New Romney TV ad second straight to attack Obama on welfare
August 13th, 2012
06:46 AM ET
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New Romney TV ad second straight to attack Obama on welfare

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's first television commercial since announcing House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate brings back a claim first brought up last week: That President Barack Obama is altering the federal welfare-to-work program by dropping work requirements in the law.

The narrator in TV ad, released Monday morning by the campaign of the GOP presidential challenger and by the Republican National Committee, says that "Barack Obama has a long history of opposing work for welfare."

The spot then includes sound of Obama from June of 1998, with the then-Illinois State Senator saying "I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996."

The ad continues with the narrator adding that "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."

That theme was first highlighted in a Romney campaign commercial released last Tuesday and by the presumptive GOP nominee on the campaign trail last week.

An independent and non-partisan fact-checking organization, PolitiFact, rated the ad's claim as "Pants on Fire." And the Obama campaign, the White House and former President Bill Clinton, who signed the original legislation into law, all attacked the Romney spot, saying the claims were false and misleading.

And Friday the Obama campaign countered the Romney campaign commercial with a spot of their own, with the narrator in the ad saying "See this? Mitt Romney claiming the president would end welfare's work requirements? The New York Times calls it 'blatantly false'. The Washington Post says: 'the Obama administration is not removing the bill's work requirements at all'."

Regardless of the pushback, it's apparent that the Romney campaign will continue to attack the president over welfare. A Romney campaign aide tells CNN that Ryan will push the theme that Obama "has a long history of opposing work for welfare and who just last month took action to dismantle welfare and its work requirements" at a campaign event Monday in the battleground state of Iowa.

On an Obama campaign conference call Monday after the ad was released, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell said the ad gave voters "the wrong facts."

"The bottom line is that President Obama... recently gave states more tools to help more more people from welfare to work as quickly as possible," he said. "He has strengthened the welfare system, he has not weakened it as Romney falsely claims."

And Sunday night, at a Romney-Ryan rally at the GOP vice presidential candidate's homestate of Wisconsin, Ryan said that "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. If this president is going to do these kinds of things in a very difficult tough election year, imagine what he would do if he never has to face to voters ever again? You know what? We’re not going to find out."

As is their practice, the Romney campaign would not reveal any details on where the new commercial will run or on the ad buy.

But according to data provided to their clients by Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending on broadcast and national cable TV, the new spot began running Monday morning in television markets in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers, Florida; Manchester, New Hampshire; Denver, Colorado; Reno, Nevada; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Washington, D.C. (which covers much of northern Virginia).

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Carlos Murphy

    So, Romney/Ryan is condemned by Catholic nuns and running ads described a 'pants on fire.'

    They are also claiming The other side will be running a dirty campaign.

    This soft-core coup is becoming too much for me at least.

    Arrest the Republicans for causing wide-spread nausea.

    August 13, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. King

    you watch CNN sit on their hands and watch lying mitt and his minions lie on this president without regard for decency. yet when one of Obama's suoerpact do a commercial about someone's deep feelings of his personal experience and tragedy the whole locus of media decend on Obama like locus. this is what happens when Obama tries to fight against the 1 percenters, and not realizing they own the media.

    August 13, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess neither side is going to be 100% clear and honest about what they say in their advertisements. It is ashame that there are so many problems with getting the full truth in an advertisement.

    August 13, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  4. FedUp

    If Obama isn;t trying to gut welfare to work, then why did he make this change under the cloak of darkness with an executive order? Seems if it was above board, there would have been a debate. Lots of transparency going on in this administration! Seems he doesn't want able-bodied folks to work, just the seniors and disabled.

    August 13, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    that is because obama wants all people on welfare so he can control them, but now the revolution starts and We The People Are Coming to FIRE obama and let him have a taste of unemployment.

