During Presidential elections, even strong, bipartisan policies can become political fodder, as candidates try to turn policies that most Americans agree on into partisan wedges. We saw this in 2012, when former Gov. Mitt Romney received a lot of media attention for an attack ad criticizing President Obama’s efforts undermining federal work requirements for welfare.
Work requirements have long enjoyed high levels of support from voters across the political spectrum. That’s why President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress were able to come together to make work requirements the centerpiece of their bipartisan, common-sense welfare reform package in 1996. It should come as no surprise, then, that Republican primary voters in four critical states – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida – say they are ready to make those requirements even stronger.