Huffpost Media

Joe Scarborough Slams Mitt Romney Welfare Ads: 'It's Just Completely False' (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated:

On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough laced into Mitt Romney's camp over a lineup of welfare ads that repeat a false claim against President Barack Obama.

"I've been looking for a week-and-a-half to try to figure out the basis of this welfare reform ad," Scarborough said. "I've scoured the Wall Street Journal editorial pages … the ad's completely false. It's just completely false."

Romney's August attacks charged that the Obama administration ended work requirements for welfare program participants.

"Since 1996, welfare recipients have been required to work," the August 20 ad said. "This bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. On July 12th, President Obama quietly ended the work requirement, gutting welfare reform."

After the initial Aug. 7 ad aired, FactCheck.org detailed the holes in those words:

Work requirements are not simply being “dropped.” States may now change the requirements — revising, adding or eliminating them — as part of a federally approved state-specific plan to increase job placement.

And it won’t “gut” the 1996 law to ease the requirement. Benefits still won’t be paid beyond an allotted time, whether the recipient is working or not.

Related on HuffPost:

Close
Romney Campaign Ads
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Joe Scarborough Hammers Media, Tells Mitt Romney To 'Fight Or ...

Joe Scarborough: Mitt Romney Doesn't Feel Politics In His Bones ...

Joe Scarborough: Mitt Romney's Heckler Admission Was 'Mystifying ...

Joe Scarborough: Nobody Thinks Romney Is Going To Win | Mediaite

Joe Scarborough says Gov. Christie should be asked to be Mitt ...

'Morning Joe' host: GOP establishment thinks Mitt Romney will lose ...

WATCH: Joe Scarborough Rips Mitt Romney On Foreign Policy ...

Joe Scarborough: Mitt Romney "Cynical," "Doesn't Have A Worldview"

Say It Ain't So, Morning Joe