(CNN) - The Obama campaign released a new ad Tuesday linking education policy to economics and painting John McCain as “out of touch and behind the learning curve,” according to the campaign.
The ad, the second negative spot of the week from the Democratic presidential campaign, comes as Barack Obama starts the day with a stop at an Ohio high school and delivers a major education policy address.
“When they grow up, will the economy be strong enough?” asks the announcer in the 30-second spot, titled ‘What Kind.’
“Barack Obama understands what it takes to make America No. 1 in education again. John McCain doesn’t understand.
“John McCain voted to cut education funding. Against accountability standards. He even proposed abolishing the Department of Education. And John McCain’s economic plan gives two hundred billion more to special interests while taking money away from public schools.
“We can’t afford more of the same,” the announcer continues, as the screen fades to the traditional closing image of McCain and President Bush together.
The campaign did not say where the ad buy was airing, or how significant it might be.
UPDATE: The McCain campaign accused the Obama team of making misleading claims in the new ad. “Without a single achievement on education reform, Barack Obama has resorted to a desperate attack with absolutely no basis in fact. John McCain has proposed new education reforms to empower parents and students while reducing the influence of the unions and government bureaucrats that support Barack Obama’s candidacy," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.
"Nothing that John McCain has proposed would reduce funding for public schools, but in fact he has pledged additional funds to improve education - and Barack Obama knows it.”