Romney TV ad repeats disputed welfare claim against Obama

Holly Bailey
The Ticket

For the third week in a row, Mitt Romney is out with a new television ad accusing President Barack Obama of dropping a work requirement approved under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.

Not unlike the last two TV spots, the ad flashes an image of former President Bill Clinton signing the welfare reforms into law and suggests Obama is undoing the law—even though Clinton has said Romney's attacks aren't true and independent fact-checking organizations have disputed Romney's claims.

"Since 1996, welfare recipients were required to work. This bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls," a narrator in the Romney ad says. "On July 12th, President Obama quietly ended the work requirement, gutting welfare reform."

The Romney ad then cites an Aug. 15 editorial from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which the narrator describes as "one of the most respected newspapers in America," calling Obama's move "nuts."

Earlier this month, PolitiFact rated an earlier Romney ad making similar claims about Obama and welfare reform as "pants on fire," a rating given to spots making untrue statements.

But Romney has continued on with his attack, mentioning at virtually every public stop in the last two weeks that he would "put work" back into welfare. It's a message he's expected to repeat today, as he campaigns in Manchester, N.H., with his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.

The Romney campaign declined to say how much it's spending on the ad or where it is running. But given its inclusion of the Times-Dispatch, the spot is presumably being shown in Virginia, a hotly contested battleground state this fall.