Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the Obama administration has revived a strain of old-school liberalism that puts its brand of politics far to the left of former President Bill Clinton.
“President Clinton said the era of big government was over. President Obama brought it back with a vengeance,” Mr. Romney said in an address at Lansing Community College in Michigan, where he attempted to cast Mr. Obama as an out-of-touch radical.
“President Clinton made efforts to reform welfare as we knew it,” he said, referring to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which Mr. Clinton signed in 1996. “President Obama is trying tirelessly to expand the welfare state to all Americans, with promises of more programs, more benefits, and more spending.”
Having all but sewn up his party’s nomination, Mr. Romney basically is making daily campaign stops while he barnstorms the nation to raise money for his general-election campaign against Mr. Obama.