Two new Obama Campaign ads attacking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney launched this weekend. One ad attacked Romney over his personal finances and the offshoring involvement of his former company, Bain Capital. The other, a web ad, mocked Romney for demanding an apology from Obama for statements made by his campaign about Romney’s departure from Bain.
In the first ad, Obama uses a video of Romney singing “America the Beautiful” on the campaign trail as a soundtrack to a series of news stories, detailing jobs outsourced by Bain, jobs outsourced by Massachusetts while Romney was governor, and Romney’s bank accounts in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda. The ad closes with the tag line, “Mitt Romney: He’s not the solution. He’s the problem.”
The Romney campaign responded to the ad by complaining that the ads mocked “America the Beautiful.”
“Sad and shameful?”
“It is sad and shameful that President Obama would mock ‘America the Beautiful,’” said campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul in a statement. “But sadly it’s not surprising for the man who launched his presidency with an apology tour. The ‘Uncle Jims’ of our country - as he condescendingly calls middle-class Americans – don’t believe in mocking America the Beautiful and don’t believe in apologizing for America.”
Saul did not explain how the ad mocks “America the Beautiful.”
The second ad hit Romney over his demand for an apology from Obama over Obama campaign staff comments. Obama staffers had noted that Romney signed Securities and Exchange Commission documents between 1999 and 2002 listing him as sole stockholder of Bain, despite Romney’s continued assertion that he had ceased day-to-day control of the company in February of 1999. The Obama campaign had noted that falsifying SEC filings is a crime.
The ad contrasts Romney’s demand for an apology, and argument that the statement is beneath the “dignity” of the White House, with a series of statements by Romney accusing Obama of being an “appeaser,” hating capitalism, and “apologizing for America.” The ad includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., who also sought the Republican presidential nomination, saying that Romney “doesn’t try to build up” his own campaign, but seeks to tear down others.
The two ads indicate that Obama has no intention of backing off his attacks on Romney, which appear to have thrown the GOP candidate off his game. Mitt Romney may have demanded an apology, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to get it.
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