Washington (CNN) - Restore Our Future, the major super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, is making its second major ad buy in Wisconsin and Michigan hitting President Barack Obama on his economic record.
Republicans had hoped both states would be toss-ups, but recent polls show the president with an edge in both.
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Restore Our Future is going up with a $2.2 million buy spanning one week ($1.2 million in Michigan and $1 million in Wisconsin) beginning Wednesday.
Its new ad focuses on the future of a girl who was age one when the president was inaugurated in 2009 and would now be in kindergarten.
An announcer asks: "Is her future getting better? Under Obama, America is experiencing the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. Counting people who have dropped out or stopped looking for work, the real unemployment rate is 19%."
Then the spot attacks the president: "Obama has added more debt than the first 41 presidents combined. Is America going forward? Or backward?"
As to why the group is continuing to invest in these two states, Charlie Spies, its treasurer, said in a statement to CNN: "President Obama broke his 2008 campaign promises and now American workers and families are even worse off than they were four years ago. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan offer Americans a proven vision for a different future for our children and that positive Romney message resonates with voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and across the country."
CNN ranks Wisconsin as a "toss-up," while Michigan is classified as "leaning Democratic."
Several of the Republican-leaning independent groups are coordinating both their messages and ad buying strategies in order to maximize their impact and try to make the playing field as large as possible. While these groups cannot work with the Romney campaign on tactics, they are allowed to discuss strategy and exchange information with each other.
Last week Restore Our Future put down the same amount for an ad buy in both Wisconsin and Michigan hitting the Obama Administration on similar themes, pointing out millions of Americans have dropped out of the workforce and the nation's unemployment rate is actually higher when the calculation takes into account those who are no longer looking for jobs or cannot find full-time ones.
Meanwhile, American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove, started airing a commercial in which two small business owners criticize the president's economic decisions, which they say made it difficult to hire workers. Crossroads bought $8.3 million worth of ad time in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.