Keyes Says Obama's Welfare Role Exaggerated

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Keyes told Republicans in Decatur Thursday that Obama shouldn't take credit for cutting the state's welfare rolls.

Obama is a state senator who was a Democratic negotiator on Illinois' welfare reform package in 1997, but he wasn't the lead sponsor.

Obama says he's never claimed he single-handedly reformed welfare, but he says he did play a key role in shaping the bill that eventually passed.

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