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New GOP ad attacks Obama before jobs speech

6

September

National Republicans later today will announce a radio ad in Florida ahead of President Obama's jobs speech, suggesting the emphasis will be more stimulus spending. "We've already tried that, causing unemployment to shoot up and our deficit to balloon," a narrator says. (listen here)

The ad is called Morning in America, a spin on Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election spot that played up an improved economy. Obama will have to make the difficult argument that steps he undertook prevented the recession from getting worse.

The Republican National Committee ad implies that the stimulus caused higher unemployment, but economists say it created jobs and some contend it kept the unemployment rate from going up higher. Nonetheless, the overall rate has gone up (currently 9.1 percent) and that's a big problem for Obama.

The ad is also running in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Michigan -- states Obama won in 2008.

 

RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement: “Based on the past two and a half years, it is difficult to expect anything different from this president in Thursday’s speech. Unfortunately, it appears he plans to recycle the same old failed policies and blame game that we’ve seen repeatedly. As his approval rating plummets, the president is once again claiming to pivot to jobs.  Unfortunately this is too little too late."

Script:

It’s Morning Again in America
 
Is Barack Obama finally waking up?
 
After a 10-day luxury vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the President says he’ll finally get serious about jobs.
 
But we’ve heard this before…
 
After his 825 Billion Dollar Stimulus Debacle…
 
And after his 2.5 Trillion dollar government-run health care plan…
 
Now again, after our national credit has been downgraded.
 
But what can we expect from Obama’s new Stimulus plan?
 
More spending.
 
We’ve already tried that; causing unemployment to shoot up and our deficit to balloon.
 
In fact, before this ad is done, our debt will have grown by an additional two and a half million dollars.
 
Enough is enough…
 
Let’s change direction.
 
The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertisement. Paid for by the Republican National Committee and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. www.gop.com

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 2:12am]

    

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