(CNN) – Team Romney sought to refute an attack ad from the Democratic National Committee on Monday by painting the former Massachusetts governor as the right choice to what they call President Barack Obama's wrong choice for America.
In a conference call with reporters, former presidential candidate and Romney supporter Tim Pawlenty said Democrats and the Obama campaign are zeroing in on Romney in an effort to tear the frontrunner down before the general election.
"It's a reflection of Mitt's strength and a reflection of how worried they are about the prospect of facing him in a general election," Pawlenty said Monday.
The DNC commercial, which will run on TV in New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin, portrays Romney as a political flip-flopper, wavering on issues including abortion and health care.
But Pawlenty characterized the attacks as a deflection from the president's record on jobs, government spending, the deficit and taxes.
"[Obama is] ill-prepared, stumbling, bumbling, ineffective, rivaling Jimmy Carter I think in that dismal list," Pawlenty said referencing the former one-term Democratic president.
The national conference call was one of 12 sponsored by the campaign on Monday to "respond and pre-but what the Democrats are doing," Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho said. "We're not going to sit back and not respond."
Romney, the largely consistent leader in the 2012 GOP primary contest, has received the brunt of the Democratic attacks attempting to poke holes in the former executive's record.
Playing the role of campaign spokesman, Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who dropped his bid for the GOP nomination in August, highlighted Romney's tenure as governor and experience in the private sector. He also downplayed the importance of rival candidate Newt Gingrich's endorsement from the "New Hampshire Union Leader" editorial board Sunday.
"Every candidate is going to get their share of endorsements," Pawlenty said, before touting Romney backers in the first-in-the-nation primary state, including former Gov. John Sununu, former Sen. Judd Gregg and Sen. Kelly Ayotte. "He'll [Romney] get his fair share."