Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, released a new radio ad Friday knocking President Barack Obama for his handling of the economy and calling into question the Obama campaign's repeated attacks on Romney and Bain Capital.
The new spot, titled "Imagine," is part of a $1 million radio ad campaign and will air from July 27 to Aug. 2 across swing states Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The super PAC has pledged to defend Romney's business career, calling the Obama campaign's focus on the presumptive Republican nominee's tenure at Bain Capital a distraction from the president's own economic record. As part of that effort, the radio ad invokes former President Bill Clinton characterizing Romney's career as "sterling" during a May interview.
"So what would you do now if you were Barack Obama?" the narrator asks. "You would attack Mitt Romney with ads denounced by the news media and even Democrats as -- quote -- misleading, unfair and untrue."
But recent polling has shown that negative ads centered on Romney's history at Bain Capital are working in pivotal battleground states, with an increasing number of voters saying the attacks contribute to an unfavorable impression of the former Massachusetts governor.
Restore Our Future raised a record $20 million in June, half of which came via a generous $10 million contribution from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. In addition to targeting Obama's first term, the super PAC will soon unveil its $7.2 million ad buy touting Romney's involvement with the 2002 Olympics to coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Republican National Committee was out with an ad of its own on Friday, echoing the party's message that the president has failed to steer the economy in the right direction. The ad, titled "Again," will also air during the 2012 London Olympics. CNN reports:
The Republican National Committee will air a new, hard hitting television commercial during Olympic programming that criticizes President Barack Obama for pushing through an economic stimulus plan that has failed to right the troubled economy. Republican sources said the ad will also run on national cable television and in the key battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. The sources would not reveal how much money is behind the ad, but it will be paid for through the committee’s independent expenditure (IE) arm. This is the second commercial that the RNC’s IE has aired. Two weeks ago, the RNC IE ran its first TV commercial attacking Obama for failing to live up to his campaign promises to fix the economy and create more jobs. So far, $11 million was spent on that ad buy, according to the GOP sources.
This story has been updated to include the Republican National Committee's Friday release of an ad, titled "Again."