New Romney ad talks up manufacturing, energy jobs in Ohio

posted at 2:21 pm on October 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Although there’s been much pontificating of late that Ohio has been shaping up as a cakewalk for President Obama, it looks like Ohio’s 18 electoral votes are still very much in the active-battleground category. As Ed detailed in his earlier post, there’s a definitely possible post-debate Romney bounce going on in the swing state; and then there’s this, via Paul Bedard at the Wash Examiner:

In a remarkable reversal of fortune for President Obama in Ohio, the GOP has closed the huge gap in absentee ballot requests used by early voters that favored the Democrats and the president in 2008, setting up what one state analyst said could be a Mitt Romney blowout on Election Day.

While in 2008, 33 percent of the 1,158,301 absentee ballots went to Democrats and just 19 percent to registered Republicans, a 14-point gap, this year 29 percent are being requested by Democrats and 24 percent by Republicans, a five-point gap.

And in a sign that the enthusiasm of 2008 voters is depressed, just 638,997 absentee ballots have been requested, according to American Majority Action, which culled the statistics together from Ohio college professors who are tracking the state’s absentee ballots used for early voting. The group provided Secrets with the details.

Encouraging signs, all — which is why the Romney camp is wasting no time capitalizing on Ohio’s swinginess with a new ad aimed directly at the state, in which he personally appeals straight into the camera:

The question Ohio families are asking is, ‘Who can bring back the jobs?’ Under President Obama, we’ve lost over a half a million manufacturing jobs, and China has passed us in manufacturing. I’ll stand up to China. I have a detailed plan to create 12 million new jobs, including producing our own energy in the ground in Ohio. I’m Mitt Romney, and I approve this message — because Ohio families can’t afford four more years like the last four years.

With the further economic potential of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, as well as Ohio being one of the country’s swingiest coal-producing states along with Pennsylvania, Obama’s under-the-table war on coal and his energy-development restrictions are major opportunity costs for Ohio — and if coal stocks are any indication of how people feel about coal’s prospects, Romney’s debate performance was likely another win for convincing undecided Ohio voters that he’s their guy. Via Reuters:

Mitt Romney’s support of the coal industry during his debate with President Obama sent coal company stocks higher on Thursday, analysts said.

“It’s amazing what 15 words about coal in a presidential debate can do for the stocks,” said Michael Dudas of Sterne Agee.

“These stocks have been volatile, but you can’t discount what a man running for president said about coal. Call it the Romney rally.” …

“By the way, I like coal. I’m going to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal,” said the former head of the private equity firm, Bain Capital.

“People in the coal industry feel like it’s getting crushed by your policies,” he told Obama.


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The Fool in all his Glory

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Just donated to Romney again and going to research me some stocks. Money meet mouth.

donkichi on October 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Not a bad ad, but Romney should have been more specific about the “energy in the ground” in Ohio–promoting the mining and burning of coal, and fracking for natural gas.

Steve Z on October 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Oiho for Romney!!!!

Bitter Clinger on October 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Although there’s been much pontificating of late that Ohio has been shaping up as a cakewalk for President Obama,

I always knew this was BS.

Red Cloud on October 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Not a bad ad, but Romney should have been more specific about the “energy in the ground” in Ohio–promoting the mining and burning of coal, and fracking for natural gas.

Steve Z on October 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Fracking has been a HUGE story in Ohio over the last year and a half or so. I don’t think there is one person in Ohio who doesn’t know about what’s going on in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Not a bad ad, but Romney should have been more specific about the “energy in the ground” in Ohio–promoting the mining and burning of coal, and fracking for natural gas.

Steve Z on October 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

He’s got to say something to the effect of “we are going to stop the war being waged on our coal, oil and gas workers, and on the American economy with high energy costs.”

Just using the words domestic production of coal, oil and natural gas would be most effective.

Rixon on October 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I’m in the Chicago media market, so I’m not seeing any Romney commercials here, obviously. But, is the Death Star finally operational? I’ve been hearing conflicting reports from other states… If not, Jesus, what are they waiting for??

JimLennon on October 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The Fool in all his Glory

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

His state collective uber individual is the same as Benito Mussolini and that buddy of his with the little mustache.

VorDaj on October 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

…I know people in Oiho…over 50% of the people in Oiho…are NOT STUPID!

KOOLAID2 on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The Fool in all his Glory

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

What the heck does he mean when he says that the economy grows ‘from the middle out’…out where? …..he (or some idiot in his entourage) coined that phrase and he repeats it like a parrot, but did anybody figure out what does he mean by that? I mean, he might be from Chicago but he’s no Chicago School friggin chicago school economist, where does he pull these crappola phrases and what do they mean…but then, hey, he thinks Trump is small business :)…

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

How about some real information about why manufacturing is offshored?

