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
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.