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Romney's Labor Gains In South Carolina

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks past photographers before talking with reporters outside Allentown Metal Works in Allentown, Pa., Thursday, June 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

January 5, 2012

If you're wondering what Mitt Romney's campaign strategy will be in South Carolina -- the state that has picked every Republican presidential nominee since 1980 -- look no further than the new TV ad he released in the Palmetto State today.

The 30-second spot features footage of Romney addressing the issue of right-to-work during a September visit to Boeing Co.'s factory in North Charleston. The plant has been imperiled by legal action from the National Labor Relations Board, which alleges that Boeing built the plant in South Carolina -- a right-to-work state -- in response to ongoing internal labor disputes elsewhere.

Not coincidentally, Romney launched the labor-themed ad one day after President Obama announced three recess appointments to National Labor Relations Board -- a move that Romney described as "doling out favors to his big labor political allies and giving them a dangerous level of power over businesses and workers."

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