On the same day that Vice President Joe Biden tore into GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comments regarding the 47 percent, the Obama campaign released a TV ad here and in other states on the same theme.
The narrator of the 30-second ad, called “Fair Share,” says “When Mitt Romney dismissed 47 percent of Americans for not pulling their weight, he attacked millions of hard-working people” making $25,000 to 45,000 a year.
“They pay social security taxes, state taxes, local taxes, gas, sales and property taxes,” the narrator says, adding that “Romney paid just 14 percent in taxes last year on over $13 million in income.”
“Instead of attacking folks who work for a living, shouldn’t we stand up for them?” the ad ends.
The spot will air here and in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada, according to President Barack Obama’s campaign.
Biden, addressing supporters in Chesterfield County on Tuesday, hammered a message focused on the middle class, declaring “if the 47 percent doesn’t make it, the country doesn’t make it.”
UPDATED: Curt Cashour, a spokesman for the Romney campaign in Virginia, responded to the ad: “President Obama’s policies have devastated the middle class. And his tax increases on middle-class families and small businesses will only make things worse. Mitt Romney will help middle-class families by lowering tax rates across the board, spurring growth and investment, creating 12 million jobs, and finally getting this country on the right track again.”