Scraping Bottom? Candidates Distort Truth in Ads

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President Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney are taking a break from the campaign trail Friday.

Still, a new round of campaign ads from both sides is keeping the fight for the White House heated.

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Facts Aside

Both candidates are spending millions of dollars on negative ads. One estimate suggests the total will top $1 billion by Election Day.

Now, both sides appear to be throwing "fact" out the window.

The Romney campaign is crying foul over the latest ad from a super PAC supporting Obama. The ad implies that Romney is responsible for the death of a woman whose husband worked for a company that was shut down by Bain Capital.

"When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant, I lost my healthcare," the woman's widower says in the ad. "And by then it was stage four. There was nothing they could do for her. And she passed away in 22 days. I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he has done to anyone."

In fact, the man's wife died years after Romney left Bain Capital. The ad is by far the most controversial of the campaign.

It comes after the president criticized super PACs supporting Romney for spending millions on negative ads.

"Over the next three months, you will see more negative ads," Obama told an audience at a campaign event in Colorado. "I mean, these super PACs, these guys are writing $10 million checks and giving them to Mr. Romney's supporters."

The Finger-Pointing Begins

Meanwhile, Romney fired back at the Obama administration for not pulling the ad.

"In the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, the campaign pulled the ad," Romney told the "Bill Bennett Show." "They were embarrassed. Today they just blast ahead."

But the Obama administration said the Romney camp is stretching the facts as well. Romney's latest ad claims Obama disregarded welfare laws.

"The Obama administration quietly offered waivers to the work requirements in the law," the ad claims.

The administration said that's not true. It says it has allowed states to experiment with changes to the welfare law but has always required people to work.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on the Romney campaign as he prepares to reveal his running mate. That announcement could come any day.

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