The latest TV ad from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, which began airing in Virginia and eight other states Monday, attacks Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's record as the governor of Massachusetts.
The ad, titled "Heard it Before," starts with Romney as a candidate for governor in 2002 saying, "I speak the language of business. I know how jobs are created.” It then goes on to claim that during Romney's four-year term as governor Massachusetts lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs and fell to 47th nationally in job creation.
On a conference call Monday about the roughly $10 million ad roll-out, the Obama campaign's senior strategist David Axelrod said Romney is holding Obama to a "double standard" by down playing his own time as governor of Massachusetts by saying he was hindered his first year in office by taking over the state during a recession.
"By almost every measure Gov. Romney's jobs record in Massachusetts was undistinguished," Axelrod said. "And yet he positions himself as a jobs creator."
In addition to Virginia the one minute spot is airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Curt Cashour, the Virginia communications director for the Romney campaign offered the following email response to the latest Obama campaign ad:
"Having abandoned ‘Hope and Change,' the Obama campaign only ‘Hopes To Change The Subject' from an abysmal jobs report," Cashour said. "We're happy to compare the 4.7% unemployment rate Mitt Romney achieved in Massachusetts to President Obama’s weak record any day. President Obama's policies have failed to get Americans back to work – it’s time for a president who has worked in the real world economy and understands how to get this economy moving again."