At a campaign event in South Carolina on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticized rival Hillary Clinton for her support of a bill that had serious ramifications for the poorest in the country who rely on welfare cash assistance.
Sanders pointed out that Clinton helped round up votes for welfare reform passed in 1996, which was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. “What welfare reform did, in my view, was to go after some of the weakest and most vulnerable people in this country,” he said. “And, during that period, I spoke out against so-called welfare reform because I thought it was scapegoating people who were helpless, people who were very, very vulnerable. Secretary Clinton at that time had a very different position on welfare reform — strongly supported it and worked hard to round up votes for its passage.”