Liberal group airs ad in Tampa attacking Romney/Ryan as ticket of '1 percent'
August 27th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Liberal group airs ad in Tampa attacking Romney/Ryan as ticket of '1 percent'

(CNN) – Coinciding with the Republican National Convention, MoveOn.org's political wing released a new television ad Monday to air in the Tampa media market attacking Mitt Romney for what the group claims is his focus on the rich.

The 30-second spot titled "Stepping on the Middle Class," features presumptive GOP presidential nominee and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan look-alikes preparing to accept the Republican Party's nominations. As the duo crosses the stage, they literally step on people dressed as typical middle-class Americans – fire fighters, students, seniors and children – lying on the convention floor. The ad concludes with Romney and Ryan, accepting the nomination for "president and vice president of the 1%."

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The Republican National Convention, scheduled to run Monday through Thursday of this week in Tampa was delayed by a day due to the on-slot of tropical storm Isaac, will compete with a barrage of attacks from Democratic and other pro-Obama groups hoping to diminish the Republican's time in the national spot light.

MoveOn.org's five-figure ad buy will coincide with the Republican convention, airing Monday through Thursday.

"The ad is aimed at conveying to voters how Romney and Ryan would raid the middle class to transfer wealth to the top 1%," the group wrote in a release about the ad buy. "The Romney-Ryan budget would hike middle class taxes to pay for more tax cuts for the rich and would end Medicare and replace it with a voucher program."

This isn't the first time MoveOn.org has taken creative liberties in attacking President Barack Obama's Republican rival.

The liberal group also ran an ad in August using Romney's wife's dressage horse, Rafalca, who competed in the London Olympics, to hammer the presumptive GOP nominee for what the ad said is a $77,000 per year price tag for the horse's upkeep.

The group also went on the attack to counter a Romney bus tour in June. MoveOn.org sent out an SUV with a dog strapped to the roof, to tail the GOP contender in New Hampshire – a jab at a story Romney told about the family dog Seamus and his notorious ride in his dog carrier on the roof of the family's station wagon on a Romney family trip to Canada.

Also during the June bus tour, MoveOn.org flew a plane above two New Hampshire events with a sign reading, "Romney's every millionaire counts tour."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • moveon.org • Paul Ryan • Republican National Convention
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    tibs

    Our monetary policy is to blame for the increasing wealth gap. There are other factors, but they are either minor compared to, or symptomatic of, our monetary policy. The loss of sound money was the loss of the life blood of the middle class. A sound currency safe from the debasement of government allowed for the creation of the middle class and the accompanying standard of living.

    We now have an ever expanding money supply. This keeps people from saving. Savings is how an economy grows, NOT spending. Wealth creation starts with capitial, and all capitial comes from savings. Businesses cannot start or grow without somones savings.
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    Welcome to the world of Republican tax-cut deficit spending, which forces us to print more money. I thought you were spot on until you claimed that savings, not spending, grows an economy. You've got it backwards. Look at all of the money that the 1% like Romney have saved up. How many jobs is that creating? Very, very, few. They live off of the interest.

    August 27, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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