In a new television ad, the GOP presidential hopeful hammers Obama for granting new flexibility to state welfare programs, suggesting the changes will empower low-income recipients to collect government checks without working — or even looking for work — as the Clinton-era law required.
"Under Obama's plan, you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check," the ad charges, adding that Romney "will restore the work requirement."
The message is a dog whistle of sorts to white, blue-collar voters — a group Obama has struggled to court and both sides are fighting to woo in key swing states like Ohio, Colorado and Florida.
It also aims to paint Obama as a supporter of big-government solutions to improve the economy at the expense of both personal responsibility and job creation.
YouTube description: In 1996, President Clinton signed bipartisan legislation to reform welfare by requiring work. Sixteen years later, President Obama quietly gutted this landmark law. Mitt Romney will restore the bipartisan reforms to welfare and move our country in the right direction.