The Washington Times - June 25, 2012, 10:23AM

Showing concern over President Obama’s recent gaffe that the private sector was “doing fine,” the Obama campaign released a new ad Monday in nine battleground states reinforcing the president’s belief that more needs to be done to improve the economy.

The television ad begins with a narrator telling viewers about the president, “He’s fought to pull us out of economic crisis for three years — and he still is.”

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The spot criticizes presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his “attack ads,” saying, “Mitt Romney and his allies can spend millions to distort the president’s words, but they’re not interested in rebuilding the middle class — he is.”

On screen appears an image of Mr. Obama at a podium, and his now-notorious quote that “the private sector is doing fine.” Republicans seized on the president’s comment, accusing him of being out of touch, in their own campaign ads.

The Obama team’s ad is airing in Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Florida. Unlike with most other campaign ads, Obama campaign officials did not preview this one for journalists.