By Jonathan Easley - 05/07/12 12:18 PM EDT
A one-minute video called “Go” that is set to air in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, focuses on the auto-industry turnaround, the war in Iraq, the killing of Osama bin Laden and an economy that is slowly adding jobs.
The ad does not mention the president’s signature legislative achievement of healthcare reform.
A USA Today-Gallup swing-state poll released late Sunday night shows Obama with a narrow 2 percent lead over Mitt Romney in 12 battleground states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election.
Similar to a seven-minute Web video the Obama campaign released last week, Monday’s ad contrasts the president's first-term accomplishments with the challenges he inherited from the prior administration.
The ad begins by focusing on events from January 2008 onward, sketching a downward-trending timeline detailing mounting job losses, the foreclosure crisis and the stock-market plunge before showing Obama taking the oath of office.
Responding to the ad, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said, “Americans will hear a lot from President Obama in the coming months. But what they won’t hear from him is the fact that his policies have wreaked havoc on the middle class. After a doubling of gas prices, declining incomes, millions of foreclosures and record levels of unemployment, Americans know they’re not better off than they were four years ago.”