GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign has released a new video ad slamming President Obama for easing work-for-welfare requirements.
The ad, called "Long History," says Obama has long opposed the work-for-welfare requirements signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1996. It follows a similar commercial the Romney campaign released last week, featuring sound bites from Obama that assert he opposed the 1996 law.
"On July 12th, Obama quietly ended work requirements for welfare. You wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. Mitt Romney strongly believes work must be part of welfare," the ad's narrator says.
The Obama campaign has called the welfare ads "false and misleading," and fired back with one of their own that quoted several news organizations attacking the truthfulness of the Romney ad.
But the Romney campaign has stood by the claim. At a rally Sunday night in his home state of Wisconsin, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reminded voters that former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson originally took on the work-for-welfare issue in the 1990s.
"We see a president who took what we pioneered here in Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson, welfare reform, getting people off of welfare and back to work and the lives of dignity, personal responsibility, on to a life of hitting their potential," Ryan said.
The Romney campaign refused to release any details about the ad buy or which media markets it will run in.
by RTT Staff Writer
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