However, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used looser language in her April 18 letter to Congress, saying that waivers would only be granted to states for proposals that “will move at least 20 percent more people from welfare to work.”
The aides and officials, however, undermined their case by declining to define “work.”
Previous efforts by progressives to revamp the law included proposals to redefine “work” to include training classes, and even transport to and from training classes.
Amid the push by Romney, the campaign’s language became more heated throughout the day.
“Romney’s welfare record? He offered free access to cars for welfare recipients in MA,” charged a tweet from Cutter.
During the midday press conference, White House spokesman Jay Carney declared Romney’s “Right Choice” ad to be “categorically false … blatantly dishonest … an utter misrepresentation [and] …. dishonest and false.”
“STOP THE PRESSES: Mitt Romney is lying again,” Brad Woodhouse, the spokesman for Democratic National Committee tweeted at 2:40 p.m.