RNC: This Week in Change III

Obama Continues His Trend of Adopting the Most Politically Expedient Position on Important Issues WASHINGTON , July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee: (Logo...


Obama Continues His Trend of Adopting the Most Politically Expedient Position on Important Issues

WASHINGTON , July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee:

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/RNCLOGO )

WELFARE REFORM

Yesterday, Obama Released A New Campaign Ad That Shows His Shift On Welfare Reform:

Obama's New Ad Aligns Him With Welfare Reform, But Fails To Mention His Opposition To The 1996 Federal Welfare Reform Legislation. " Barack Obama aligned himself with welfare reform on Monday, launching a television ad which touts the way the overhaul 'slashed the rolls by 80 percent.' Obama leaves out, however, that he was against the 1996 federal legislation which precipitated the caseload reduction."( Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Shifts On Welfare Reform," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 7/1/08)

Obama's "Transformation From Opponent To Champion Of Welfare Reform" Is His Latest Shift In Position For The General Election." Obama's transformation from opponent to champion of welfare reform is the latest in a series of moves to the center. Since capturing the Democratic nomination, Obama has altered his stances on Social Security taxes, meeting with rogue leaders without preconditions, and the constitutionality of Washington, D.C.'s , sweeping gun ban."( Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Shifts On Welfare Reform," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 7/1/08)

Timeline Of Obama's Welfare Transformation:

1996: "When Clinton Was Poised To Sign Welfare Reform While Running For Re-Election In 1996, Obama Called It 'Disturbing.'" ( Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Shifts On Welfare Reform," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 7/1/08)

1997: Obama Said That He Would Not Have Supported The 1996 Federal Welfare Reform. Obama: "I am not a defender of the status quo with respect to welfare. Having said that, I probably would not have supported the federal legislation, because I think it had some problems." (Sen. Barack Obama , State Of Illinois 90th General Assembly Regular Session Senate Transcript, 5/31/97, www.ilga.gov, p. 42)

1999: Obama: "I Made Sure Our New Welfare System Didn't Punish People By Kicking Them Off The Rolls."(Corey Hall, "State Sen. Barack Obama Announces For Congress," Hyde Park Citizen , 9/30/99)

2007: Obama Refused To Answer Whether He Would Have Signed Into Law The 1996 Welfare Reform Bill Had He Been President. "While campaigning for president in 2007, Obama refused on two occasions to say if he would have signed the same welfare-reform bill approved by the husband of his top rival. After addressing the International Association of Firefighters on March 14, 2007 , Obama told ABC News, 'I tend not to look back to what would have been done 10 years ago. We're talking about what I'm going to be doing for the next 10 years.' When ABC News posed the same question four months later, Obama again refused to answer. 'I'm not going to re-litigate what happened back in the 90s,' said Obama at a July 17, 2007 , press conference in Washington, D.C. 'I'm talking about what's going to be happening going forward.' 'Bill Clinton isn't on the ballot,' he added." ( Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Shifts On Welfare Reform," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 7/1/08)

2008: Obama Releases A Campaign Ad Touting The Achievements Of Illinois Welfare Reform Legislation Which Brought The State Into Compliance With The 1996 Federal Law. Announcer: "He passed a law to move people from welfare to work, slashed the rolls by eighty percent." (Obama For America, "Obama Campaign Releases Second General Election Television Ad," Press Release, 6/30/08)

D.C. HANDGUN BAN

Last Week, Obama Said He Thought The D.C. Handgun Ban Was Unconstitutional:

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