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10/09/2012 11:20 pm ET

Ann Romney Defends Mitt Against Debate 'Liar' Charges In Fox News Interview

Ann Romney on Tuesday hit back at charges that her husband lied during last week's presidential debate, comparing President Obama's campaign to a petulant child in a "sandbox" who had "lost the game."

In an interview set to air Wednesday morning, Fox News' Martha MacCallum asked Romney for her reaction to criticism of her husband's statements in the debate.

“I mean, lied about what?" she responded. "It’s sort of like someone that’s, you know, in the sandbox that like lost the game and they’re just going to kick sand in someone’s face and say, 'you liar.' I mean, it’s like they lost, and so now they just are going to say, okay, the game, we didn’t like the game. So to me, it’s poor sportsmanship."

Immediately following the debate, Obama's campaign lashed out at Mitt Romney's claims during the debate, blasting his statements as "mostly fiction." The backlash continued Thursday when Obama himself took a direct shot at the Republican during a campaign stop in Denver.

"Romney may dance around his positions but if you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth," Obama said at a rally.

Top Obama advisers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs also hit hard on the charges while making the Sunday show rounds. Gibbs, on ABC's "This Week," called Romney's debate claims "fundamentally dishonest" and "absolutely crazy," while Axelrod said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that the former governor's statements were "completely unrooted in fact."

Independent fact checking organizations have also questioned some of Romney's claims.

During the Fox interview, Ann Romney said she knew "right away" that her husband had won the debate.

"I knew after the first question," she said. "I turned to my son after 50 minutes, and I gave him a nudge, and I said it’s 100 to zero right now. I mean, the first 50 minutes, and you know, it never really changed -- that energy."

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