Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign is up with a new ad in Virginia and other battlegrounds using last week’s debate between Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, and Vice President Joe Biden.
The ad, titled “Fiscal Discipline,” shows Ryan making a series of statements with Biden smiling and laughing on the split screen.
“We can’t keep spending and borrowing like this. We can’t just keep spending money we don’t have,” Ryan says.
“Did they come in and inherit a tough situation? Absolutely” he adds, with Biden chuckling. “But we’re going in the wrong direction. Look at where we are. The economy is barely limping along.”
“Don’t raise taxes on small businesses, because they’re our job creators,” Ryan says to a Biden smile. “Leaders run to problems to fix problems. Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to fix these problems.”
Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, called Ryan’s comments on the deficit “laughable at best.”
“In Congress, Paul Ryan voted for policies and two unfunded wars that squandered a projected surplus and turned it into record debt,” she said. “Now he and Mitt Romney want to cut taxes for the wealthy by $5 trillion, which will raise the deficit unless it is paid for by raising taxes on the middle class or cutting investments in Medicare, veterans services and education to pay for it.”