Romney’s decision to include Clinton’s image signing the 1996 welfare-reform law while alleging that Obama undermined the law’s work requirements has left the former president seething and eager to respond, associates say.
The ad is inaccurate. But GOP polling suggests it has been effective in exploiting racial misgivings of white middle-class voters, turning some away from Obama.
Romney should never have put Clinton in that welfare ad,” said longtime Democratic strategist Tad Devine. “Now, it’s personal. They’ve gone after a part of his presidency and tried to use it against Obama, and he’s going to take their head off. He will undo $10 million of TV advertising with two paragraphs in his speech.