Obama Was Asked In 2007 If He Would Change Clinton Welfare Reform

President Obama has taken heat from the Romney campaign in a new ad saying he gutted the Clinton welfare reform plan from 1996. At a 2007 town hall, then Senator Obama was asked how he would change Clinton’s welfare reform plan. Obama said that Clinton’s plan “didn’t give people enough tools to get out of welfare.” Obama proposed ideas such as expanding the child tax credit, providing more help with transportation, expanding the earned income tax credit, providing health care entry level jobs if it is not provided, and increasing education and job training to help people get off welfare.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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