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. bartelby

    And the good thing is that those mothers using food stamps may actually be doing a better job of parenting by spending time with their children rather than living with the illusion that money and stuff can buy happiness. Good luck with overcoming your bitterness issues.

    October 31, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Critical Thinking

    Republicans Have Won Every November 6th Presidential Election Since 1860

    October 31, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.......

    October 31, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Barak Lincoln

    But my forefathers could afford 400 years of slavery........... go figure, what our children cant afford is four more years of this hate and racism by grumpy ole white men who have this idea that the Oval office is theirs

    October 31, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Over 70% of welfare recipients are white, with a majority of them being Republican voters. Yeah, I'm getting kind of tired of subsidizing these ignorant, illiterate, inbred, racist moochers.

    October 31, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Lando

    Romney is hundred times more disastrous than Sandy if he gets elected. God forbids....

    October 31, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. dave

    When Gov Christy & Pres Obama flew over Atlantic City they saw "Romney" written in the sand of the beach. This used to be a Democratic stronghold, but now there are lots of Romney and almost no Obama signs on cars or on front lawns.

    October 31, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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