Video: New Romney ad hits Obama on economy, the poor, and middle class erosion

posted at 2:01 pm on September 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Team Romney and the RNC have begun taking up Barack Obama’s challenge about the poor and middle class — and are unrolling a new effort to point out Obama’s failure to improve the economy as needed for both to progress.  Romney talks directly into the camera in this new 60-second spot, telling voters that while both candidates care about the poor and middle class, one of them has failed in four years to do anything significant to help either.  More Americans now live in poverty than when the Obama recovery began, Romney says, and 15 million more people have become dependent on food stamps.  “We shouldn’t measure compassion by how many people are on welfare,” Romney says.  “We should measure compassion by how many people get off welfare and get a good-paying job.”

“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 meeting rising prices for food and gas,” says Romney in the ad. “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 continues. …

In his new ad, Romney concludes by touting his economic policies.

“My plan will create 12 million new jobs over the next four years, helping to lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle class,” he says. “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message because we can’t afford another four years like the last four years.”

Meanwhile, Barack Obama visits Kent State University in Ohio today, the first time in four years.  The RNC sent out an e-mail that highlighted Obama’s speech in 2008 complaining about the decline in median household income and other indicators for the middle class — and compared it to Obama’s performance as President, especially in Ohio:

FLASHBACK: When Obama Last Visited Kent State University As A Candidate, He Lamented The Fact That Incomes Had Declined By $2,000 And The National Debt Had Increased By $4 Trillion. OBAMA: “When Bill Clinton was president, the average family income went up $7,500; $7,500. Since George Bush has been president, you know what it’s done? It’s gone down $2,000. Think about that. That’s a $9,500 swing; $9,500. That’s money out of your pocket. That’s money going out of this country because we’re borrowing it from China to send to Saudi Arabia to buy oil. That’s what’s added $4 trillion to our deficit. I mean, think about that. You know, so we’ve created a mountain of debt for the next generation that they’re going to have to pay off. This little guy, he’s not too worried about it right now, but, you know, we’ve created $30,000 worth of debt for every man, woman and child in America. That’s going to have to be paid back.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Kent State University, New Philadelphia, OH, 9/3/08)

Under Obama, Median Household Income In Ohio Has Declined By $4,387, From $50,136 To $45,749. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 9/26/12)

In 2010, Ohio Households Were “Poorer” Than They Had Been In More Than 25 Years. “Ohio households were poorer last year than they’ve been in more than 25 years, and the number of people living in poverty is higher than it’s been in more than 30 years, according to a census report released yesterday.” (Bill Bush, “Median Income In Ohio Hits 27-Year Low,” Columbus Dispatch, 9/14/12)

“The Inflation-Adjusted Figure Hasn’t Been Lower For Ohio Since Officials Began Keeping That Record In 1984, Census Officials Said.” (Bill Bush, “Median Income In Ohio Hits 27-Year Low,” Columbus Dispatch, 9/14/12)

The Republican campaign really needs to hammer on these data points, especially in Ohio and Florida, but also throughout the Rust Belt.  We’re going to hear a lot of soft-hearted — and soft-headed — arguments about Romney’s wealth and his lack of connection to the poor and middle class from media analysts.  Voters need to see the direction in which Obama has taken both the poor and middle class in three-plus years of recovery.  This ad is a good start, especially with Romney speaking directly to voters about these issues.  He needs to do more talking over the heads of the media and spend that cash advantage to get his message across.


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So put on your big boy pants like the rest of us have and pull the attitude bur out of your butt. You are no better than anyone else here and no more “informed” of what the future will hold.

kim roy on September 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

LOL, nice use of a DWS talking-point/debate tactic, you must be so proud, you imbecilic clown.

Reality may suck, and the evidence of Romney’s liberal past may also suck, but ignoring it doesn’t make you smart – it makes you gullible and pretty f-ing stupid. But please, feel free to proceed.

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM

That said, to be clear (again, because so many seem to have reading comprehension issues) – I’m supporting Romney because Obama is so horrific. Yes, it’s simply the lesser of two evils. Romney is exponentially better than Obama – and still a woefully inadequate candidate in his own right.

He is not conservative. He will not repeal Obamacare (as he has repeatedly said, he will retain parts, he will ‘repeal and replace’, etc – we will still have national healthcare, its just that Romney will enjoy administering it – until the next Dem pres comes along and tweaks it to *their* liking).

If you think Romney will be better than Obama, you’re right. If you think he’s going to *fix* things in a way that remotely resembles conservatism, you’re woefully ignorant – of his history, his commentary, and reality.

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM

It’s a shame the old guard is weighing down conservatism (McCain, Boehner, Graham, McConnell, to name a few)….we’re going to be stuck with them for a very long time. Couldn’t believe the good people of Arizona put McCain back in. & McCain & McConnell throwing support for the Syrian rebels; hello, didn’t you learn a lesson from the Arab Spring? Or even Gaza?
Yes, I wish a true conservative, such as Jim DeMint, would run for President. But its not going to happen in our lifetime. If Obama gets re-elected, it’ll be Democratic rule for, I was going to say 50 years. But who knows?
We need to support Romney, Akin, Thompson, etc. & hope they can win. No matter how demoralized the left is making us feel by shoving these polls constantly in our faces, we still have to get out the vote.
Its wacko liberalism vs RINOs….I’ll take the RINOs.
Hold your nose if you have to, like I did for McCain, & vote for Romney. Just remember, he doesn’t hate America, & he’s the only candidate supporting Israel. Also, he appears to be more intelligent overall than Bush (probably no alcohol to damage his brain cells)…but I don’t know if that’s a good thing. Hey, wonder what all that fun on the Choom gang did to Obama’s brain cells.

Belle on September 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Internet ads are not completely useless. Some folks, like me, don’t watch a lot of TV but sit at a computer all day. My coworkers and I have seen quite a few Romney ads. And those who surf youtube at work…you know who you are…see an ad before each video opens.

sothinbelle on September 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

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