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Thumbnail image for Whitman.JPGGOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman takes aim at the state's welfare program in a new radio ad that she's unveiling today. Listen to the ad here.

She echoes rival Republican candidate Steve Poizner in proposing to cut state lifetime welfare limits from five to two years and pointing out that California claims about a third of the country's welfare recipients while its share of the national population is much lower.

"Some people worry that we're creating a welfare state," Whitman says in the ad."The fact is, California is the welfare state."

The ad is Whitman's first to address only one issue. Poizner has yet to buy any radio or TV advertising.

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