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Romney repeats charge Obama is 'gutting' welfare reform. Is that a distortion? (+video)

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Mitt Romney on Wednesday doubled down on charges that President Obama plans on “gutting” welfare reform by easing work requirements for recipients.

In doing so, his campaign repeated assertions widely condemned by Democrats and independent fact-checkers as inaccurate. Is Mr. Romney unfairly misrepresenting the administration’s record in this area?

Romney’s claims are a “drastic distortion” of planned changes to the existing Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, according to PolitiFact.com. The website gave the charges its lowest rating, “Pants on Fire."

First, a little background: The presidential campaign is suddenly mired in a swamp of dubious assertions, half-truths, and unfair conflations.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s statement that Mitt Romney may have paid no taxes for 10 years leads the way here. Senator Reid has sourced his information to an unnamed Bain Capital investor, but he has refused to provide any further evidence for this explosive charge, or to release any further tax information of his own.

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