Pro-Romney super PAC makes another push for Michigan voters
October 12th, 2012
10:40 AM ET
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Pro-Romney super PAC makes another push for Michigan voters

(CNN) - A super PAC supporting Mitt Romney took out a $1.5 million ad buy in Michigan, the group announced Friday.

Restore Our Future will run the same ad it launched on Tuesday, "New Normal," which hits President Barack Obama for the "over 8% unemployment" rate, even though the rate dropped last week to 7.8% for September.

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"Welcome to the new normal, where over 8% unemployment is 'doing fine' and millions of Americans have simply given up," the narrator says in the spot. "Where our children will grow up under the weight of crushing debt in a world where America is no longer the leader, and we're told we're going forward – even as we fall further behind. This is the new normal. This is President Obama's economy. Demand better."

The group on Tuesday said it was running the ad in Florida, Iowa and Virginia for a total buy of $6.3 million.

Friday's announcement of the extension of the buy in Michigan further suggests the group still considers the Wolverine State in play this November. In recent weeks, Restore Our Future has aggressively targeted the state, along with Wisconsin, injecting millions of dollars in ads.

Michigan marks Romney's native state, where his father served as governor in the 1960s. CNN rates the state, with 16 electoral votes, as "leaning Democratic" on its Electoral Map.

However, the group's treasurer, Charlie Spies, said in a statement that "Michigan is now a 'toss up' state for the Presidential race and it is no surprise that Mitt Romney is coming on strong in his native state."

The new ad buy comes days after a poll in showed the GOP presidential nominee within three percentage points of President Barack Obama in the state, a dramatic shift from one month ago when the president led his rival by double digits.

The EPIC-MRA survey, released Monday, showed Obama with the support of 48% of likely voters in Michigan, compared to 45% who said they support Romney. The gap was within the poll's sampling error.

However, a Detroit News poll of likely Michigan voters, released Wednesday, indicated Obama had a seven-point advantage over Romney, 49% to 42%. The margin is down from a 14 point difference in the same poll last month.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. anonoymous

    Let gm go super pac can erase those words.....if I said it I mean it.

    October 12, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Really? I don't see it as a toss up state. It is leaning for Obama as best I can tell. What has this guy been looking at?

    October 12, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Hammerer

    It is sad that the left has only an old, rude, obnoxious man, that appeared drunk, to try to rally the base.
    Says something about their party.

    October 12, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. 2020

    oh yes, GOP cannot wait to push grandma over the cliff. That is their plan for medicare.

    October 12, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. 2020

    Romney cannot even handle his own horse, let alone the country.

    Let him pick up the horse poo, that is about it he is capable of.

    October 12, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    The early November report will either be well above 8% because of revision of the last one OR will be 0.0% to insure Obama's reelection.

    October 12, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. al in memphis

    Overall, Dimon and other JPMorgan executives painted a picture of an improving economy with core loan growth increasing 10%, and mortgage volumes up 29%.

    Dimon said he expects origination of new mortgages to stay high over the next several quarters.

    From a housing crisis and banks not lending money to what you see above. Record company profits and improving housing and more jobs being added seems to me some progress is being made.

    October 12, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Boarderless is nothing but a paid gop stooge like romney the j a .

    October 12, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. AgentProvoca

    Polls today indicate the outcome of last night's vice presidential debate as follows:
    ● 1/3 of registered voters say Joe Biden won the debate
    ● 1/3 of registered voters say Paul Ryan won the debate
    ● 1/3 of registered voters say they're unsure who won the debate, but they are sure that Barack Obama isn't going to be reelected

    October 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Mity romney ,foreign policy experience consist of protecting the Massachusetts boarder from the pesky invaders from new Hampshire while failed gov of mass and basically getting kicked out of official with. A 30% approval rating and then losing a senate bid because nobody in mass can stand him ,except his paid campaign staff and he only pays them minimum wage with no benifits !!!

    October 12, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. simp

    @Hammerer comment

    LMBO! Really? is that all you got? Trying to paint the VP as drunk, old rude man? Well you need to take a look at that party you seem to favor, all they do is lie and lie some more. VP Biden KICKED that loser ryans butt that why the rookie ryan keep drinking water, scared to death of what the fabulous Joe was gonna do to him, ryan is a loser and so is the republician party.

    October 12, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    CNN must think Romney is the only person who ever campaigned anywhere fore anything. Twenty articles a day on Mutt Mutt Mutt Mutt

    Boring. I've listened to what he has said and what he has flip-flopped on for 6 years - I'm sick of it. He's never the same person two hours in a row. b. o. r. i. n. g.

    October 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. simp


    It appears you have 1/3 of a brain. Ryan did not win the debate 1/3 or not, that is clearly a lie. VP Biden won this debate, you need to turn from CNN and there bias for romney and watch some other channel, not fox news either.

    October 12, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. simp

    Why do they keep running this ad with a blantent lie. The unemployment rate 7.8% not 8 or above. CNN how are you going to report this? Oh yeah I forgot you won't it makes romney and the pac look bad

    October 12, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. robert

    republicans are so dumb . They said Obama paid 200 million dollers for a flight to india. that is as much as it cost for 2 navy warships and military air jet. just for a trip to india. Republicans believed that. That is how dumb they are.

    October 12, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Canuck


    I can totally understand your dislike of Obama/Biden, but to think that Romney and Ryan are going to just waltz in and solve America's problems is just plain delusional.

    October 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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