By Meghashyam Mali - 10/23/12 11:11 AM EDT
In a TV ad released Tuesday, President Obama delivers a direct-to-camera address, sharing his plans for a second-term agenda and arguing that his administration has made “real progress” addressing the nation’s challenges
"There’s just no quit in America, and you’re seeing that right now. Over 5 million new jobs, exports up 41 percent, home values rising, our auto industry back and our heroes are coming home," says Obama in the new ad, amid images of American workers and charts touting his economic record.
In the ad, Obama presents plans for a second term, focusing on education and manufacturing jobs.
“Here’s my plan for the next four years: making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting American-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can; and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. And ending the war in Afghanistan, so we can do some nation-building here at home. That’s the right path.
“So read my plan, compare it to Gov. Romney’s and decide which is better for you. It’s an honor to be your president and I’m asking for your vote, so together we can keep moving America forward,” Obama concludes.
The ad directs voters to a new website, where the campaign touts the president’s plans to “grow the economy from the middle out” while charging Romney with wanting “to go back to the exact same policies that caused the recession and hurt the middle class.”
The new ad, titled "Determination," is a seeming response to GOP challenger Mitt Romney's attack that the president has not told voters what he plans to do if reelected.
With two weeks left until Election Day, Romney and his surrogates have aggressively argued that the president has failed to present voters with a second-term agenda. At a campaign rally last Friday, Romney accused the president of having “no agenda for the future” and running a “small” campaign.
On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) amplified those attacks, saying Obama had “given up” on offering new policies.
Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday, though, said it was the Romney campaign that had failed to outline an agenda.
“We have a very specific agenda about how we’d like to move forward,” Axelrod said. “On the other hand, what you hear from Mitt Romney are a bunch of chapter heads with no chapters and a plan to spend $7 trillion more in tax cuts and more money for the Pentagon than they’re even asking for,” said Axelrod on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“If there’s anyone who's running without a real plan here, it’s Gov. Romney, and to the extent he has one, it’s going back to the same policies from the last administration,” he added.
The new Obama ad comes as polls show a tight race, with many key swing states still a toss-up.