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Obama, Romney offer rival long ads

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Team Romney today is splashing red ink all over President Barack Obama’s new two-minute ads, saying “in the time it takes his latest ad to run, our national debt grows by at least another $5 million.”

Obama’s two-minute ad shows a confident candidate offering an aspirational, four-point agenda.

“First, we create a million new manufacturing jobs… Second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more American made energy… Third, we ensure that we maintain the best workforce in the world by preparing a hundred thousand additional math and science teachers… Fourth, a balanced plan to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade,” he says, while sitting in a room similar to a White House suite.

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In contrast, says Obama, Romney’s plan offer “the same trickle-down economic policies of the last decade that crashed our economy and punished the middle-class in the first place.”

In fact, the recession was largely caused by government regulations that inflated the real-estate sector. As an Illinois politician and a U.S. Senator, Obama supported those regulations, and as the president, continues to enforce them.

On the stump, Gov. Mitt Romney is arguing that a second term for Obama will be similar to his first term, in which deficits, debt and unemployment rose, while wealth and international influence fell.

“If President Obama were to be re-elected, what you’d see is four more years like the last four years, and we can’t afford another four more years like the last four years,’’ Romney said Sept. 26 in a stump speech in Toledo, Ohio.

His press team is pushing the same message in response to the president’s two-minute ad.

“With $16 trillion in debt, 23 million Americans struggling for work, and spending out of control, President Obama’s record is clear: we can’t afford another four years that look like the last four years,” said the Sept. 27 statement.

“Mitt Romney will strengthen the middle class, create 12 million new jobs and deliver what President Obama hasn’t – a real recovery,” said the statement, which was attributed to Romney’s spokeswoman, Andrea Saul.

On Sept. 26, Romney has launched his own one-minute testimonial, seeking to win over blue-collar and white-collar voters in the critical swing-states.

Romney’s ad, called “Too Many Americans,” shows the candidate saying that “too many Americans are struggling to find work in today’s economy. Too many of those that are working are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. More Americans are living in poverty than when President Obama took office, and 15 million more are on food stamps.”

“President Obama and I both care about poor and middle-class families; the difference is my policies will make things better for them,” Romney concludes.

Obama’s team panned Romney’s ad.

Romney “pays lip service to working Americans, but doesn’t name a single policy to strengthen the middle class… he’d cut tax deductions the middle class relies on, like those for mortgage interest, children, and charitable contributions, in order to pay for $250,000 tax cuts for multi-millionaires… And he’d slash investments in education and clean energy that would create jobs and grow our economy.”

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