"There's no question in my mind that the president's action was calculated to... shore up his base," Romney said, according to an extended quote that USA Today provided to The Huffington Post.There are not enough people on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to constitute much of a "base," but Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul clarified that the base in question isn't just welfare recipients but
The Romney campaign is airing an advertisement falsely charging that Mr. Obama has "quietly announced" plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for welfare beneficiaries, a message Mr. Romney’s aides said resonates with working-class voters who see government as doing nothing for them.Basically, it's "look over there, white working-class people! The black president wants to give lazy black people free cash. Because liberals." Delivered, of course, as a cover for the massive theft from the working and middle classes Romney and Paul Ryan want to put into law through tax policy, Medicare, Social Security, education, and health policy.
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