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RNC to air critical State of the Union ad in swing states

The ad, which will air beginning Tuesday in Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., argues that the country is "not better off than it was four years ago" by using a montage of clips that paint an unflattering picture of the American economy.

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Republicans say they chose the media markets to challenge the president in key swing states for the 2012 election.

“Barack Obama has a lot of a explaining to do in tonight’s State of the Union address,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. “One year ago, he stood before the American people and promised he would tackle the housing crisis, rampant joblessness and get our economy back on track. But one year later, it’s more than clear that his sole priority is getting reelected.”

The ad, which includes short clips of Democratic leaders describing economic hardships in the country, argues with on-screen text that the state of the union is "unemployment" and "poverty," with the nation headed in the "wrong direction."

“The day after he delivers his State of the Union address, Barack Obama will be jetting off to five states he wants to win to be reelected. Instead of more words and empty promises, the American people need a president who will focus on the single most important issue in the country: fixing our economy. It’s time we elect a president who puts good-paying American jobs above his own," Priebus said.