Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made a campaign trail stop in Elk Grove Village on Tuesday.
Romney spoke out about welfare during the visit to Acme Industries, praising the welfare reform act that was passed in 1996, but accusing President Obama of reducing work requirements to qualify for welfare.
Last month a set of welfare waivers were issued that give states more flexibility when it comes to carrying out federal requirements. Several Republican governors have asked for the change. Romney commented on welfare reform Tuesday, saying, "They reformed welfare not just to save money, more importantly, they reformed welfare to encourage people to work. They did not want a culture of dependency to continue to grow in our country, but instead, wanted to have people have the blessings of work, and by virtue of that bipartisan effort that put work back into welfare, you saw the welfare case load cut in half."
Romney rounded out the visit with a moment of silence for the victims of the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. He said, "The tragedy is even more profound because the Sikh religion and the Sikh people are such peaceful, loving individuals. And I think its also more tragic because the shooter was apparently someone who was motivated by hate. Hate based on race. Hate based on religion."
The presidential candidate spent Tuesday raising money in Illinois and Iowa before holding a campaign event in Des Moines on Wednesday.
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