Keller @ Large: Another Exercise In Character Assassination

August 7, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Another Exercise In Character Assassination

" BOSTON (CBS) – Another day, another blunt attack ad in the race for president.

An ad from Mitt Romney’s campaign claims the Obama Administration is out to destroy a signature bipartisan accomplishment of the 90’s.

The welfare reforms that became law under President Bill Clinton are widely credited with cutting the welfare roles by making work or job training a requirement for receiving benefits.

Romney’s claim that the president now wants to turn the clock back is explosive, but is it true?

The ad states, “On July 12, President Obama quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements. Under Obama’s plan you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job, they’d just send you your welfare check.”

That’s quite an indictment, but is it fact or fiction?

John Walsh, the head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party says it’s a gross distortion. “It’s false and it’s hypocritical,” he says.

And the Romney campaign?

“Well the facts speak for themselves, anyone can go up on the HHS website and read the memo,” said Jonathan Burks, Deputy Policy Director of the Romney campaign "

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