Romney uses welfare attack in new ad
October 31st, 2012
02:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney uses welfare attack in new ad

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign has brought back a widely-discredited welfare claim in a new television ad, one week before Election Day.

In the ad--which was unannounced by the campaign but posted Tuesday on Romney's YouTube site–the narrator lists the "gutting" of the work requirement in welfare as one of President Barack Obama's so-called failed policies in his first term.

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Along with high unemployment and a rise in food stamps, the Romney ad paints Obama as a threat to future generations.

"We may have made it through President Obama's first term," the narrator concludes, as footage of children are featured on the screen. "It's our children who cannot afford a second."

The ad, "Can't Afford Another Term," attacks an Obama administration directive that allows individual states–which have received a waiver from the Health and Human Services Department–to experiment with changes to their federally-funded welfare-to-work programs.

The intent, according to the directive, is to "challenge states to engage in a new round of innovation that seeks to find more effective mechanisms for helping families succeed in employment." But it also requires a 20% increase in the number of people moving from welfare to work in exchange for more flexibility granted by the waiver.

When Romney released a string of ads making the welfare attack this summer, an independent and non-partisan fact-checking organization, PolitiFact, rated Romney's offensive as "Pants on Fire." And the Obama campaign, the White House and former President Bill Clinton, who signed the original legislation into law, all hit back against the Romney spots, saying the claims were false and misleading.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded Tuesday night to the latest ad.

"Mitt Romney's desperation has brought him back to his old welfare lie – showing once again that there's nothing he won't say to win this election," she said in a statement. "If the American people can't trust Mitt Romney's words in his campaign ads, how could they ever trust him with the presidency?"

When pressed about the welfare ads in September by CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, Romney defended his campaign's commercials, saying they've been "absolutely spot on."

"Anytime there's been anything that's amiss we correct it or remove it," Romney said in the interview.

Romney's campaign did not respond to requests for more information about the new ad. According to CNN's ad tracker Kantar Media CMAG, the commercial has already aired in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.

- CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. jon

    please everyone that votes in this election be actually legal to vote. I think we should let the dead alone. They need to stop voting ... and if you want evidence that dead people vote ... check the records on a campaign I worked on in 1986 – Oakland Michigan ... the precient that Dick Chrysler grew up in voted 100% against him ... that included both of his parents that showed up and voted that day ... the only problem both of them had been dead for over 6 years. Makes you wonder about thoses zombie voters out there.

    October 31, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. b

    Poll numbers are sinking like a rock...what to do? Now it's "welfare, welfare, welfare!" Lies and hate will get Romney only so far. And, it will be not enough to take the White House.

    October 31, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. jon

    The claim that Romney is desparate .. lets think about this ... Romney leads in Flordia, Virginia, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Colorado ... that adds up to 271 electorial votes ... As for Ohio, that is not a must win state for Romney, IT IS for Obama ... If Obama does not win Ohio, he will loose the election ... on the other hand Romney does not have to win Ohio to win the election.

    October 31, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. St. James Place

    Worthless Willard is at it again. This guy will do and say anything to become president. Hey Willard why are you trolling for votes today? Maybe you and your staff should be volunteering to help people recover from this disaster.

    October 31, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Obama gutted a welfare policy that was working just fine. He did it for political points with his base. This is not a guy we need making decisions. These are not in the best interest of the country."

    One would think you want your candidate to claim a win based solely on lying. You certainly spread as many lies as he does.

    October 31, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Thomas

    My Child can't afford a Third GW Bush term !

    I'm sure Romney's five sons who avoided voluntary military service in times of war's they supported, and his 19 grandchildren will do fine in one of Mitt's ten homes.

    Thanks to GW Bush and men like Romney , there is no music class , no Art class , no real science class , no world history class .

    Some classrooms don't even have supplies and all Mitt wants is to expand the military , great coming from a guy who went to France during Vietnam.

    Dose anybody else see his hypocrisy ?

    Romney = GW Bush

    October 31, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    get ready folks here comes the kitchen sink!!

    October 31, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Our children can't afford going back to the failed GOP policies that got our country into this mess in the first place. Everyone with a working brain knows this! Add to that the FACT that Mittens 'n' Munster continually lie should be enough to convince even those without working brains to NOT vote Republican next week.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 31, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. allequal

    I agree with Four and the Door. Obama is not living up to his promises and he needs to be fired. Clinton worked with the other side to enact welfare reform and it was needed. WHY SHOULDN'T EVERYONE WHO CAN WORK HAVE TO WORK. Heaven knows there is plenty to do! Besides, YOU SIMPLY CAN NOT SPEND MONEY YOU DON'T HAVE. AND THIS NATION DOESN'T HAVE THE $ TO DO EVERYTHING AND TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE ANYMORE. EVERYONE NEEDS TO START TAKING SOME PERSONNAL RESPOSIBILITY.

