Obama TV ad touts manufacturing job growth

The ad features American workers praising the president’s economic policies. 

"We’ve gone from pulling into our parking lot, which was so depressing, there would be 2 or three cars in this parking lot, to our parking lot being full," says a woman in the ad. 

"We have a whole second shift that we brought in, new employees, and we have a future at our plant now," says another man. 


The 30-second spot, titled “Main Street,” is set to air in the battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and Virginia.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign on Monday dismissed the ad, accusing the president of creating trillions of dollars in new debt. 

"President Obama entered office promising to deliver a new direction on our nation’s out-of-control deficits. Instead, the President’s failed economic policies have produced trillions of dollars in new debt that could cost middle-class families $4,000 in higher taxes. It’s just another reason why Americans can’t afford four more years like the last four years," said Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul in a statement. 

Jobs numbers released earlier this  month showed the unemployment rate falling to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest figure of Obama’s presidency.

Obama seized on the positive numbers to make the case that while the recovery is ongoing, the economy has improved under his tenure.

"It shouldn’t be an excuse for the other side to talk down the economy just to score a few political points," said Obama in Cleveland, when the numbers were released Oct. 5. 

Romney, though, has argued that the jobs numbers don't give an accurate picture of the employment situation, because fewer Americans are looking for work. 

“It looks like unemployment is getting better. But the truth is that if the same share of people were looking for jobs now that they were when the president took office, the unemployment rate would be 11 percent," said Romney in Virginia on the day the numbers were released.