For the third week in a row, Mitt Romney’s up with a new television commercial that claims President Barack Obama is altering the federal welfare-to-work program by dropping work requirements in the law.
“Since 1996 welfare recipients were required to work. This bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. On July 12th, President Obama quietly ended the work requirement, gutting welfare reform,” says the narrator in the ad, which was announced Monday morning.
“One of the most respected newspapers in America called it ‘nuts,’ saying ‘If you want to get more people to work, you don’t loosen the requirements – you tighten them. Mitt Romney’s plan for a stronger middle class will put work back in welfare,” adds the narrator.
The newspaper touted in the spot is the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the primary daily newspaper for Virginia’s capital city. Richmond is a major media market in the crucial battleground state.