Romney, Ryan double down on the same welfare lie Clinton decried in his convention speech

THESE GUYS are betting that American voters are dumb enough to believe their falsehoods:

In one of the most pointed moments of President Clinton’s Wednesday speech to the Democratic National Convention, he slammed the Romney campaign for lying in ads and statements by claiming President Obama “gutted” work requirements in his own welfare reform law.

The former president’s evisceration of that attack, which features prominently in GOP campaign ads and has been savaged by independent fact-checks, comes as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are doubling down on it.

In an interview with Fox News Wednesday ahead of Clinton’s speech, Romney fiercely defended the attack and specifically accused Obama of using it to rile up “his base.”


Romney wasn’t the only one to bring up the welfare charges, which were largely left unmentioned at the Republican convention, in recent days. Ryan brought it up in order to make the case that Obama is a traitor to Clinton’s legacy the same day Clinton fired up the convention by arguing that the current president is his truest heir.

“By the way, under President Clinton, we got welfare reform … which moved people from welfare to work, to get people out of poverty,” Ryan said at a rally in Iowa. “President Obama is rolling back welfare reform.”

Clinton, who had already criticized the welfare attacks, devoted a significant section of his speech to debunking the claim, which he said “is personal to me.”

“[Romney’s] pollster said, ‘We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,’” Clinton said in his address. “Finally, I can say, that is true.”



  1. Liars, liars everywhere. Why am I not surprised he is a union boss?


    But Foster, according to a former spokesman for GST Steel, never actually worked for the company.
    “David Foster was never an employee of GST Steel’s Kansas City plant. He was employed by the United Steelworkers of America as their regional union director to represent GST Steel, but was not employed at our facility,” according to BC Huselton, who was head of HR at GST.
    Instead, Foster was a union organizer, who negotiated for workers that did work for the company.
    Foster explained in his remarks that he was an organizer during his dealings with GST Steel. But it is not clear from the remarks that he never worked for a company controlled by Bain.
    Foster was prominently featured in an Obama campaign video, “Romney economics,” where he is identified as lead negotiator for workers at GST Steel. In the video he explains that Bain executives took bonuses even as the company flailed.
    Politifact rated that Obama video “mostly true.” An Obama campaign TV ad based on the story of a GST worker who suggests that his wife’s death from cancer years later was due in part to losing health insurance when the plant closed got a “false” from Politifact and drew criticism for being misleading.
    But the Romney campaign has released its own version of what happened at GST Steel. The video features a former executive, Huselton, who says that Bain’s actions actually saved the company.
    “There’s this vampire story that Bain comes in and shows it’s teeth and sucks the blood out of the operation,” says Huselton. “It’s really quite the opposite. We went out looking for a blood donor. Bain came in, and the way I look at it actually gave us a blood transfusion.”

  2. John Kass nails it.


    When President Barack Obama asked stoners Harold & Kumar to help with his message, the inevitable was bound to happen.

    And it did, dude.

    The first two days at the Democratic National Convention have been a disaster of biblical proportions as far as political messaging. There was that squabble over whether the party platform should even mention God, and include a reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    And there was also the uproar on the right from that convention video in which the DNC introduced a new Orwellian slogan:

    “Government is the only thing that we all belong to.”

    It didn’t get better. Later Wednesday, just after former president and multitasker Bill Clinton delivered his big speech to rekindle visions of Democratic glory days, a rabbi was scheduled to come onstage. That’s the rabbi of Clinton’s former Oval Office intern and sex partner Monica Lewinsky, and he was invited to give the closing benediction.

    Who spilled the bong water at the DNC? If this isn’t a messaging disaster caused by post-traumatic bowl syndrome, what is?

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