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At a rally last week in Wichita, Kansas, as Vice President Mike Pence kicked off a swing of campaign appearances across the Midwest, he unveiled a new GOP talking point. “We’re gonna stand firm and get a farm bill that includes work requirements for people—able-bodied Americans—on food stamps so we get people back into the workforce and back enjoying the dignity of work,” Pence told the crowd gathered at an old hangar near McConnell Air Force Base. “We’re going to do it.”

The Problem With Pence’s New Talking Point

On the midterm campaign trail, the vice president is assuring voters that Republicans will implement stricter work requirements for food-stamp recipients. He’s probably wrong.


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