The Dems of course like to blame corporate greed when it is many things but that.

Some manufacturing facilities are so automated that the actual labor component is minimal and engineers and technicians outnumber laborers. What drives many manufacturers out of the country is the alphabet soup of regulatory agencies with their never ending, always increasing rules and regs. Labor unions have also helped drive manufacturers away with their outrageous demands, outdated work rules, and strikes. And finally, energy security and pricing impact the decision to offshore. With a Democrat establishment hostile to cheap energy, they help drive business away.

If the Left is really interested in bringing back manufacturing, I don’t think they are*, they should look in the mirror for root causes for it leaving in the first place.

*Environmentalists hate manufacturing.

Charlemagne on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

…I know people in Oiho…over 50% of the people in Oiho…are NOT STUPID!

KOOLAID2 on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The jury is still out on that…

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I’m never a fan of the “walking towards the camera talking” ad. It looks hokey.

Plus, Ohio has like a 7% Unemployment rate right? Will a 12 million job promise really sell there?

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

JimLennon on October 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I’m in western PA, and there are a lot of radio ads running here. I don’t watch much TV, so I don’t know about that.

Night Owl on October 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

…I know people in Oiho…over 50% of the people in Oiho…are NOT STUPID!

KOOLAID2 on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

We’ll have proof of concept in November.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The Fool in all his Glory

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I’m not sure what the problem with that line is?

No one is entitled to success.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, but that’s not the key morsel. This is it

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

No one is entitled to success.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

You’re right. At night/in the dark all cows are black.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

N’ohi you’t git ‘Bam pho! Y’know that?

slickwillie2001 on October 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I’m never a fan of the “walking towards the camera talking” ad. It looks hokey.

Plus, Ohio has like a 7% Unemployment rate right? Will a 12 million job promise really sell there?

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The reason unemployment in Ohio is going down is because of fracking and the fact that 3 casinos opened and 1 is getting ready to open.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

lorien, I get what you are saying, in the abstract, but that’s not what he means.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Yeah, but that’s not the key morsel. This is it

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Obama sure believes his big campaign contributors are entitled to success at getting a lot of tax payer money.

VorDaj on October 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

You’re right. At night/in the dark all cows are black.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

He’s saying this to sound more right wing, you know, right?

That he isn’t for equal outcomes.

Which, of course, is a lie. He’s confessed that that’s exactly what he wants.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Plus, Ohio has like a 7% Unemployment rate right? Will a 12 million job promise really sell there?

What? 7% is such a great UE number that Romney shouldn’t concentrate on unemployment there?
Is that what you’re saying?

lowandslow on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

lorien, I get what you are saying, in the abstract, but that’s not what he means.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

You think he means that “no one should be successful” ?

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

After just inheriting my daughter’s $92,000 school loans, my new hubbie is in no position to be sending money to anyone.

But, this is different. I’m usually a $25 donor but I did just send Mitt a $100 postal order, so my hubbie doesn’t find out about it. (I’ve saved $20 in cash from each of my runs to Walmart to this.)

I even charged this morning $50 online, to the God damn GOP, w/o permission. (Better to ask for forgiveness, than to ask for permission and get a “No”.)

PLEASE GIVE EVEN $10 if you’ve never sent money to a political party. Remember how our Founding Fathers sacrificed so much for our wonderful country that we must save for our children.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

The constitution doesn’t entitle you to success, but your hard labor and efforts grant you success, without the gov’t.

His middle class yakking is absolute bs. He makes up theories as he goes. He’s a desperate fool.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I actually saw a story on Breitbart yesterday that a Chicago suburb that went for SCOAMF in ’08 by a 23 point margin is now in a virtual dead heat with Mitt.

I suspect a lot of “people” will be dug up for a last “ditch” Dem GOTV.

Seriously, that is an amazing bit of info.

Rixon on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I like these – no gimmicks – just talking

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

You think he means that “no one should be successful” ?

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Except him and the looters. Socialism is not for the socialists. It’s only for the stupid lambs.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Is that what you’re saying?

lowandslow on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I’m saying that the Feds have spent a -ton- of money trying to lower the UE number in Ohio to keep it low. And having a UE number lower than everyone else probably makes Ohio happy.

Why do you think Ohio is hard this year? Cuz Dems ain’t stupid. They are using federal dollars in swing states to try and keep their rates lower.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Except him and the looters. Socialism is not for the socialists. It’s only for the stupid lambs.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Obviously that is his real attitude. But that’s not what he’s saying here.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Peggy Noonan will not like this ad because Romney is not in a suit.

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Yeah, but that’s not the key morsel. This is it

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

He did not say that did he?

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

And having a UE number lower than everyone else probably makes Ohio happy.

