Romney TV ad promises ‘clear path’ to economic growth

The 60-second spot uses Romney's remarks from Monday night's presidential debate to draw a sharp distinction between his economic plan and President Obama's policies

"There are two very different paths the country can take. One is a path represented by the president, which, at the end of four years, would mean we'd have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece," says Romney in a clip from the debate. 

"I'll get us on track to a balanced budget. The president's path will mean continuing declining take-home pay. I want to make sure our take-home pay turns around and starts to grow," he adds.

While the third and final debate between Romney and Obama was centered on foreign policy, both candidates sought to shift the focus back to the economy, the central issue for most voters.

"The president's path means 20 million people out of work struggling for a good job. I'll get people back to work with 12 million new jobs. I'm going to make sure that we get people off of food stamps not by cutting the program but by getting them good jobs. America's going to come back. And for that to happen, we're going to have to have a president who can work across the aisle," Romney continues in the ad.

The Obama team agreed with its election opponents on one point —  that the race is a choice between "two very different paths for our country." However, Obama campaign spokesperson Danny Kanner said Romney's proposals would raise taxes on the middle class and make deep cuts to investments in energy and education. 

“The president’s path would result in good paying jobs in America by closing loopholes that help ship jobs overseas and creating new incentives to bring them home, a skilled workforce for those good paying jobs by recruiting 100,000 math and science teachers and training two million workers at community colleges, oil imports cut in half, and balanced deficit reduction," countered Kanner.

The president also touted his plan for "jobs and middle-class security" on the campaign trail Tuesday. 

"[U]nlike Mitt Romney, I’m actually proud to talk about what’s in it — because my plan actually will move America forward. And by the way, the math in my plan adds up," Obama said at a campaign rally in Delray Beach, Fla. "So for those of you who are still making up their minds or your friends or your families, I ask folks — compare my plan with Gov. Romney’s. See which plan is better for you and for America’s future."

The Romney campaign on Tuesday also unveiled two other television ads following the debate, one that slammed Obama on military cuts and the other that charges the president with undertaking an "apology tour" to the Middle East, a charge the president rejected during the debate.