Rove: Romney Right to 'Ding' Obama on Welfare

Thursday, 09 Aug 2012 11:42 AM

By Greg McDonald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republican political consultant Karl Rove says President Barack Obama has transformed from a figure of hope into “a conventional politician” who is incapable of turning the economy around in time to “rescue him” from defeat in November.
Rove also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday the Mitt Romney campaign was right to “ding” Obama for tinkering with the 1996 welfare reform law to make it easier for people to qualify for benefits. 

Citing recent polls, Rove said “President Obama’s negatives stem from his handling of the economy primarily,” an indication the American people believe “he’s turning into a conventional politician, not the, you know, figure of hope and aspiration that people had in 2008” when he was elected.

Rove said Romney’s negatives are based on questions of whether he’s “a rich guy” who has any concern for the middle class and whether he has a plan and is “strong enough and presidential enough to get it done.”

Given a choice between the two, Rove said he’d rather be the candidate with “Mitt Romney’s problems,” than Obama’s because even “a radically improving economy” won’t help the president before November.

“We are not going to get the kind of jobs and economic growth that are going to rescue him,” said Rove, now a Fox New contributor and the founder of the pro-GOP super PAC Crossroads GPS.

“We’re going to be in October and November, essentially where we are today, with 13 million people unemployed, unemployment above 8.2 percent, home values low, family income down, people worried about the future,” he said.

Rove also suggested a Romney ad charging the president changed the 1996 welfare reform law to in effect do away with the work requirement is likely to reinforce the image of Obama as an ordinary politician who abuses his power.

“I think Romney was right to ding them,” Rove said of the ad.

“What they’re trying to do is to make it easier for people to stay on welfare longer by jimmying around with the definitions” of work, Rove said, referring to an Obama administration waiver program that essentially provides options for the states to consider when determining welfare benefits.

“They are making it more difficult to reduce welfare. They’re making it easier to increase and lengthen and keep people on welfare,” he added.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Faithful Prepare to Celebrate Canonization of 2 Beloved Popes

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 20:35 PM

Rome is "ready, very ready" for the canonization of former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, the Eternal City's mayor,  . . .

Kristol, Dershowitz Slam Effort to Rig Electoral College

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 19:37 PM

Conservatives slammed the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College's role in presidential elections, saying tha . . .

Hollywood Finding Hits With Films for the Faithful

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 19:46 PM

With "Heaven Is for Real" bringing in $21.5 million over the Easter weekend, Hollywood has its fourth faith-based box of . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved