Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Two television ads linking Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama’s health care law and challenging his jobs record were released by a super PAC backing Newt Gingrich Saturday.
Winning Our Future is saturating South Carolina television and radio markets with ads targeting presidential frontrunner Romney leading up to the decisive January 21 Republican primary.
One ad, called “Unelectable,” quotes a conservative magazine that called the former governor of Massachusetts “RINO Romney” – Republican In Name Only – and said he is the “least electable” candidate with a “long history of rejecting conservatism.”
The ad refers to the Massachusetts health care law as “Romneycare,” and said it was “the model for Obamacare.” It also claims Romney did not support the Contract with America pushed by the former House speaker that catalyzed the Republican takeover in Congress in 1994.
The other ad tries to discredit Romney’s business record when he was at the helm of private equity firm Bain Capital.
“Romney’s objective was never a focus on creating jobs,” the ad states. “In South Carolina, Romney took $12 million then laid off hundreds. No wonder some see a questionable business background.”
“Winning Our Future” is responsible for as much as $3 million in television and radio ads in South Carolina – mostly attacking Romney. The group has come under scrutiny for releasing videos that one fact-check report called a “highly misleading portrayal” of Romney’s career at Bain.
Newt Gingrich called on the super PAC to remove inaccuracies in the ad and video, or pull the two off the air, but failed to cite any specific errors in the spots.