BY OLYMPIA MEOLA
President Barack Obama’s campaign released two new TV ads in Virginia and several other states today targeting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s economic record during his term as governor of Massachusetts.
In “Come and Go,” the 30-second ad’s narrator says as a former “corporate raider,” Romney “shipped jobs to China and Mexico” and that as governor of Massachusetts “he did the same thing.”
“Now, he’s making the exact same pitch,” the ad says, showing a clip of Romney saying “I know why jobs come and why they go.”
UPDATED: The Washington Post’s Fact Checkers recently took this ad to task, giving it four Pinocchios.
As governor, Romney vetoed a budget amendment that would have blocked the state from doing business with companies that outsource state work overseas, according to the Boston Globe.
Around that time, Massachusetts had a contract with Citigroup related to its food stamp program and Citigroup outsourced its customer service call center to India, according to a Politifact analysis.
The second ad, “Mosaic,” claims Romney cut taxes on millionaires as governor but that he raised taxes and fees “on everyone else.” It rattles off a list of fee hikes from driver’s licenses to funeral homes.
Both ads end with the narrator saying “Romney economics. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”
They also both will air in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.
UPDATED: Curt Cashour, a spokesman for the Romney campaign, said “These misleading ads are the latest effort by the Obama campaign to distract attention from the President’s failed policies that have led to high unemployment and falling incomes.
“Mitt Romney was a successful businessman and governor with a decades-long record of helping to create American jobs, in contrast to President Obama’s hostility to free enterprise that has left millions of Americans out of work. It’s still the economy and the American people aren’t stupid.”