(CNN) – Mitt Romney’s campaign released a trio of new television ads Friday, two of which target battleground states and one that blasts President Barack Obama over the deficit.
One of the spots, “Facts Are Clear,” argues the president is misguided on his economic policies.
“President Obama says he’s creating jobs,” the ad’s narrator says. “But he’s really creating debt.”
The ad claims Obama has added “almost as much debt as all forty-three previous presidents combined,” referring to the-now $16 trillion debt, compared to the roughly $10 trillion that the president inherited.
Romney’s campaign also swipes Obama for borrowing too much from China. “He’s not just wasting money. He’s borrowing it, then wasting it.”
The 30-second commercial ends with one of the campaigns most used lines: “We can’t afford four more years.”
In another spot, “Born and Raised in Nevada,” former NBA player Greg Anthony talks about why he switched his support from Obama to Romney this election cycle.
“I voted for Barack Obama, thought he’d be a centrist. I really lost faith in him," he says. "I’m supporting Mitt Romney—he’s a no-excuse kind of guy. And I think over the last 4 years we’ve heard enough excuses.”
Nevada represents a crucial swing state with six electoral votes at stake. CNN’s Electoral Map rates Nevada as a “toss-up.” Both Romney and Obama have aggressively courted its voters.
With its high unemployment and home foreclosures, Romney has focused strongly on the economy when campaigning in the state. But according to a recent CNN/ORC International Poll, Obama maintains a narrow three-point edge over Romney in Nevada. The margin falls within the survey’s sampling error.
In the final ad, “Ohio Jobs,” Romney looks directly into the camera and vows to “stand up to China” in order to return manufacturing jobs to the United States.
“Under President Obama, we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs, and China has passed us in manufacturing,” he said.
Romney points viewers to his plan that he says will create 12 million new jobs in four years, a goal that would mark one of the strongest periods of employment growth in recent history. It would require the economy to consistently add 250,000 jobs every 30 days for 48 straight months.
Critics have argued, however, that Romney has failed to name specifics in his plan, namely the deductions and loopholes he proposes limiting in order to offset a 20% across-the-board tax cut.
“I'm Mitt Romney, and I approved this message because Ohio families can't afford four more years like the last four years.”
Obama has a 9-point advantage over Romney, 52%-43%, according to CNN's Poll of Polls in Ohio, which takes the average of three surveys of likely voters over the last two weeks.