In their battle to claim the mantle of welfare reform, President Obama and Mitt Romney have each done so in the name of Bill Clinton, who claimed it as a signature accomplishment of his administration. Now, the former president is jumping into the fray, defending Obama as
Republicans accuse him of tearing down the law’s welfare-to-work centerpiece.

Romney’s campaign this week began to use Obama’s recent changes to the welfare system to stoke claims the current administration is “gutting” the landmark 1996 welfare reform agreement.

Those claims, though, have prompted a partisan battle — over a law that, until recently, few would have thought would ever surface in the 2012 race. Each candidate is trying to align with Clinton on the issue.

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