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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Elections 2012

Obama Targets Early Voters With New Ad

photo of Brian Resnick
October 27, 2012

 

President Obama's campaign is targeting early voters in a new 30-second ad playing in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia, reiterating four key pieces of its pitch against Mitt Romney.

The ad says Romney would roll back regulations on the financial industry, turn Medicare into a voucher system, cut education funding and give millionaires large tax cuts while making middle-class families pay more.

The Romney campaign has sharply disagreed with these assertions. During the first presidential debate Romney said he would not cut funding for education, however, such cuts are proscribed by Paul Ryan's budget plan. National Journal fact checkers said for Romney to maintain current education funding while reducing spending overall, he will have to make up the difference elsewhere.

On tax cuts, the Romney campaign has maintained he will not increase the burden for middle class families. However, he also hasn't outlined precisely what loopholes and deductions he would close to pay for his across-the-board tax cuts.

In-person early voting began in Florida on Saturday morning. Early voting is also underway in Iowa and Ohio, while Virginia is accepting absentee ballots.

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