BY OLYMPIA MEOLA
President Barack Obama’s campaign is releasing a two-minute TV ad in Virginia and other battleground states that takes aim at presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s business record.
The ad was rolled out today along with a video and website that “take a look at Mitt Romney’s business philosophy and what it would mean for the American economy,” the Obama campaign announced this morning.
The spot features workers from Kansas City’s GST Steel, which was purchased by Bain Capital and subsequently closed.
“We view Mitt Romney as a job destroyer,” one former plant employee says in the ad.
Romney founded Bain Capital. A Reuters report says he had left the firm to run the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City when the steel company declared bankruptcy.
The ad is slated to air here and in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado, and the Obama campaign also launched the website RomneyEconomics.com.
Romney’s campaign responded to the ad, saying “Mitt Romney helped create more jobs in his private sector experience and more jobs as Governor of Massachusetts than President Obama has for the entire nation.”
“President Obama has many questions to answer as to why his administration used the stimulus to reward wealthy campaign donors with taxpayer money for bad ideas like Solyndra, but 23 million Americans are still struggling to find jobs,” said Amanda Henneberg, a Romney campaign spokeswoman.
“If the Obama administration was less concerned about pleasing their wealthy donors and more concerned about creating jobs, America would be much better off. ”