Team Obama: Romney talking welfare to distract from own gaffes

“They don’t care about the facts, they’re just launching these attacks, and if I were on their side I’d be doing the same thing because they’ve gotten a lot of water that they’ve taken on in recent weeks,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter told CNN on Wednesday. “From their trip to Europe, where they insulted our allies and embarrassed our country, to the independent economic report that came out last week that showed that if he wanted to pass his $5 trillion tax plan, he was going to have to pass tax increases on the middle class.

“They’re looking to change the subject, but it’s just not factually honest, and that’s a problem for him,” she added.

Mitt Romney stumbled on the first day of his foreign trip earlier this month when the Republican candidate appeared to question London’s ability to host the Summer Olympics.

 In an interview with NBC News, he described a few “disconcerting things” about the readiness of the host city. Romney’s comments were a huge story for the London newspapers, and Democrats pounced on the remarks, saying they were evidence Romney’s not ready for prime time.

Cutter rehashed the issue after the Romney campaign said it was standing by its new line of attack — a charge that President Obama “quietly gutted” the bipartisan welfare reforms crafted by former President Clinton in the mid-1990s.

 Democrats, including Clinton, have denounced Romney's assertion.

Republicans blasted Obama earlier this year after the administration made a policy change that could affect how states administer welfare.

 The policy allows states to test new approaches for boosting employment among low-income families through federal waivers that do away with the work requirement. States, however, would lose the waivers if they’re unable to prove that their methods are effective.

“The Romney campaign doesn’t want everybody to know that because they’re launching dishonest ads to change the subject,” Cutter continued. “But those are the facts, and I think the American people understand that. Look — you said 'pants on fire'; there are other fact-checks out today saying it’s dishonest, dubious, all of those things. It got panned across the board because it’s just not factually true.”