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Republican Lies About Welfare and Obama

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/08/22/159791065/despite-fact-checks-romney-escalates-welfare-work-requirement-charge  

Even Republican Newt Gingrich said there was "no proof" to support Romney's claims.  click here  

The Romney campaign responded through pollster Neil Newhouse who said matter-of-factly, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/mitt-romney-_n_1836139.html  

In this context, Maddow made her prediction that Santorum, who has had several dramatic engagements of his own with untruth, would end up lying in his speech about Obama and welfare reform.  

Sure enough, Santorum lied when he said,   "This summer [Obama] showed us once again he believes in government handouts and dependency by waiving the work requirement for welfare".   I helped write the welfare reform bill; we made the law crystal clear -- no president can waive the work requirement. But as with his refusal to enforce our immigration laws, President Obama rules like he is above the law."   click here  

When the MSNBC panel returned after the speech, one of its members, Chris Matthews, commented respectfully on Santorum's speech and remarked that Santorum hadn't even mentioned welfare.   Moments later Maddow gently and gracefully corrected him and Matthews admitted he'd missed the comments. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc/48820830#48820830  

The next day, on The Maddow Blog featured Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback reluctantly acknowledging that the Romney campaign's claims about work and welfare are false. http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/29/13550054-brownback-concedes-welfare-attack-isnt-true  

And the ads are still running.   

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