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.”