The Romney Campaign released a new web ad today, knocking President Obama on his welfare policies.
The ad, titled “Only In America,” tells the story of Danny Vargas, who grew up on welfare in Brooklyn, NY, and the results of the welfare-to-work requirement on his life.
The Romney campaign uses his story to show why “gutting” the work requirement in welfare will only hurt Americans on welfare.
“President Obama is stripping the work requirement out of welfare. I think the problem with that is there’s been so many success stories since the welfare reform of the 90s,” says Vargas in the ad.
“Where families that might otherwise have stayed stuck in that cycle of dependency, they actually saw a light at the end of the tunnel. They saw a different possibility. Taking it away brings us back to that situation. The unintended consequences of a well-meaning program of the 1960s was that families ended up getting stuck in that cycle of dependency.”
In a response to recent attacks, the Obama campaign released a statement calling the claims misleading.
“Governor Romney has run a series of welfare reform ads making an attack that has been called false and misleading by the architects of welfare reform – both President Clinton and a Republican co-author of the legislation. He has tried to attack President Obama’s initiative to help states move at least 20 percent more people from welfare to work – even though he asked even greater flexibility around work requirements and supported legislation that would have allowed governors to let people stay on welfare indefinitely.”
This newest ad is part of the next phase of attacks by the Romney campaign on Obama’s welfare policies. Two weeks ago, Romney blasted Obama in a television ad on welfare. However, the Obama campaign released an ad the next day, refuting team Romney’s claims with a Washington Post fact check.