THE ABOVE audio and text of Hillary Rodham Clinton touting welfare reform in her memoir landed in my inbox Thursday from the “Romney Press Shop.” Here’s the transcript:
President Obama’s Own Top Advisers Supported President Clinton’s Bipartisan Welfare Reforms:
Hillary Clinton, President Obama’s Future Secretary Of State, On The Success Of Welfare Reform: “Welfare Rolls Had Dropped … And Millions Of Parents Had Gone To Work.” “By the time Bill and I left the White house, welfare rolls had dropped 60 percent from 14.1 million to 5.8 million, and millions of parents had gone to work. States had supported part-time and low-wage work by continuing to provide medical benefits and food stamps for these workers. By January 2001, child poverty had decreased by more than 25 percent and was at its lowest rate since 1979.” (Hillary Clinton, Living History, 2003, p. 370)
It’s ironic that the first press email I got from Team Romney touts Hillary against Obama as their top entry, this time using Pres. Clinton’s welfare-to-work as the weapon.
I still don’t know what they think they’ll gain from using Hillary, but they obviously hope it will keep the welfare issue in the news.
TM NOTE: As regular readers know, I’ve been working to get on the Romney campaign’s press list literally for over 6 months. It’s a very routine request, as a national political writer. Well, Team Romney campaign correspondence landed in my inbox on Thursday, so, let’s just say mission accomplished.