It’s an embarrassment of – not pandas – but TV spots in the presidential bakeoff betwen Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Call the roll (via ABC’s The Note):
OBAMA ADS: ROMNEY’S OUTSOURCING, FEE HIKES. From ABC’s Devin Dwyer: President Obama’s campaign will begin airing two TV ads today in nine battleground states, attacking Mitt Romney for outsourcing state work and hiking a number of fees during his term as Massachusetts governor. One spot — “Come and Go” — juxtaposes Romney’s claim of being a job creator with the accusation that he supported “outsourcing state jobs to India.” Another – “Mosaic” – juxtaposes his promise to cut taxes with the claim that he presided over “1,000 fee hikes” between 2003 and 2007. “Romney economics: It didn’t work then and it won’t work now,” narrators in both ads conclude. Independent fact checkers have examined Romney’s record on the outsourcing issue and taxes/fee hikes and found neither to be as black and white as the Obama campaign ads suggest.
On the other hand . . .
It was only a matter of time before President Obama’s words made it into a super PAC ad. Today, the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Futureannounced it will run an ad reprising Obama’s “private sector is doing fine” comment, beginning today. The group said it will spend $7.6 million airing the ad in nine states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. From the script: “America’s jobless rate just went up again, but after a record 40 straight months of unemployment over eight percent, President Obama insists, ‘The private sector is doing fine.’”
And then there’s this:
Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-affiliated conservative group, says it will run a new ad for 10 days in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania–one that’s very similar to the Restore Our Future spot. Script: “Maybe your family is like most, struggling to make it by. But recently, President Obama said, ‘The private sector is doing fine.’ Hmm, how can our president be so out of touch? … The private sector is not doing fine.”
And don’t forget this whack at Obamacare (via Politico’s Playbook):
“Concerned Women for America (CWA) President and CEO Penny Nance [will announce] today the launch of a six-state, six-million dollar advertising buy which highlights the consequences of President Obama’s health care plan. The 60-second ad, entitled ‘Care’ features a doctor giving a first-hand account of the devastating effects of government-mandated health care including delayed care, denied care, and skyrocketing costs. The $6 million dollar ad buy will begin airing Wednesday, June 20 and run nationally on cable, social media, and in six key states …. Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia, Wisconsin ..
Sharp ABC News summary/reality check of all the ads here.
Watch ’em and weep.