A super PAC supporting President Obama’s campaign is releasing a new television ad to counter the Republican National Convention, where GOP candidate Mitt Romney will formally receive his party’s nomination this week.
The ad, called “Olive,” features a voter who questions Romney’s job creation record as governor of Massachusetts. “Governor Romney promised that he would bring jobs to this state. By the time Governor Romney left office, we had fallen to 47th in the nation in terms of job growth,” says Olive Chase, a self-described political independent and the owner of a Massachusetts catering businesses who donated to Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign.
“Governor Romney cares about big business, he cares about tax cuts for wealthy people and I certainly do not believe he cares about my hard-working employees. I feel like I was duped by Mitt Romney. I’m going to vote for President Obama.”
The 30-second ad is part of a $30 million project by the super PAC, Priorities USA Action, that will focus on how proposals offered by Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, would affect the middle class. It will run on television and on the Web in the battleground state of Florida, the host state of the GOP convention, as well as in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia.
“Americans are going to hear a lot about Mitt Romney this week. These new ads are designed to make sure voters hear the whole story,” said Bill Burton, senior strategist for the PAC.
Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg called the ad “a desperate attempt by the president’s allies to try and distract voters from President Obama’s failed record.
"President Obama’s policies have devastated the middle class and led to record unemployment and less take-home pay. We are happy to compare the 4.7 percent unemployment rate Mitt Romney achieved with President Obama’s record of 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent any day,” she said.