One of the mantras of the Republican campaign is that Mr. Obama is the “Food Stamp President”, a sentiment apparently coined by Newt Gingrich. The fact that a large number of Americans are receiving nutrition assistance is an attack point of the GOP in their criticism of the economic policies of the current administration.
Responding to the early polling showing President Obama with a bounce -- and lead -- after the two conventions, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse argues in a memo to reporters that the presidential contest "has not changed significantly."
"Don't get too worked up about the latest polling," Newhouse writes in the memo. "While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly. The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race."
Newhouse adds, "The key numbers in this election are the 43 straight months of 8% or higher unemployment, the 23 million Americans struggling to find work, and the 47 million Americans who are on food stamps."
When asked how their economic policies would increase incomes of the people on food stamps so they could afford to feed themselves and their families as Republican spokesperson said
“Don’t be silly, our policies are only going to help the wealthy”.
But to address the question of nutrition assistance the person went on to say
“Our policies won’t improve peoples lives so they can buy enough food, but what we will do is tighten up the eligibility, and more importantly cut the funding so that we can get 20 million, maybe 30 million people to be ineligible or to be last in line and get nothing because the funding ran out. See we can move people off of welfare and not raise taxes, in fact the savings from underfunding nutrition programs should allow for even greater tax cuts.”
Eight year old Tammie Sue Watkins, spokesperson for the group American Children Suffering From Mal-Nutrition was too weak from hunger to respond.