2012 ELECTION

Obama, Romney: welfare attack ad takes center stage

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An attack ad accusing President Barack Obama of ruining the welfare system took center stage in the race for the White House Tuesday. The ad claims that the president ended work and training requirements for welfare.

Independent analysts like PolitiFact take major issue with the ad, labeling it "pants on fire", meaning completely false. Team Obama struck back with his own ad stating that the welfare ad is "full of outright lies".

Meanwhile, all four men who want to be president and vice president spread across the nation Tuesday in an effort to win over voters.

Vice President Joe Biden told voters in southern Virginia on Tuesday that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them "back in chains," sparking outrage from the GOP campaign. Romney's campaign said the comments marked a "new low" for the Obama campaign.

"The comments made by the vice president of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election," said Andrea Saul, Romney's spokeswoman. "President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden's comments."

Obama's campaign stood by Biden, saying the comments were a variation on remarks he makes often about the need to "unshackle" the middle class.

The campaign said the metaphor was meant to counter Republican calls to unshackle the private sector from Obama-backed regulations.

 

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