Obama campaign spending more than $12 million on anti-Romney ad
June 6th, 2012
03:36 PM ET
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Obama campaign spending more than $12 million on anti-Romney ad

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is spending more than $12 million on its ad hitting Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, according to a Republican ad buying source.

The one minute commercial, which started airing Tuesday in 10 battleground states, criticizes Romney for having "one of the worst economic records in the country."

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Team Obama has intensified its attacks on Romney's term as governor in the last week pointing out the state lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs and averaged 47th in the nation in job creation.

The spot, which was announced Monday, will be airing for varying durations in the states on both broadcast and cable and follows the campaign's $25 million purchase of ad time in many of the same states for the last month in which it aired mostly positive ads.

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Here is the breakdown by state and duration of the buy:

- Colorado $849,644 (thru 6/15)
- Florida $1,730,064 (thru 6/15)
- Iowa $1,045,074 (thru 6/18)
- North Carolina $1,839,256 (thru 6/15)
- New Hampshire $750,161 (thru 6/22)
- New Mexico $40,650 (cable only thru 6/22)
- Nevada $735,361 (thru 6/18)
- Ohio $2,454,903 (thru 6/18)
- Pennsylvania $1,053,078 (thru 6/22)
- Virginia $2,040,697 (thru 6/22)

Team Romney responded to the Obama campaign efforts saying the president's policies have "failed to get Americans back to work."

"We're happy to compare the 4.7% unemployment rate Mitt Romney achieved in Massachusetts to President Obama's weak record any day," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement earlier this week.

For its part the Romney campaign has spent just over $5 million in ads in the last month with its latest purchases of commercial time running through last Tuesday.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. DJ

    Shouldn't Obama be working on his own record?? The more he spends to make Romney look bad only puts Obama's own record to the fore ground. It is disturbing how much money is being poured down the drain, wake up people if this President worked as hard for us as he does for his campaign, this country would not be going down hill!!

    June 6, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will be our next and greatest President.

    June 6, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Wake up people

    You better be able to take it if you dish it out and Robmey has been lying for months. This is the truth and it should be told!

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 6, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    @Barrak Hussein – Obama legacy:
    Oh boy.. are you ever reaching..all of that is due to bottoming out after the HORRENDOUS 8 yrs of Bush. You can't fix seriously broke overnight.. but stoopid, igno_rant folks don't get that.
    To quote above – the "worst record in HISTORY has go to George W. Bush." Obama has a PERFECT record in comparison, and also had to deal with the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    TWO UNFUNDED wars.. which Obama had to tack onto the current debt. That caused $3+TRILLION of the 5 spent by the Obama administration.
    The 850+ BILLION TARP bailout to banks too big to fail..
    Multi-BILLION dollar no-bid contracts for support services in Iraq/Afghanistan to "friends" – and the GOP complains about a mere $500 to Solyndra

    and there's plenty more where those came from !!

    June 6, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. non issue

    according to public information on the population of Mass
    in 2003, 6422600
    in 2004 6412300 (dropped by 10,300)
    in 2005 6403300 (another drop by 9,000)
    in 2006 6410100 (up by 6800)
    If you look at the polulatin when Robmey started in 2003 and ended in 2006 it dropped overall by 12,500)
    So technically people left the state. this is on the internet under population of Mass.

    June 6, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    @Delusional – Check the facts. Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
    Perhaps you should check the facts grandpa. You seem real short on them while busy trolling the right wingnut hate. FACTS and TRUTH are always short on the right. More of the typical amnesiac, revisionist version of history – if they don't fit the Repug propaganda. So, where are those hard drives of Mittens???

    June 6, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. sophistry

    All this does is allow Romney to turn around and say, we had 4.7% unemployment. Better than any state in the country today. I don't think it works. Obama would be much more effective showing ads that highlight his vision for America over the next 4 years. This makes me think he doesn't have anything in mind.

    June 6, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Sam

    Its the only thing the community organizer can do because his own record is too horrendous to mention.

    June 6, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Vanessa

    Go Mr President! Please don't let the republicans lie & try to paint you as a failure.. U have done a lot, could have done moreif it had not been for the republicans. You have our support! The hispanic community stands behind you all the way! It's offensive Mr Romney trying to appease us, won't work! We know what the republican stand for & it's not to help us, the hispanic, middle class & the female population.. Keep pushing for our rights Mr President! Hispanics 4 Obama! Si se puede!

    June 6, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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