Romney opens attack on Obama over welfare law

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a new line of attack on President Barack Obama on Tuesday for waiving parts of a landmark welfare-to-work law, but Obama’s team argued Romney had backed a similar move as Massachusetts governor.

Romney targeted Obama’s plan to let states seek a waiver from the work requirements of a 1996 welfare law that was a signature bipartisan achievement of former Democratic President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Romney’s attack, laid out in a new television ad and a topic he addressed at a campaign event in Obama’s home state, is aimed at bolstering his charge that Obama’s solution to many of America’s problems is to rely on government.