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Clinton goes it alone in new Obama ad

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Former President Bill Clinton appears alone in a new ad for President Obama’s campaign, touting Mr. Obama’s vision as Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign continues to use Mr. Clinton’s landmark welfare reform during his time as president to attack the current one.

“This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment,” Mr. Clinton says in ad, titled “Clear Choice.” “The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper-income people and go back to deregulation. That’s what got us in trouble in the first place.”

The Romney campaign has used Mr. Clinton in their own ads, accusing Mr. Obama of “gutting” the welfare reform law Mr. Clinton signed 16 years ago yesterday, though independent fact-checkers have deemed the charge that Mr. Obama recently removed the work requirements in the law as false.

“President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class,” Mr. Clinton continues in the ad. “That’s what happened when I was president. We need to keep going with his plan.”

The ad will air in eight swing states: New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

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