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The ad, released Wednesday, responds to a $6 million ad campaign by a group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers accusing Mr. Obama of engaging in pay-for-play politics in the bankruptcy of California energy company Solyndra, which imploded despite a $528 million federal loan.

Mr. Obama’s ad opens by citing “secretive billionaires attacking President Obama with ads fact-checkers say are not tethered to the facts.” It says that the president has added 2.7 million clean-energy jobs while reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, calling Mr. Obama’s record on ethics “unprecedented.”

The voiceover ends by saying, “President Obama. Kept his promise to toughen ethics rules and strengthen America’s energy economy.”


Obama to visit five states after speech

President Obama plans to visit five states after next week’s State of the Union address to court voters who will be critical to his re-election campaign.

The president will discuss proposals from Tuesday’s address in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Phoenix on Wednesday and in Las Vegas and Denver on Thursday. On Friday, Obama will speak in Detroit.

The White House has not outlined policy proposals the president will make in his address. With the nation trying to move forward from a deep economic recession, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday the speech would have economic themes similar to those the president has been discussing in other forums.

“He is fiercely focused on economic growth and job creation and … using every tool available to him to assist him in that project,” Mr. Carney said.

The president will “travel around the country to talk about the issues that are important to Americans in every state, including, most importantly, economic growth and job creation,” he said.

A Republican spokeswoman said Mr. Obama’s travels are politically motivated and they accused him of being focused entirely on his re-election campaign.

“It’s clear President Obama has abandoned governing and is in complete campaign mode,” said the Republican National Committee’s Kirsten Kukowski.

The five states are expected to be heavily contested by both Mr. Obama and his Republican challenger this year.

Mr. Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, setting him on a path to the White House, but the state looks like a toss-up this year. Colorado, Nevada and Arizona are three Western states that the president’s campaign covets, while Michigan is expected to get ample attention from Republicans because of the economic recession that hurt the state’s manufacturing base.


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