What we learned from our interview with Mitt Romney
September 25th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
10 years ago

What we learned from our interview with Mitt Romney

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - If there's one thing we learned from Mitt Romney during the course of CNN's interview with the GOP nominee in Ohio Tuesday, it's that he plans to aggressively stay on the attack against President Barack Obama in the final six weeks of the campaign.

Consider his comments on the diplomatic attack that left four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead in Libya. Romney has criticized the president for calling recent events in the Middle East "bumps in the road" and suggested Obama had labeled Stevens' death one of those "bumps."

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When pressed on whether he stood by the attack, Romney said, "I'm not sure which developments in the Middle East he would consider bumps in the road."

He then suggested the Obama administration was trying to hide the truth behind what really happened in Benghazi.

"The White House's failure to acknowledge that - that the assassination of our ambassador was a terrorist attack, a terrorist event - suggests that they are trying to paper over the seriousness of what's happening in the Middle East," Romney told CNN.

Romney seemed unfazed about the latest poll numbers in Ohio, a state that is a near must-win for the Republican contender. A new Washington Post poll finds Romney trailing the president by eight points, though that was still inside the margin of error.

Asked whether it was a tactical error to put as large a focus on fundraising as he has placed on actual campaigning at rallies in the last few weeks, Romney demurred.

"Polls go up and down. But frankly, you're going to see the support that I need to become president on Election Day," Romney said.

He also declined to answer whether the hidden-camera video released last week by Mother Jones shows the real Mitt Romney. Instead, Romney presented himself as someone who is looking out for working Americans, saying he is "overwhelmingly committed to helping every American."

"People at the top are doing fine. They'll probably do fine whether Barack Obama were reelected or not. It's the people in the middle and at the bottom that are struggling in the Obama economy. That's why I'm running, is to help them," Romney said in the interview.

In recent days, the former Massachusetts governor has accused the president of trying to "fool people" about the Romney record. But when asked whether his own ads have played fast and loose with the facts, Romney stood his ground.

"We've been absolutely spot on. And any time there's anything that's been amiss, we correct it or remove it," Romney said.

Romney officials did not immediately respond to CNN's request to name one ad the campaign had taken down.

The GOP contender defended one controversial ad, which accuses the president of taking the work requirements out of welfare. Several fact-checking organizations, including CNN, have deemed the spot "false."

"It has been shown time and again that the president's effort to take work requirement out of welfare is a calculated move," Romney said in defense of the ad.

Romney went on to accuse the president of taking "work out of the food stamps requirement."

An Obama campaign spokeswoman called the food stamps program attack "another fallacy."

"Participants in the program are required to be actively looking for work, take part in training programs as directed, and accept jobs that are offered," Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said.

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  1. Iamnotfooled

    Mitt makes me sick. America deserves so much better then this Liar and crook. How can he call himself a bishop of a church? Unbelieveable.

    September 26, 2012 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  2. plain&simple

    Romney has never let the truth get in his way!

    September 26, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  3. An Observer

    Romney will say and do anything to get elected. He flips and he flopy while lying all the time. Lyin' Ryan does the same! Kind of suggests that religion doesn't mean much to these guys or does their religion condone their actions. Makes one wonder doesn't it?

    September 26, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  4. OT

    He's running for the people in the middle and at the bottom? You mean the 47%? This would be hilarious if it wasn't so pathetic. The man can't even keep his lies straight!

    September 26, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  5. awasis

    We learned that MItt is willing to double down on a bold faced lie. All politicians stretch the truth, on this won Romney decimated it.

    September 26, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  6. Marie MD

    They have tried everything since 2008 and nothing has worked. I can't imagine what else they can bring up against the President that is not a blatant lie.
    BTW – didn't watch your non working wife last night on the leno show but maybe you need to find whoever helped turn the AK mutant from a trailer trash queen to look more presentable. I doubt she changed anyone's mind one bit!

    September 26, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  7. post

    Yes, The Pres did remove and gut the work requirement.
    However, it is not his stated intent that the removal was for abuse.

    It is like opening a door so the kids can go to the bathroom...
    Not that they should venture into the rest of the house or outside.

    So, please get the facts straight. Give you a F on this article for the facts.
    If you reviewed what was deemed as work prior to the legislation; you would shake your head.

    September 26, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  8. mickeymat

    Jim Acosta appears to be the poster child for all that is wrong with the Jurassic media. But that's OK. The days when outlets like CNN were looked to for professional news reporting and cogent analysis have long ended. Extinction will follow and not a moment too soon.

    September 26, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |

    What did you learn.that he is the biggest lier you ever met and his new name the stench.

    September 26, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  10. linda

    Another Gaffe for Romney saying he thinks the contributions from teachers unions to the democrats needs to END......yeah Romney the day that the contributions from your rich billions end...... they will influence your Presidency just like you think the unions will influence the democrats......I still don't know what you stand for......Who is Romney? OBAMA 2012

    September 26, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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