Romney ads: U.S. can't afford four more years of Obama
October 5th, 2012
03:00 AM ET
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Romney ads: U.S. can't afford four more years of Obama

(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.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Name

    Right Mitt, we need another duplicated 8 years of Bush policies, that will put the nail in the coffin and bury it for sure.

    October 5, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  2. Darrell

    No, Mitt. American can afford another lying Republicans. We had that before Obama.

    October 5, 2012 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  3. NameAntny

    Right Mitt, we really need your 8 years of duplicated Bush policies, that should put the last nail in the coffin and bury it.

    October 5, 2012 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  4. Joe Oberman

    **** If Romney truly loves unemployed people of his beloved state of Massachusetts, he can create JOBS by donating 10 million of his 262 million dollars to their jobs training program instead of donating to his Mormon Church (solely for claiming a huge deferred TAX deduction). His donation would effectively create jobs!

    Connecticut Republican Linda McMahon wasted 50 million of her personal income on political advertisements four years ago when running against CT Democrat Richard Blumenthal and lost to him. Again, if she truly loved her beloved state of Connecticut, she can donate 10 million dollars towards jobs training.

    They have all the money to create jobs, but Romney's extremist conservatives are focus on giving themselves a huge tax break for the wealthy 1% after the election, as will Romney file his deferred income tax refund from his 2011 taxes!

    October 5, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  5. Myth Romney

    ... and US cant afford to have have a Myth for a president. Everything about him, his plans, his own finances, taxes and position on issues is a Myth For a flip flop like him... Hope he remains a Myth and a flop!!

    October 5, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  6. Myth Romney

    U.S. can definitely afford four more years of Obama but no more Myths for/about our president.

    October 5, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  7. a65442

    II bet Romney keeps a fire extinguisher nearby at all times, because as you know..."Liar, Liar pants on fire!"

    October 5, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  8. Steve

    and i can't stand watching another debate with either one.

    October 5, 2012 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  9. Dick

    We cannot afford four more years of George W. Bush. My portfolio has just recovered from the debacle of the last four months of the Bush administration. We are all the jobs created with the tax cuts Bush gave to the wealthiest?

    October 5, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  10. rufus harper

    Now he wants to admit he was wrong about his 47% comment, but what he fail to realize that he has already said it and the damage is done. It's is to late to retract that statement now.

    October 5, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    ..........of duplicate WBush. This idiot sells USA to china.

    October 5, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  12. Truthbefreedom

    We really can not take another four years of this presidency! It will just destroy us as a nation and a world power. I have family in Europe and they laugh at our president he is a big joke they say. It was a different feeling when he first got elected but since the. He has shown he can not lead this country. His policies are failing left and right and need to come to an end before they do any more damage. I am voting for Romney not because he is a republican but because he has the business experience to lead us out of this huge fiscal mess. Also with his time spent a governor he learned hoes tomworkmwith both sides something Obama never has or will.

    October 5, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic idiot of Bain-capital, 47% listen–watch his comment.

    October 5, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  14. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    We cant afford more Republican lies. President Obama dropped the ball by not forcing Romney to explicitly endorse or reject a 20% across-the-board tax cut. You can`t let Romney lie to a 70 million person audience that is only tuning into politics for the last 60 days of an election. Mr. Obama. if someone groped Sasha or Malia in a crowded elevator, would you wait to thrash the offender? You need to man up and treat Romney`s decptions the same way.

    October 5, 2012 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  15. Iamnotfooled

    We can't afford four more years of liars and flip- floppers with split – personality syndromes either. We need to know where we stand from one day to the next. We need someone to make the right choice--not mulitple choice. Obama – Biden 2012.

    October 5, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  16. Iamnotfooled

    Under President Obama, we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs, and China has passed us in manufacturing,” he said.

    Another LIE. See what I mean? How much of those jobs was because of BAIN?

    October 5, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Sorry twit, but not only can we afford four more years of President Obama but the middle class will disappear if you ever, god forbid, are elected president.
    Your little act didn't work. They let you talk and paint yourself into a corner because you lied again and again.
    The 47% comment that you owned up to after a waiter brought you down is now what you really think? Too late, you have lied so many times that Chicken Little is on medication because he thought he was the big liar of all time and he can't fight against you andyour boy toy's lies anymore. You win the lying oscar.

    October 5, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  18. Marie MD

    I meant to say is NOT what you really think?

    October 5, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    Romney is a serial liar, who even believes his Mormon faith permits him to lie and still be welcomed on Kolob.

    October 5, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |