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Rep. Blackburn Defends Romney Welfare Ad

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 12:30 PM

By John Bachman and Andra Varin

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn said a Mitt Romney ad accusing the Obama administration of cutting work requirements for welfare recipients is “spot on” and said Romney is a better choice for women voters.

The Tennessee Republican told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview that she believes Romney would help women build better lives for themselves and their families.

“Women have been disproportionately affected by the proposals that have taken place by the Obama administration,” Blackburn said.

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“You’ve got four out of 10 single family-head households that are receiving government assistance. And so many of these mom and women that I talk to say, ‘Hey, you now what we’re looking for is an opportunity to be able to increase our jobs and our earnings from our work,’” she said.

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A new Romney ad accuses President Barack Obama of planning to “gut’ the Welfare Rreform Act by dropping work requirements for recipients. President Bill Clinton, who signed the measure into law in 1996, has called the ad untrue. But Blackburn said it’s all too accurate.

“I’ve got to tell you, the ad is spot on,” she said. “For those of us who have served in state legislatures, we know that you have to be able to incentivize work. And you have to have an individual seek and want to get back to work.”

She said Tennessee’s Families First program and similar projects in other states had done much to get single mothers working, thus improving the lives of both the women and their children.

“You look at the plight of single moms, if you will, and the number of women that were able to move to work, to consistency in that work, to a better life for their families, and the number of stories that each of us have heard from individuals. Women who appreciated having the support and the help and the ability to get jobs training and get back into a productive work situation and be able to support their families,” she said.

Blackburn said the most important issues to her constituents this election season are jobs and the economy.

“They want to see something done. Our small business owners are not seeing the kind of certainty that they need to see in order to have the ability to add employees and to grow their businesses,” she said.

Blackburn said Tennessee voters feel constricted by federal regulations and worry about hidden costs in the Obama healthcare law.

“They’re beginning to say, ‘Wait a minute. You know, the things that we were told – if you like what you have, you can keep it – that’s not in this bill, that the cost of health care would go down, that the cost of health insurance would go down.’ And they’re seeing both the cost of delivery of health care and the cost of health insurance go up. I’ve had businesses that have had their insurance premiums increase by 100 percent, with no adverse events.,” she said.

Asked whether the GOP could retain control of the House and perhaps take the Senate as well, Blackburn said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was to blame for the lack of legislation being passed.

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“Many of our constituents are learning and are realizing we in the House have been doing our job. We have passed the bills, we’ve sent them to the Senate, we’ve sent the Senate a budget, we’ve got 32 jobs bills that are waiting action in the Senate and they are beginning to realize that while the House has been at work, the Senate has been asleep, catching up on their naps, and they’re not getting the job done,” she said.

“They are really frustrated with what they see happening in the Senate and the seeming unwillingness of Harry Reid to just call the vote on some of these things,” she added. “You know, put them on the floor and take an up or down vote. If they fail, they fail. But he won’t even do that and it is really frustrating.”

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