TAMPA (CBSMiami) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign has drawn fire for misleading ads against President Barack Obama on welfare. But, the Romney campaign said Tuesday it’s not concerned with being labeled false by independent fact-checkers.
“Fact checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs, and we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” Romney pollster Neil Newhouse told buzzfeed.com.
Newhouse continued saying fact-checkers during the current campaign had, “jumped the shark.”
The comments come just weeks after Romney himself lamented that campaign advertising should be factually correct or the campaigns should remove the ads from the air.
“You know, in the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, why, campaigns pulled the ad,” Romney said at the time.
The ad in question on welfare which stated Obama wouldn’t require people to work and instead would just send you a welfare check was labeled “Pants on Fire” by Politifact and a subsequent comment from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell saying Obama was trying to unwind welfare work requirements was also labeled false.