Appearing on CNN Wednesday night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) admitted “we have no proof” to support the most recent attack at by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney hitting President Barack Obama for supposedly scrapping a welfare work rule.
The ad is blatantly false; a fabrication critics say is aimed at stirring up resentment toward people of color. Yet, amid a flurry of negative speculation in the media over why Romney refuses to release his tax returns, the deceptive welfare attack has suddenly emerged at the very epicenter of the Republican’s struggling presidential campaign.
And on Wednesday night, Anderson Cooper just wouldn’t let Gingrich explain that away.
After pressing the issue several times trying to get Gingrich to say whether he believes the ad is accurate, the former speaker seemed to crack. “If the ad makers had asked me, I would have said, ‘This makes it possible’ would have been a good way to enter into the wording of what was said,” he tried to explain.
“We have no proof today, but I would say to you under Obama’s ideology, it is absolutely true that he would be comfortable with sending a lot of people checks for doing nothing. I believe that totally,” Gingrich added later in the interview, explaining that if it were his ad, it would have called Obama “the leading foodstamp president in American history.”
(Source: CNN and RawStory.com)