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Food stamps come up in the campaign obliquely

The issue of food stamps came up in the presidential debate on Tuesday night, but both campaigns used the program only as an example.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cited the increase in food stamp participation from 32 million people to almost 47 million people as an example of failed economic policies, a point he has made earlier on the campaign trail. But Romney did not mention calls by Republican members of Congress to make it more difficult for people to sign up for food stamps or to reduce benefit levels.

After the debate, the Obama-Biden campaign cited Romney’s decision while governor of Massachusetts to sign a contract for Citigroup to operate a call center for food stamp beneficiaries as an example of outsourcing jobs.