Yeah but the number still sucks. There’s nothing wrong with hammering on unemployment in Ohio.

lowandslow on October 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

If Romney’s strategy was to wait until after the first debate to unleash an ad blitz, then good on him. Maybe his team realized that not enough people watched the Republican National Convention, and they needed to see him go up against Obama face to face before they’d be able to form an opinion about him. Now they can tailor their ads to the positive impression he made, and people will be paying more attention when they seem him on TV speaking directly to them. People are just starting pay attention right about now.

ardenenoch on October 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

He did not say that did he?

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Oh yes he did!

Rixon on October 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Yeah, but that’s not the key morsel. This is it

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I see now. He said “anybody” I’m reading “everybody”

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Peggy Noonan will not like this ad because Romney is not in a suit.

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Too bad he’s not in shorts. Althouse would screaming racism or something.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Oh yes he did!

Rixon on October 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Unbelieveable

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Is this the new Romney or the old? I’m so confused, since the White House assured Americans there is more than one of them. It’s not hard to believe that it is possible until you consider that a real messiah is telling us this.

Don L on October 5, 2012 at 2:54 PM

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, but that’s not the key morsel. This is it

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

oh, I know. Was curious about that one, because he repeats it for a long time and was why nobody called him on it, or bothered to explain. the ‘we don’t believe anybody is entitled to success’ is really ambiguous and pretty dumb phrasing, only he knows what he meant by that..it would have made more sense, as lorien pointed out, if he used ‘everybody’ instead of ‘anybody’…

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

If Ohio doesn’t go for Romney then this country will certainly never get the job market it needs to survive the recession. Wake up OHIO. Get on board and vote Ronmey/Ryan.

karlinsync on October 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Not a bad ad, but Romney should have been more specific about the “energy in the ground” in Ohio–promoting the mining and burning of coal, and fracking for natural gas.

Steve Z on October 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Did you miss the reference to “the plan” that is on the website? It was featured for a full five seconds in the ad.

Yes, I realize that not everyone will go to a website. Merely by reference, though, it indicates the man has a plan.

One simply can’t wonk their way through a detailed plan in a 30 second commercial. The online plan is an eight page high-level outline of agenda items for those that desire more detail.

Carnac on October 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

How about some real information about why manufacturing is offshored?

Government (3 layers)
Lawyers
Unions
Taxes
Eco-worship
Pensions
Obamacare
Workman’s comp
High energy costs

Don L on October 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Peggy Noonan will not like this ad because Romney is not in a suit.

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Jeez, I read that piece by Noonan this morning, this woman is getting dumber and dumber…all she had to say about ryan’s campaign appearances what that he is not dressed like a grown up…seriously, how old is she anyways….in this day and age, she expects a 42 year old individual to campaign in suit and tie, wow, talk bout bonding with the electorate…

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Great blog post, Erika. I do, however, take issue with calling it “Obama’s ‘under the table’ war on coal” Obama couldn’t be more overt in his disdain for coal. it would be more accurate to say, “Obama’s war on coal which our “news” media sweeps under the rug.”

kscheuller on October 5, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Also known as: ‘Everyone is Entitled to Poverty in the form of Medicaid and Food Stamps’.

Wouldn’t it be great if when ‘O’ defaults to his “fair share” statement in a future debate, Romney were to ask him who the definer’s of “fair share” are. Does ‘O’ define what “fair share” is? Perhaps its an unelected board equivalent to Obamacare’s IPAB?

“Fair Share” has become this years “Hope and Change”. No definition provided. Each individual gets to self define an adequate answer. What happens when most discover that “Fair Share” is inadequate and thus equivalent to the “Hope and Change” of the last four years?

Hit ‘em hard Mitt.

Carnac on October 5, 2012 at 3:13 PM

What the heck does he mean when he says that the economy grows ‘from the middle out’…out where? …..he (or some idiot in his entourage) coined that phrase and he repeats it like a parrot, but did anybody figure out what does he mean by that?

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I’m pretty sure he means take money from the rich, and use it to give government jobs to the middle class, which creates customers for goods and grows the economy.

That strategy doesn’t work, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s saying.

The Rogue Tomato on October 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM

“This country does not just succeed when just a few are doing well at the top,” Obama said, according to a rush transcript of the remarks. “It succeeds when the middle class gets bigger. Our economy does not grow from the top-down, it grows from the middle-out. We do not believe that anybody is entitled to success in this country. But we do believe in opportunity. We believe in a country where hard work pays off and responsibilities are rewarded and everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody’s doing their fair share. And everybody’s paying by the same rules. That is the country believe in. That is what we have been fighting for the last four years. That is what we’re going to put in place in the next four years if you reelect me as president of the United States of America.”

