Romney camp doubles down on welfare reform claim
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell weighs in
- Duration 5:18
- Date Aug 8, 2012
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell weighs in
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The release of this welfare reform and by the Romney campaign causing a fire install both the White House and President Clinton.
Blasting the -- as on true.
The Romney campaign responded today by doubling down with help from -- senator Joseph Biden.
A concept of workfare in 1986 I remember being pilloried by -- Colleagues on the democratic side at the time.
-- suggesting that the -- mandatory work requirement for anyone receiving welfare.
I was not -- -- -- huge supporter of the media of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell says the Romney campaign could not be more right governor welcome to the program.
That's -- governor Romney says.
President Obama is gusting the Bill Clinton's welfare reform.
-- -- Why carry the welfare reform bill here -- -- for governor -- in 1995.
Which became one of the bases that 96.
Plan that Clinton's side -- -- -- speaker Gingrich.
And the essence of that Bill Stewart was work work for benefits you work -- and and order to get money to take care of your kids that.
In return you get health care and transportation and child care and so this -- recent -- the way I read it from secretary Sebelius.
Goes right to the heart of providing alternative strategies and creative methods and other innovative ways.
To do things in place of work is the way I read it in the way they're willing to.
Give these kinds of waivers to the states and I think that does go right to the heart of what this social compact with all about that's been working for sixteen years now.
You have very much on -- it was governor Romney's attack on the president Obama's approach to -- -- you -- on board -- it's a very direct attack you're wrong with that.
Well I think it's a good contrast between what Mitt Romney try to do to strengthen welfare reform laws.
When they only had about 15% of people Massachusetts -- out of work.
When he became governor and he routinely try to strengthen that requirement to get people off of government dependence.
And on and independents and President Obama is very clear in the late ninety's -- the state senator that he did not really support.
The bill that President Clinton signed in 1996 so.
I think that that bringing it -- today Stuart.
Other two candidates is going to be better on making sure we break the cycles of the -- And help people that that -- to work and get off of of government welfare I think that's exactly.
Well the -- you're a Republican Republican governor all -- Virginia President Obama leads slightly in Virginia.
Ohio is doing quite well it's got a Republican governor President Obama leads in Ohio Wisconsin Republican governor doing a little better.
President Obama leads.
This is a problem is that in the polls when you state does well.
-- run by Republicans.
That present a bomb the Democrat does well what.
Get a development.
Well you know it depends on -- the voters ultimately give credit.
Stewart yet the president -- -- slightly in the -- now I've seen other polls that showed a dead heat the point is eight.
Four months ago President Obama is up I think -- eight points and the gap continues to get to get narrow I think the enthusiasm on the Republican side.
But the poll that came out today that I had that rounded out by a little -- was very telling into -- one.
It's people trust.
Mitt Romney more on the economy that will decide this election.
And secondly that Robby is up by seven points against independent yeah -- an independent of the block that are gonna determine the outcome so.
I'm not -- all they want all accounts that is the one in ninety days.
If I asked you about the vice presidency you simply wouldn't answer -- you're diplomat you would not answer book if I -- Asked you surely you would tell me what it's like to go through all of this very close scrutiny that you are going through.
-- -- -- -- With George surely I would tell you that I'll do an inning I can't help Mitt Romney win now whether the presidency when Virginia so as surely I would tell you that there's only one -- that matters and that's in Boston so like you'll have to ask them.
I'll bet that -- are are you ready willing and able to sub in the second highest post in the land.
Well that's up to Mitt Romney what I am willing to do with the help Mitt Romney become the president because -- getting -- greatest country back to work and added that.
There's -- donated there and I think they've obviously got to do it.
You know governor this is fun but would you like to be more closely involved at a very senior level in the running of the country.
-- Hey you know what chairman of the Republican governors association of -- elected about eight new governors to help Mitt Romney is president and now I've got my hands full.
Do and that the -- and I will say that Virginia and many other states as you pointed out there were run by Republican governors.
That have dropped their unemployment rate that have -- billions in surpluses that have cut deficits.
That's the kind of government you're gonna get from a former Republican governor Mitt Romney you that's what -- -- canard.
You you all positioning itself very well and you ran out -- clock.
-- Bob McDonnell Republican governor of Virginia thanks for joining us so we do appreciate.