The Republican National Committee has put another $5 million behind a TV ad that’s one the gentlest, calmest political spots on the airwaves.
The ad shows Obama taking the oath of office surrounded by his family. “President Obama came to the White House with big plans,” it says, ticking through promises Obama made like reducing unemployment and cutting the deficit in half.
“He tried, you tried. It’s OK to make a change,” the ad says.
Republicans say the ad fares well especially with women, who are among the president’s strongest constituencies and whom the Obama campaign is counting on to come out for him in large numbers.
“They like him personally, but they don’t feel he’s done the job,” RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said. Instead of taking an us-against-them tone, he said, the message is, “We’re all in this together.”
Crossroads GPS ran an ad earlier this year that was noteworthy for its direct pitch to women. The ad featured a single mother worrying about her own retirement and the employment prospects for her two children.
“I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully. He promised change, but things changed for the worse,” the woman said.
Mike McKenna, a Republican who runs an independent polling and strategy firm, told colleagues months ago that Republicans needed to help disappointed voters get over the hurdle of acknowledging that their 2008 support for Obama was a well-intentioned mistake.
• Associated Press writer Charles Babington in Washington contributed to this report.
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