Posted by: The Busy Post | August 4, 2012

New Obama ad hits Romney on Planned Parenthood


Who is paying for this ad? Obama or Romney?

 

President Obama’s reelection campaign is up with a new ad that attacks Mitt Romney on the issue of contraception and the GOP nominee’s repeated vows to defund the women’s health group Planned Parenthood.

“I don’t remember anyone as extreme as Romney,” one woman in the ad says.

“I don’t think Mitt Romney can even understand the mindset of someone who has to go to Planned Parenthood,” says another.

The ad is interspersed with clips of Romney promising to defund the organization, which has come under fire from congressional Republicans for providing abortions while being publicly funded. Planned Parenthood and its supporters note that no federal or public money goes towards abortions, but critics say that those public funds —earmarked for women’s health — are fungible.

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul responds to the ad, saying, “One day after the unemployment rate increased and we reached 42 consecutive months with a jobless rate greater than eight percent, it is not surprising that the Obama campaign would release a false ad in an attempt to distract from the effects of the President’s failed policies. Dishonest political attacks will not change the fact that President Obama has not turned around the economy, and his policies have hurt women and families all over the country. We tried it the President’s way, and middle-class workers have paid the price. Mitt Romney has a Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will jumpstart the economy and bring back millions of jobs.”

The Obama campaign initially sought to capitalize on the president’s already high approval rating among women by accusing Republicans of waging a ‘war’ on women, but has more recently focused on economic issues, Romney’s personal finances and his business record. The ad, in a sense, marks a return to the gender politics of earlier in the cycle.

The ad will air in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada.

via New Obama ad hits Romney on Planned Parenthood – POLITICO.com.

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