    October 31, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @jon: The incident of voter fraud is 0.004%. And yet you continue to believe the lies promoted by the GOP! When are you going to get tired of being manipulated and used by folks who really don't give a rat's behind about you?

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 31, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Jill-IN

    romney liar liar pants on fire!

    October 31, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    That girl looks like one of those "My Twinn" dolls made by Lifelike Company.

    You remember that company, right? In 1996, Bain investment $2 million in Lifelike, including Mittens' personal loan. Shortly before it went bankrupt, Bain sold its stake in the company for $15,000. That's a 99% loss on investment.

    Here's the real record on investments that Mittens is lying (surprise!) about:

    Government = 63 companies, 5 went bankrupt
    8% filed for bankruptcy, not half like Mittens claims

    Romney's Bain Record = 77 businesses, 22% filed for bankruptcy or closed within 8 years.
    Bain lost all money invested in 8% of them

    So much for Mittens being some hotshot business guy ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 31, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Jim Rothbarth

    Next these welfare recipients will be manufacturing Jeeps in China.

    October 31, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Sorensen

    Romney is full of crap as usual. Only real idiots believe what he is saying.

    October 31, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Francisco Decastro

    I think it's funny how Romney's campaign like to say Obama and his campaign are desperate, and yet, their ads are just as desperate. lol. When you are in independent, you see everything on the outside. And I will tell you that I see a lot more bad things on the GOP.

    The problem is that Romney and his campaign only lies, and Obama and his campaign attacks in low levels. But now Romney's campaign is the one attacking in low levels, and Obama;s campaign is just riding the win for a few more days.

    October 31, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. friedporkchop

    hey it's all good. welfare recipients can just stay home, push out more kids, do drugs, live in low income housing with obama phones, and i'll work two jobs to pay for them. Make them do some community service to collect their check. this country is dusigusting anymore. they take advantage of a system that was setup to help people get on their feet..not a lifestyle. maybe i should divorce my wife so that she can clainm to a sinlge mom with no job, collect welfare, food stamps and get us a phone. then all you stupid liberals can pay for it. the system is broken. I'm not just balming the potus but congress too. it's a sad reality

    October 31, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Tony in Maine

    Mitt Romney, Blivot.

    October 31, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Romney = Bush?"

    Agreed. What else I see are great many posts by folks from the right who seem to be getting their information from an alternate universe. Glenn Beck and FOX News come to mind.

    October 31, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. B.

    Romney is truly a Desperate man now so he will say absolutely say anything!

    I would not trust the man to walk my dog...!

    I have been around for awhile, and I have never seen a more untrustworthy candidate run for President than Romney.

    October 31, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Critical Thinking

    You can actually feel the panic from the dems in these comments. They know now that the election is over for the President. The on the job training program is over and the true americans want their country back. Sorry liberla left, you will need to go to Europe to fulfill your dreams. Bon Voyage

    October 31, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. gt

    more women out of work...more food stamps...more welfare...less jobs....obama gets a F...

    October 31, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    Mitt Romney's campaign has brought back a widely-discredited welfare claim in a new television ad, one week before Election Day.

    I see they're trying to squeeze the last drop of racism for all it's worth.....
    Please vote AGAINST this kind of ignorance so we can continue moving forward with President Obama. Please.

    October 31, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. rs

    Funny, Obama transfers the work requirement to the states, and Romney acts like there IS NO work requirement. Isn't it Romney who says anything that can be shifted to State Government is good? Good Grief? Does Romney have anybody checking on his idiot statements before he makes them?

    October 31, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. rs

    Willard "Mitt" Romney- the Lyin' King

    October 31, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. jayross495

    Is Mitt Romney mentally stable? Maybe the flip flopping and lies speak to a bigger issue with this guy. Fact checkers have said that the add is false in every which way in English, maybe they need to say it in another language as well. In addition, six days before the election he is starting a war of words with the automobile industry, making false claims about Jeeps and China, in the critical state of Ohio. In the meantime more and more catastrophe on the television. What is really happening with Mitt Romney's judgment?

    October 31, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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