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Romney criticizes Obama for fostering "culture of dependency"

By Katherine Harbin (Xinhua)

14:31, August 08, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to supporters in a factory at the Elk Grove Village, western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Baoping)

CHICAGO, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- In a campaign event outside Chicago, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of making people more dependent on government, and criticized recent comments Obama has made about individual success.

Specifically, Romney accused Obama of trying to reverse a 1996 bipartisan compromise made by Republicans and President Bill Clinton to reform welfare work requirements, Romney referring to a July directive given by the Obama Administration granting waivers for states to administer their own welfare requirements.

Romney said that such measures lessened obligations and "took the work out of welfare," and that Obama was encouraging people to be more dependent on government.

"If I'm president I will put work back in welfare," Romney said at the event in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, speaking to workers at Acme Industries. "There is nothing better than a good job to help lift a family, to allow people to be able to provide for themselves, and to end the spread of a culture of dependency."

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