This all is b/s. He makes things up as he imagines the fools will take it…they do, but we don’t.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

OT: Romney closes gap with Obama to 2 points after debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/05/us-usa-campaign-poll-idUSBRE8931E420121005

sentinelrules on October 5, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Has anyone noticed what a tough guy Obama is when talking in front of a teleprompter?

He’s a wussy.

Tater Salad on October 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

PLEASE GIVE EVEN $10 if you’ve never sent money to a political party. Remember how our Founding Fathers sacrificed so much for our wonderful country that we must save for our children.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Agreed. My wife and I have contributed in this election cycle several magnitudes greater than ever before. We have made enormous, for us, contributions to Romney, even though he was not our first, or second, choice to get the Republican nomination. We are also contributing California dollars to selected senate and house races in states with better opportunities to make a difference.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 5, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Not a bad ad, but Romney should have been more specific about the “energy in the ground” in Ohio–promoting the mining and burning of coal, and fracking for natural gas.

Steve Z on October 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I think people in Ohio will know exactly what he means. Romney also needs to do this sort of thing in CO and PA. Hammer it hard.

idalily on October 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Agreed. My wife and I have contributed in this election cycle several magnitudes greater than ever before. We have made enormous, for us, contributions to Romney, even though he was not our first, or second, choice to get the Republican nomination. We are also contributing California dollars to selected senate and house races in states with better opportunities to make a difference.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 5, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Same here. I’ve contributed more money this election cycle than ever before, and I’ll be walking precincts next weekend in Reno in hopes he can win Nevada.

It’s shame that as a CA resident I have to go another state to hopefully make a difference, but I’ll do what I need to do to defeat the current administration.

ccrosby on October 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

This is where Mitt has to hit the Failure-in-chief, Hard and Fast! The Ohio energy workers are getting thrown to the wolves and told to become “Government Moochers”! The coal workers are betrayed & even though some are to indoctrinated to vote for Romney, enough reminders will keep a lot from voting Obama!
Final UPDATE for those following:How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

What the heck does he mean when he says that the economy grows ‘from the middle out’…out where? …..he (or some idiot in his entourage) coined that phrase and he repeats it like a parrot, but did anybody figure out what does he mean by that?

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I’m pretty sure he means take money from the rich, and use it to give government jobs to the middle class, which creates customers for goods and grows the economy.

That strategy doesn’t work, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s saying.

The Rogue Tomato on October 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Went online and checked some more, see if his minions or campaign have more a out it, or if they ever explained what he means by that…there’s nothing about it on any of their websites….but I found out that there are a lot of people who are wondering about the same, and most of the guesses are articulated along the same lines like your explanation. Take from the rich to give it to the middle class…though to me this is just a twisted trickled down economic, you have to dang hope or make sure that the rich stay rich if you plan on taxing them more to support creation of middle class govt job holders…

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Why do you think Ohio is hard this year? Cuz Dems ain’t stupid. They are using federal dollars in swing states to try and keep their rates lower.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

You’re right. Ohio is hard right now because Team Obama has been carpet-bombing Ohio with ads for the last four weeks, with few from Romney. I’ve now seen a few Romney ads since the debate. PLEASE Romney step it up and counteract the Obama facetime!

dominigan on October 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

‘Middle class govt jobs’ that is…

jimver on October 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I’m in the Chicago media market, so I’m not seeing any Romney commercials here, obviously. But, is the Death Star finally operational? I’ve been hearing conflicting reports from other states… If not, Jesus, what are they waiting for??

JimLennon on October 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I can’t speak for the others, but I live in Southern MD so I’m getting hit by the VA ad coverage. I see Romney ads ALL the time, several times an hour if watching TV. The ones I mostly see are about China cheating and Obama not stopping it. Not sure why those would be chosen for northern VA, but…they are going on all the time. Obama ads? Not so much, but every now and again.

Highlar on October 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

When did he say this? I can’t believe all the dumb stuff this guy says. This literally says that NO ONE should be successful. It’s just so bizarre.

I bet he goes full frontal communist before the election.

MrX on October 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Obama in VA: ‘We Don’t Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country’.

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM
When did he say this? I can’t believe all the dumb stuff this guy says. This literally says that NO ONE should be successful. It’s just so bizarre.

I bet he goes full frontal communist before the election.

MrX on October 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I believe all this Commie verbage is for his future adoring Progressives who will show up for the chicken dinner circuit, after he’s kicked out.

He will be a real hero for finally saying these things.
It’s everything he, Moochelle and Valerie want said.
What courage!
He knows he’s finished.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I gave more money to RR today, also – 6th gift since Labor Day.

Every dollar matters – everyone do what you can – time or treasure or both.

If you know anyone in Ohio, now is the time to talk to them. Don’t let them believe the MSM lies that things are getting better. Recession in 2013 very likely if Obama is re-elected. Capital will flee the US for South America and Asia.

matthew8787 on October 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM