Mitt Romney’s campaign ads have received as many pinocchios and pants on fire from fact checkers as any candidate’s. And in an interview on CNN Tuesday, Romney claimed that when things are wrong in his ads, his campaign fixes them.
Asked for an example after the interview aired, the Romney campaign declined to share one with TPM.
“We stand by our ads because they are accurate,” Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams said. “The Obama Campaign stands by their ads even though President Obama admits that some of them contain mistakes and go ‘overboard.’”
That’s essentially what Romney said on CNN, though he told reporter Jim Acosta any errors in his ads have been corrected.
“We’ve been absolutely spot-on,” Romney said. “And any time there’s anything that’s been amiss, we correct it or remove it.”
Acosta and Romney then went back and forth over Romney’s ad stating President Obama eliminated the work requirement for welfare, a claim that has been widely debunked and slammed by fact checkers.
Romney continued the welfare attack on CNN.
“Look, it’s been shown time and again that the president’s effort to take work requirement out of welfare is a calculated move,” Romney said.
Romney’s assertion that his campaign has corrected or removed attacks that have drawn scrutiny from fact checkers flies in the face of what his own top advisers have said.
“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Romney pollster Neil Newhouse told reporters at a panel during the Republican National Convention.