Priorities USA Hits Romney In S.C. Ad
Priorities USA, the independent group founded by two former aides to President Obama to counter groups like American Crossroads that take unregulated, undisclosed donations is going up with a television ad in South Carolina targeting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
The ad marks the first time in the in the 2012 presidential election that a Democratic-affiliated outside group taking secret money -- a practice the Obama administration has criticized heavily in the past -- is going after Republicans on television.
The spot, launched ahead of Romney's visit to the state this weekend, pushes the former Bay State governor to take a position on the Medicare proposal in the budget plan offered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Take a side, the ad implies: either you're with with presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who denounced the plan as "radical change" and "right-wing social engineering," or with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who has criticized Gingrich for his comments.
"Newt Gingrich says the Republican plan that would essentially end Medicare is too "radical". Governor Haley thinks the plan is courageous, and Gingrich shouldn't be cutting conservatives off at the knees," the ad says. "Mitt Romney says he's "on the same page" as Paul Ryan, who wrote the plan to essentially end Medicare. But with Mitt Romney, you have to wonder...which page is he on today?"