Romney ad uses unemployment in DNC host city, state to condemn Obama policies [VIDEO]

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With the Charlotte, NC skyline as a central feature, a new Romney campaign web video is hitting President Barack Obama for his impact on the state and city that will host Democratic National Convention.

The Romney campaign contends that Charlotte and the rest of the battleground state have suffered job losses and increased unemployment under Obama’s leadership — something the campaign points out is exactly the way Obama encouraged Americans to judge his presidency.

“You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country,” the web video shows Obama saying at the 2008 convention in Denver. “We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage, whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma.”

Complete with doomsday music, the video then provides the job loss figures for the city and state.


The campaign cites figures from The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Employment Security, which point out that North Carolina has lost nearly 50,000 jobs since Obama took office.

“That’s Over Twice The Size Of The Arena Where The Convention Will Be Held,” the video text reads.

The campaign further notes that the NC unemployment rate is 9.9 percent, and that unemployment in the Charlotte area is 10 percent, which is actually lower than January’s 10.4 percent unemployment rate in the area.

“In Total 450,000 North Carolinians Are Unemployed,” the video text reads. “Up 13% Since Obama Took Office.”

The video then shows a clip of President Obama during a February 2009 Today Show interview saying “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

The Democratic National Convention will take place in Charlotte the first week in September.

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