Trying the capitalize on the momentum after the first presidential debate this week, the Romney campaign released three new television ads on Friday focused on the Republican nominee’s economic plans.
The campaign’s first 30-second ad, “Facts Are Clear,” attacks President Obama on the nation’s debt and on job creation.
“President Obama says he’s creating jobs. But he’s really creating debt," the narrator says, later adding, “He’s not just wasting money. He’s borrowing it, and then wasting it.”
The other two 30-second ads focus on specific states. “Ohio Jobs” shows Romney talking directly to the camera in a warehouse, saying he will challenge China on U.S. manufacturing.
“The question Ohio families are asking is who can bring back the jobs? Under President Obama, we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs, and China has passed us in manufacturing,” Romney says. “I’ll stand up to China. I have a detailed plan to create 12 million new jobs including producing our own energy, in the ground, in Ohio.”
The final ad features former basketball player Greg Anthony, who says that after voting for Obama in 2008, he is switching his vote to Romney.
“There’s a really soft spot in my heart for Nevada, having been born and raised there. And when you look at unemployment, it’s probably highest in the country, double digits right now,” he says. “I voted for Barack Obama, thought he’d be a centrist. I really lost faith in him. I’m supporting Mitt Romney—he’s a no-excuse kind of guy. And I think over the last 4 years we've heard enough excuses.”
Every ad emphases one of Romney’s key phrases throughout the campaign, such as, “We can’t afford four more years.” The ads also touted specifics, which the president hammered Romney on during Wednesday night’s debate.
Obama continued with that theme on Thursday, criticizing Romney on items ranging from taxes to PBS funding, and questioning Romney’s honesty. On Thursday, the Obama campaign said Romney lied about his tax proposals during the debate.
“Clearly, Mitt Romney thinks facts don’t matter – but the hard-working Americans who he’d punish with his policies do,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement.
Both candidates are holding campaign events in Virginia on Friday, and Romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech. Romney then heads to Florida for a weekend of campaigning in the Sunshine State. Obama will next travel to Ohio on Friday, then to California for fundraisers.