Last week, we noted that both American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity were going on the air with ads attacking President Obama’s economic record. Today, Obama’s reelection campaign is responding with their own ad, defending Obama’s record on “clean energy” and attacking Mitt Romney for shipping jobs overseas.
Obama’s new ad “Swiss Bank Account”, will air in Ohio, Iowa and Virginia, May 1st through the 7th, with $458,000 of the $618,000 buy being spent in Ohio. The bulk of the ad is spent responding to the claims made in the AFP ad, but it finishes with an attack on Romney. “He’s still pushing tax breaks for companies that ship job overseas. It’s just what you’d expect from a guy who had a Swiss bank account,” the male voice reads.
This is not the first time Obama’s campaign has gone on the air to push back against conservative groups. In January, Obama launched the first ad of his reelection campaign in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. That ad was also in direct response to a different AFP attack on Obama’s energy policies. AFP’s first ad hit Obama for his decision to give $500 million to the now-bankrupt Solyndra solar panel manufacturing firm.”Solyndra investors raised campaign money for Obama. The government gives Solyndra half-a-billion in tax payer money. Politics as usual,” the AFP ad began.
Obama’s first response ad tried to change the subject to the “Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama,” a clear reference to David and Charles Koch who are AFP’s primary funders. This time, the villain is Romney himself, as a jobs destroyer. But all the ads, including Obama’s responses, also put Obama’s record on jobs, particularly clean energy jobs, at the center of debate. That has to be grounds the Romney campaign is eager to engage upon.
Romney: The New York Times has a hit piece out this morning on Romney’s eldest son, accusing him of using his dad’s connections to start a private equity firm.
Veepstakes: In The Wall Street Journal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has an op-ed titled, “Virginia Could Be an Energy Power—If Washington Would Let It.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told high school students in Plainsboro Township, New Jersey that Romney “might be able to convince” him to be vice president.