President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign rolled out two new television ads this morning that continue the attack on Republican Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. The new ads, which Romney’s camp called misleading, are on the air in Virginia and eight other battleground states.
A 30-second spot called “Mosaic” accuses Romney of cutting capital gains taxes during his tenure as Massachusetts governor while increasing taxes and fees “on everyone else” by $1.5 billion. But the “tax increases” referred to in the ad were corporate tax loopholes that Romney closed, according to source material provided by Obama’s campaign.
The other ad, called “Come and Go,” charges that Romney outsourced call center jobs to India and describes him as a “corporate raider” for his record running the private equity firm Bain Capital. Romney’s campaign noted that two of the business closings cited in the ad occurred after Romney left Bain to take charge of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Said Romney spokesman Curt Cashour: “These misleading ads are the latest effort by the Obama campaign to distract attention from the President’s failed policies that have led to high unemployment and falling incomes. Mitt Romney was a successful businessman and governor with a decades-long record of helping to create American jobs, in contrast to President Obama’s hostility to free enterprise that has left millions of Americans out of work. It’s still the economy and the American people aren’t stupid.”
– Michael Sluss