Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is up with a fresh batch of new TV ads in battleground Virginia, portraying himself as compromising and painting a bleak vision of another four years under President Barack Obama.
“Bringing People Together” features a clip from the first debate between the two candidates with Romney cutting a distinctly bipartisan tone.
“We have to work on a collaborative basis,” he says. “Look, the reason I’m in this race is there are people that are really hurting today in this country…Republicans and Democrats both love America. But we need to have leadership — leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if it’s a Republican or a Democrat. I’ve done it before. I’ll do it again.”
Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said that the ad “stands in sharp contrast with his record in Massachusetts, the positions he’s taken, and his rhetoric on the campaign trail.”
Smith accused Romney of being “the first governor to have a private elevator in the statehouse to avoid interactions with lawmakers.”
In two other ads, Romney bemoans the direction of the country under Obama while and touts his own gubernatorial record.
“Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. Higher deficits, chronic unemployment, a president who admits he can’t work with congress,” a narrator says in “Find a Way.”
“But he’s says he’s only had 4 years,” the narrator adds. “That’s all Mitt Romney needed. He turned Massachusetts around, cut unemployment, turned the deficit he inherited into a rainy day fund. All with an 85 percent Democratic legislature. Some can’t live up to their promises. Others find a way.”
In “The Obama Plan,” Romney lays out his version of the next four years under an Obama administration, saying the debt would grow from $16 trillion to $20 trillion, 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based health car, taxes on the middle class would go up $4,000, energy prices would rise and $716 billion in Medicare cuts would hurt seniors.
The Obama campaign replied by attacking Romney’s record as governor.
“If his latest ad is any indication, Mitt Romney’s ‘Romnesia’ is only getting worse,” Smith said. “But he is right on one point- he only needed four years as governor of Massachusetts. That’s because in just one term, Romney drove the state down to 47th out of 50th in job creation, increased per capita debt to the largest in the nation, left his successor a $1 billion deficit, and pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited 278 of the wealthiest residents while raising taxes and fees on everyone else.”
The Obama camp also launched a video pushing back on Romney’s claims of bipartisanship.