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August 8th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

KTH: Truth about Romney campaign welfare ad

Anderson Cooper reports on an ad by the Romney campaign that claims Pres. Obama wants to drop welfare work requirements.

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August 8th, 2012
09:25 PM ET

Gingrich: 'No proof' of claims in Romney ad

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich acknowledged there is no proof to back up claims about President Obama's welfare policy in a controversial Romney ad.

The ad has been widely criticized for inaccurately stating Obama wants to "gut welfare reform" by "dropping work requirements." The narrator tells viewers, "you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check."

Gingrich defended the ad and repeated a line similarly used by Romney in campaign speeches. "This is an administration which has maximized the increase in dependency, maximized the number of people on food stamps, maximized the effort to get people to rely on the government."

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August 8th, 2012
07:24 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Welfare warfare

Mitt Romney surrogate Newt Gingich talked with Anderson tonight about the uproar over the Romney campaign ad that claims Pres. Obama is "gutting" welfare reform.

You may recall, back in 1996, when Gingrich was House Speaker he worked with Pres. Clinton to get welfare reform passed by Congress.

Fast-forward 16 years to today and there are accusations the Obama administration is trying to change the law.

"Under Obama's plan, you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check," the narrator of the ad says.

At issue is an Obama administration proposal sent in a memo last month that allows states to "test alternative and innovative strategies, policies, and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families."

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