Tales from the Trail

Obama campaign TV spot hits Romney as governor

As President Barack Obama and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney hit up big-money donors on both coasts on Monday, their respective allies waged a public relations blitz to deride each other’s message.

The Obama campaign announced a television advertisement, which can be viewed here, that slammed Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts, saying he cut taxes for millionaires, outsourced call center jobs to India, and left the state saddled with debt.

The ad, called “Heard it Before,” cost the campaign approximately $10 million, and is on the air in nine battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the campaign said.

“By almost every measure Governor Romney’s jobs record in Massachusetts was undistinguished and yet he positions himself as a job creator,” said Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod in a conference call with reporters to discuss the ad.

Axelrod said the Romney campaign exhibits “breathtaking hypocrisy” when it criticizes Obama for net job losses since he took office and then seeks to exclude from scrutiny early portions of Romney’s gubernatorial record because he inherited a tough economic situation. “We are going to hold him to the same standard they’ve held us,” Axelrod said.

GOP Super PAC ad targets Obama for being too “cool”

A day after President Obama wrapped up his multi-state tour of American colleges, where he drummed up youth support for an extension of low interest rates on student loans, and presumably also his reelection campaign, American Crossroads, the Republican Super PAC backed by Karl Rove, has released a new ad targeting the same demographic.

The ad runs through some of Obama’s most famously “cool” moments — when he killed a fly with his hand during an interview, his dancing entrance on Ellen Degeneres’ show, singing Al Green at the Apollo Theater, “slow jamming the news” with Jimmy Fallon — followed then by a series of harsh claims about the economy into which college kids are graduating. “1 in 2 recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed,” the ad contends. “85% moving back in with their parents.”

“After 4 years of a celebrity president, is your life better?”

Watch the ad, via American Crossroads:

The Romney campaign followed up with its own ad echoing the statistics cited in the American Crossroads video. Watch: