Romney: If I Watched Campaign Ads More Often, ‘My Blood Pressure Would Be Very High’

By Melanie Arter | October 10, 2012 | 1:29 PM EDT

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

( During a campaign rally in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, on Wednesday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he watched the campaign ads that ran during his wife’s appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and if he had watched the ads very often, his blood pressure would be “very high.”

“This morning, my wife was on Good Morning America between the 8 and 9 o’clock time hour, and I got to watch her, but between her segments I also watched some of the ads, and some of the ads on me – and it’s a good thing I don’t do that very often, because my blood pressure would be very high, because I saw these things and said, ‘I don’t believe that – that’s not me – I don’t believe that,’” Romney said.

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“And yet, people here in Ohio are getting bombarded with things that simply aren’t true. And the debates are a good opportunity to break through that,” he added.

An audience member had asked Romney: “How do you handle the mainstream media out there? Do you feel like you get a fair shake?”

“I think what I liked most about the debate is that it gave the president and me a chance to address the American people directly, and they could hear what we believe from us as opposed to coming from the ads of the opposition campaign,” Romney said.

Though the former Massachusetts governor complained about the ads running during “Good Morning America,” he praised the freedom of the press, saying that people can choose those sources that they find the most reliable and credible.

“I actually think that the media in our nation is free. People are able to say what they want to say. They don’t have a responsibility to slant things my way or the other way. They have a right to slant things any way they wish, because that’s the nature of a free media and a free society. We have some members of the media that are more inclined towards my way of thinking - some others that are more inclined the other way,” he said.

“The good news in my opinion about the political environment today is that you could choose those sources you find to be most reliable,” Romney added.

“And there’s radio, talk radio, cable TV stations. There are hundreds of stations, and so could find those that you think are most credible, most reliable, and I think that’s in part why, for instance, on Obamacare why all the so-called mainstream media was by and large supportive of Obamacare,” he said.

“People were able to hear the other side of the story from other sources of news that might not have been available 25 years ago, and as a result, the American people recognized it for what it is, and they don’t want it,” Romney said.

Romney said he doesn’t worry about what the media says about his campaign.

“And so … I don’t worry in my campaign about what the media says. I worry about what I communicate to ensure that it’s precisely what I feel, that people understand that and the debates are a good chance to do it, and by the way, I think Paul Ryan will do great,” in the upcoming vice presidential debate on Thursday, he said.