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Points amiss in Romney’s ads on welfare

Fact checkers criticize, but voters respond

Mitt Romney’s ads attacking President Obama for a plan to “gut welfare reform” have been criticized by independent fact checkers but, fair or not, their message is resonating with some swing-state voters who say they’ve worked hard for a living and won’t support a president who they believe would enable free riders.

In its original welfare ad launched last week, and in two sequels, the Romney campaign asserts that Obama “has a long history of opposing work for welfare” and that last month, he waived the federal work requirement on people who receive welfare benefits.

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