Obama and Romney wrangle over welfare policy
In a 30-second television advertisement released on Monday, Mitt Romney’s campaign asserted that President Obama “has a long history of opposing work for welfare.” Romney initially launched the welfare attack in Obama’s home state of Illinois last week in a coordinated stump speech and television ad accusing the president of loosening work requirements built into the law, which proponents say moved millions off of welfare.
The plan, put forth by the Health and Human Services Department, allows states to seek waivers from the work requirements baked into the law. The states need to prove the success of their models by moving at least 20 percent more people off of welfare to work or they lose their waivers.
The Obama campaign responded last week with a 30-second television spot – “Blatant” – denying Romney’s claim that the waivers end the welfare law’s work requirements. That ad was set to air in seven hotly contested states, the campaign said, including Iowa, where Obama kicked-off a three-day bus tour on Monday, and was timed to run in states where Romney and Ryan are campaigning — Florida and Iowa, respectively.
Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, in a conference call with reporters, harshly condemned the Romney campaign’s attack, the latest in a campaign season marked by out-of-context attack lines.
“It is pretty clear that the ad that the Romney-Ryan campaign is running right now, that they are spending millions of dollars to put on the air, that Mitt Romney personally signed off on, is a complete and utter lie,” Cutter said after reading quotes from then-fellow state lawmakers praising Obama’s bi-partisan nature and his commitment to welfare reform. “So if they want to bring the campaigns out of the mud, I think they need to look to home first. They are the ones spending money on something that is just simply not true.”
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