New Obama ad takes hit at Romney’s time as governor of Massachusetts

Ad says Romney's state had highest per person debt during his time as governor

WRITTEN BY: Sara Hall
A new Obama ad targets Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts.
Image Source: Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project via Wikimedia Commons
A new Obama ad targets Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts.

A new Obama ad is taking a hit at Mitt Romney’s time as governor of Massachusetts.

In the ad, the Obama campaign claims Massachusetts took the top spot for per person debt during Romney’s time as governor.

The new Obama ad says the state debt reached $18 billion during this time.

The new Obama ad also mentions how Massachusetts was the 47th state in job creation during Romney’s time as governor. This fact has been heavily highlighted by the Obama campaign and was used eight days earlier in Obama’s first ad against Romney.

The famous line, “It didn’t work then. It won’t work now,” ends the new Obama ad, leaving viewers with a memorable impression.

Romney’s team instantly went on the defense following the new Obama ad, calling the ad a “distraction” and “distortion.”

“President Obama has overseen trillion-dollar deficits, soaring national debt and the first credit downgrade in history," Romney Spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. "Mitt Romney, on the other hand, closed a $3 billion budget shortfall, balanced four budgets, left a $2 billion rainy day fund and received a credit rating upgrade…Mitt Romney knows our country can do better and, under his leadership, it will do better.”

Obama’s campaign countered Romney’s team’s rebuttal, saying the ad was necessary to bring Romney’s lack of positive change to light.

"I'm not projecting exactly what ads we're going to have on the air, but we're not going to shrink from ensuring that Mitt Romney's record is accurate, accurately told out there, and he's held to the positions that he's taken.," Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, said on the MSNBC show Daily Rundown.

The new Obama ad will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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