Seconds After Insisting He Hadn’t Seen His Super PAC Ads Attacking Gingrich, Romney Defends Ads In Detail

This morning during the NBC/Facebook Republican presidential debate, Newt Gingrich attacked Mitt Romney over ads a pro-Romney Super PAC is running against the former House speaker. “One of the ads I complained about got four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. Now to get four Pinocchios in a 30 second ad means there’s virtually nothing accurate in 30 seconds,” he said telling Romney to admit some of the ads aren’t true.

Romney first said he hasn’t seen any of the ads but moments later admitted that he had seen at least one:

ROMNEY: And with regards to their ads, I haven’t seen them, and as you know under the law, I can’t direct their ads. … If there’s anything in there that’s wrong, I hope they take it out. … But let me tell you this, the ad I saw said that you’d been forced out of the speakership. That was correct. It said that you sat down with Nancy Pelosi and argued for a climate change bill. That was correct. It said you called Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare reform a right-wing social engineering plan. … If there’s something related to abortion that isn’t true, I hope they pull it out.

Watch the clip:

There was indeed “something related to abortion” in a Restore Our Future ad that wasn’t true. The Washington Post said the ad in question “has a pretty sleazy mischaracterization of Gingrich’s anti-abortion position, clearly designed to alienate the religious right in Iowa.”

In the spin room after the debate, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told CBS News that Romney “hasn’t seen all of the super PAC ads, but there was one in particular that he saw which he described.”