSE! FALSE! FALSE!" If on Television, there would be the added text flashing at the top of the screen.

    September 26, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  7. Leah Reis

    It seems to me that both parties are acccusing each other of the same things??

    September 26, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  8. Jake

    That tells you alot about the man when he defends the outright lies of his campaign. He knows they are lies, every fact checking organization deems them as lies, yet he defends them.

    If a man lies before he becomes President, he'll lie after he becomes President too. Which leads to two questions...Is everything that Mitt says a lie or how much of it is lies, and...does he know the difference between a lie and the truth?

    September 26, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  9. EffortPA

    The fact that after almost 4 years of being President of the USA, presiding over one of the most difficult economic times ever, this is the best the GOP can come up with tells me that Obama is doing one heck of a job. Otherwise, there would be lots of actual facts that they could use against him. They wouldn't have to resort to lying or taking things completely out of context.

    Obama 2012 – Romney 1040

    September 26, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  10. Jake

    I'll give credit to McCain, at least he did not stand before and audience and allow an audience member to promote the lies he knew were lies. Mitt won't do that...he'll let the lies just come out and stay silent.

    September 26, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  11. Please Grow Up

    It doesn't matter if the facts prove the Governor's ads untrue. Those who fear the President will vote for Mr. Romney because he represents the opposition.

    September 26, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  12. Alan S.

    Romney has not been "HONEST" on just about every issue! He has directly lied regarding his TAX STATUS, Bain Capital, and Off Shore Bank Accounts. How would you ever know if he were elected President that he was ever telling the truth? How could you ever trust him? He says one thing and then does directly the oposite! A life long Republican voting for Obama!

    September 26, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  13. DRE

    The fact of the matter is that Romney is desperate, and he will cling to lies if it helps his campaign. Christ said don't worry about what goes into your mouth, but what comes out of it. That unfortunately sad for our country in these days of 30 second ads.

    Let's not forget that a vote for Romney is the same as saying you want your taxes to be raised close to or more than $2K a year. After all that's his plan and it's a bit short on details so in reality the tax hike could even be more. His answer to our economic problems is to raise the taxes on everyone that is making less than $350K a year, and then at the same time he's going to give the wealthy (making more than $350K a year) a tax break – at the American taxpayer's expense. I guess when you listen to the GOP and the party of “No New Taxes” it only applies to the wealthy members of the party. Everyone else is used for their votes and then discarded out in the cold.

    Think about it...

    September 26, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  14. raymundomendoza

    haha, attacking a "bumps in the road" comment...

    September 26, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  15. SUrprise! NOT! he's lying or is AGAIN ill equipped with the FACTS as usual. The GOP and Tea Party always live in their own factual universe. They've lied so much they believe it. They still won't admit they lied to the UN and Congress to start an UNPAID war in Iraq. Ask Colin Powell if they lied?

    September 26, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  16. Vader

    Romney uses the BIG LIE strategy. Make something up, say it often and loud enough, and those who are incapable or unwilling to think for themselves will accept it as FACT. This is a pattern he has followed over and over and over, and is from the Karl Rove playbook.

    September 26, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  17. tarheel1110

    Romney has lied so often he no longer knows the difference between truth and lies!

    September 26, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  18. erin

    Romney is a real stand up, trustworthy guy. Somehow Obama thinks he can get away with blatant lies to the American people and throughout his ads. So hard to believe the media isn't fact checking Obama everyday. There would be a whole lot of lies called out. How about a story on that one. Obama is running the dirtiest campaign and the media is part of his campaign. Where did honest journalism go. CNN is no longer real news.

    September 26, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  19. dreucalypt

    Romney just plain does not care whether what he says is true or not.

    September 26, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  20. Jim

    Romey is a natural but pathological liar.

    September 26, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  21. guitarken

    The Obama policy explicitly states that waivers will be granted only to proposals that will increase the percentages of cases to be moved off welfare rolls. At least five governors, including Republicans Gary Herbert of Utah and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, have been seeking such regulatory relief for years, the White House pointed out. In return, the directive offers states a new level of flexibility and breathing room for innovation, something Republicans and conservatives usually favor. Romney is shamelessly lying and has no problem doing it.

    September 26, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  22. ray

    Robmey believes what he says. That's what is really scary. Just keep telling the BIG LIE.

    September 26, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  23. Triletter

    The facts are true ONLY if I deem them so. Look for Mitt to be working for Faux News early next year.

    September 26, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  24. JustSaying2u

    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.

    Romney (and by extension, Ryan) are pathological liars who cannot discern reality from ideology.

    September 26, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  25. MrRickinNH

    I'm about sick of Mittens and the false adds the GOP PACS have been displaying... When Sununu said we were going to get carpet bombed, he meant it! I guess it's just stupid to think that people are above this.

    September 26, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
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