    August 13, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  6. Gaz

    Its funny how republicans say that obama is attacking ryan by talking about ayn rand, his desire to kill medicare and social security and his flip flop to appease the republican base. If telling the truth is attacking then I see why they have no problems with the constant lies out of romney's mouth. 700billion is actually the cost of repealing obamacares yet they somehow made it look like its taken directly from medicare. Just like how the government plans to send you your welfare check without working when its the opposite. Or like saying obama wants to restrict voting rights when its the opposite. Will he stop lying? God help america it animal abuser willard wins. Hopefully he is also lying and wont do a thing he says but will flip flop and take america in a more progressive direction. Stop lying! People understand stretching of the truth but bold face lying... Sheesh. The president has a record. Attack him on that! Talk about unemployment. Rising poverty. Racial discrimination. Corporate welfare. Pork barrel spending. Climate change. The housing market. Rising gas prices. Its like you dont care about these issues.

    August 13, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  7. mark

    Two steps backwards for the Romney camp on this issue... They might as well ask where Obama's birth certificate is. SMH....

    August 13, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. yeah right

    Romney is such a liar. It is not President Obama playing gutter politics, it is Romney. Why don't he release his tax returns because he is dishonest.

    August 13, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  9. GI Joe

    When Romney was governor, HE requested one of the waivers (that's what he's twisting in this ad).

    Romney can't open his mouth without lying

    If anything, President Obama has doubled down on educating/training people so they CAN get a job. Romney wnts them to just starve to death. Listen carefully. No education. No training. Nothing but tax cuts for the wealthiest by Romney and Ryan (because those Bush tax cuts worked so well to put us in a depression).

    August 13, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    You have nothing to run on and the numbers point to you doing no better in improving the economy. Uh oh...better go back to the inferred race-baiting welfare queens to get teh slack-jaws all riled up. Too bad a large percentage of those welfare-recipients live in their red states but still vote R out of sheer stupidity. It was religion last week, it will be guns next week, and then the real super-issue for the sheep......ABORTION

    August 13, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. w l jones

    Where your job plan? Some canidate economic plan for the country about like water melon blume come on the vine early in the morning by late after noon fall off. Bless.

    August 13, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. BinaryTooth

    This is so wrong! My family needs this and we should be respected even if we don't have lots of money.

    Obama 2012

    August 13, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Michael

    CNN, how are these stories relevant, when they have already been debunked! I know like FOXNEWS, CNN loves stiring up controversy evenough it has no leg to stand on! No wonder MCNBC is better at journalism! I am tired of shock and awe news reporting, just for the sake of its shock value!

    August 13, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Jack from Illinois

    Didn't Romney try to float this lie last week and had it shoved back in his face?

    My word, can't he at least be bothered to try some NEW lies?

    August 13, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. r harris

    The easiest way to determine the truth in this election is if a republicans mouth is moving...they are telling a lie case closed

    August 13, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Hey, Mittens got anymore of those 100K jobs at Bain for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe?'

    Fact 1: The waiver is only given IF IT ADDS to the work for welfare program stipulations.

    Fact 2: The governors have requested the waivers.

    You can have your own opinion, but there is only one set of facts!

    August 13, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Expat American

    Romney was already caught in a lie. Why is he launching a second ad? Is it because he has no platform and what comes out of his mouth on the campaign trail smells worse than what comes out of the business end of his million dollar dancing horse?

    August 13, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    We will continue to see the great Obama Giveaway in action as 2012 progresses and the campaign gets more difficult. What next, a total federal tax holiday for all Americans who sign a pledge to vote Democrat in November? But even Obama wouldn't do something like that. Unless he could figure out a way to get away with it. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 13, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Steven Colo

    The Romney campaign has lost it. Numerous studies have shown that the President is most vulnerable on the economy. But Romney is attacking Obama on welfare, which isn't even an issue that the all-important independents care about. He's giving the Republicans what they want to hear, but he's got their votes sewn up anyway. So he's lying in order to make an argument that nobody important cares about anyway.

    August 13, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    40billion in tax breaks for big oil that the Gop voted for ,hot dog car wreck in Nov !!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. once upon a horse

    you tell a lie often enough people will believe it and it becomes the truth, right? This is the first time I can recall a candidate not only sticking to a story that has been proven to be false, but accusing his opponent of "maybe" doing something. UNREAL, folks.

    August 13, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Canuck

    Where was all the concern from the right about debt and deficit when GWB was spending money that he didn't have on unnecessary ,costly wars while his boss (Cheney) was announcing that 'deficits don't matter'???? They must think we are idiots.

    August 13, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |