August 07, 2012 at 10:43 am
Mitt Romney’s campaign on Tuesday released a new ad accusing President Obama of gutting the bipartisan welfare law passed during the Clinton administration.
“Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check,” the ad says.
Republicans blasted Obama in July after the administration made a change to the 1996 welfare-to-work law that grants states waivers to experiment with how they administer the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
The ad claims that under the new policy “welfare-to-work goes back to being plain old welfare.”
The Obama campaign responded by noting that, in 2005, Romney joined other governors in writing a letter to then-Majority Leader Bill Frist, urging the federal government to grant “increased waiver authority” to the states.
That letter, which the Obama camp posted on its website, was also signed by TX Gov. Rick Perry (R), former FL Gov. Jeb Bush (R), former AR Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), and former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).