WASHINGTON — During a surprise appearance in the White House Briefing Room on Monday, President Barack Obama responded to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s claim that Obama has “gutted” work requirements for welfare recipients. Obama called the charge “absolutely wrong.”
A reporter asked Obama if he was comfortable with the tone of his campaign, pointing to an ad by an Obama-supporting super PAC that implied Romney bore responsibility for a woman’s cancer death after her husband lost his job following a buyout by Romney’s former company.
“I don’t think that Gov. Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad,” Obama said. “But keep in mind this is an ad that I didn’t approve, I did not produce, and as far as I can tell, has barely run.”
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