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Ryan says states do a better job fighting poverty
Says federal programs are ineffective
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Kevin Niedermier
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GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says getting government out of the way of anti-poverty efforts will reduce poverty in this country.

Ryan was speaking today at Cleveland State University. He maintains that for 50years, federal programs aimed at helping poor people have increased dependency on welfare because  many are ineffective.

And Ryan argues that Bill Clinton’s welfare-to-work reforms succeeded because they gave state’s more control.  Similarly, he says he and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would give states more control of Medicaid and food stamps.

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“The federal government will continue to provide the resources, but we would remove endless federal mandates and restrictions that hamper state efforts to make these programs more effective. If the question is what is best for low-income Ohioans, should we let Ohioans make that call?”

Two weeks ago, Ryan was criticized for a photo op at a Youngstown soup kitchen in which he cleaned already clean pans.

And advocates say both the presidential campaigns have largely ignored the one-in-six Americans living in poverty.

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