NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, is inviting Romney to â€śspend a day with Catholic Sisters who work every day to meet the needs of struggling families in their communities,â€ť according to a release. The group is specifically targeting Romney a day after his campaign released amisleading ad about welfare reform that Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORKâ€™s executive director, said â€śdemonize[s] families in povertyâ€ť and shows Romneyâ€™s â€śignorance about the challengesâ€ť the poor face in America:
â€śRecent advertisements and statements from the campaign of Governor Romney demonize families in poverty and reflect woeful ignorance about the challenges faced by tens of millions of American families in these tough economic times,â€ť stated Sister Simone Campbell. â€śWe are all Godâ€™s children and equal in Godâ€™s eyes. Efforts to divide us by class or score political points at the expense of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters reveal the worst side of our countryâ€™s politics.â€ť
Romney has endorsed the House GOP budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). It was that plan, which includes deep cuts to food stamps and other safety net programs that benefit the middle class, that NETWORKâ€™s Nuns On A Bus tour targeted, with Campbell and other sisters blasting it as â€śimmoralâ€ť at the tourâ€™s conclusion in Washington D.C. Romney has also proposed massive tax cuts for the rich that would likely come at the expense of lower- and middle-class families, which would see higher taxes or significant cuts to the programs they depend on.
Those policies, Campbell told ThinkProgress, show that Romney â€śdoesnâ€™t have clueâ€ť about the struggles the poor face. â€śThe fact is, his policies shift wealth to the upper class,â€ť she said. â€śYes, it hurts the middle class, but it devastates those at the margins of our society.â€ť If Romney were to accept their invitation, Campbell said she would take him to places like St. Augustineâ€™s in Cleveland, where food programs â€śprovide a hand upâ€ť to the communityâ€™s neediest members. â€śHe thinks theyâ€™re lazy,â€ť Campbell said, in reference to Romneyâ€™s misleading welfare reform ad. â€śIt is hard work to keep things together when youâ€™re poor. He doesnâ€™t have a clue. Let him talk to them, and maybe theyâ€™ll touch his heart. And his mind too.â€ť
The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Campbell said she â€ślives in hopeâ€ť that he will accept, even if he spends only an hour with the group. â€śIâ€™ll take whatever I can get,â€ť Campbell said. â€śHe should accept.â€ť