President Obama’s campaign has released two new ads targeting Mitt Romney — one that again calls into question Mr. Romney’s business record and another that highlights his stance on abortion.
The first ad, titled “The Problem,” shows a clip of Mr. Romney saying in a debate that he’s not willing to let the Chinese continue taking American jobs.
“He made a fortune letting it happen,” the narrator says, citing recent reports on Mr. Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital when the company purportedly shipped jobs overseas. Independent fact-checkers have debunked many of those charges as false or misleading, but the Obama campaign has pushed back on the fact-checkers’ conclusions.
“Mitt Romney’s not the solution — he’s the problem,” the ad concludes.
“If the Obama team would spend half as much effort on the economy as they do creating false attacks, maybe the middle class would be better off,” said Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “But the American people have been hurt enough by this weak president’s failed policies and won’t let him deceive his way to a second term.”
The second ad, titled “Troubled,” points out Mr. Romney’s support of overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and defunding Planned Parenthood,
It also says he backed a law to outlaw all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest. But in a National Review Op-Ed in June 2011 titled “My Pro-Life Pledge,” Mr. Romney wrote that wasn’t the case, and his campaign labeled the ad false and misleading.
“I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother,” he wrote.
Ms. Henneberg said the president’s campaign just wants to change the subject after a disappointing jobs report released Friday showed that the economy added 80,000 jobs last month — lower than expected — and the national unemployment rate held steady at 8.2 percent.
“It’s no coincidence that a day after a disastrous jobs report, the Obama campaign drops viciously negative and false ads against Gov. Romney desperate to change the subject,” she said. “The economy has gone negative on President Obama, so he has decided to go negative on Mitt Romney.”
The spots are to air in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada and Virginia.