GOP pollster says it's 'ridiculous' to say Republicans want to get rid of welfare

Republican pollster Conor Maguire on Friday told Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" on Friday that it is "ridiculous" to say that the GOP wants to get rid of welfare in the U.S. 

"The welfare system is there for a reason. It's a safety net that's very important to this country," Maguire, a senior client strategist at WPA Intelligence, told host Jamal Simmons. 

"I think Republicans do get branded as saying we want to get rid of it all, the transfer of payments, that's ridiculous," he continued. "It's very, very important to our country. Everyone needs help." 

"I think that is something that we need to remember, that we need to treat things on an individual level. If there's waste, that needs to be reduced," he said. 

Maguire's comments come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE's 2020 budget proposal was released earlier this week, with cuts to a number of social programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. 

The proposal is essentially dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled House but sets the stage for a shutdown fight with Congress later this year. 

— Julia Manchester