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Obama campaign: ‘We care about fact-checks’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama’s campaign on Tuesday said it cares “about fact-checks” as it sought to contrast the accuracy of its messaging with Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Obama campaign aides insisted on Tuesday that they “look at the facts” and “vet what they say” as part of an effort to be truth-tellers during the grueling presidential race.

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“We work very hard to get it right,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said during an ABC News-Yahoo panel discussion. “We look at the facts. We vet what we say.”

The comments by LaBolt and other aides come as Democrats have hammered the Romney campaign and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in particular for misleading speeches and ads.

An adviser on the GOP ticket last week said that campaign would not be “dictated by fact-checkers” — and the Obama aides argued the president’s campaign handles things differently.

“We do care about fact-checks,” added deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, who was sitting beside LaBolt on the panel. “We do care about the honesty of our own ads.”

Both sides have come under criticism for bending the truth. A Romney ad criticizing Obama's welfare reform proposals and Ryan's speech to the GOP convention have been vilified by Democrats, while Republicans point to a series of ads from the Obama campaign and its super-PAC allies that they say are misleading. 

The aides covered much ground during the nearly one-hour discussion near the site where Obama will formally accept the Democratic Party's nomination on Thursday night.

During the discussion, campaign manager Jim Messina said their team is “light years ahead of where we were” in 2008 and that their hefty field operation, combined with their use of technology, will make “2008 look like Jurassic Park.”

The three members of the president's campaign team were asked to preview Obama's acceptance speech, but they wouldn't give much away.

“You'll just have to watch,” Messina said.

“No Clint Eastwood,” Cutter added.