A new Barack ObamaÂ campaign ad hitsÂ Mitt RomneyÂ on a familiar theme â the presumptive GOP nomineeâs tenure in private equity and his offshore accounts. But this time it is a pointed jab at Romneyâs patriotism.
The ad’s soundtrack is a rendition of “America the Beautiful,” sung by the presumptive GOP nominee himself.
The new ad features footage of Romney singing âAmerica the Beautifulâ â and overlaying it with excerpts from news reports on Romneyâs Swiss bank account, the sending of jobs overseas by firms related to Bain Capital and Romneyâs record as Massachusetts governor, writes The Washington Post.
“America, America, God shed His grace on thee…” Mitt Romney is heard singing in video from hisÂ January campaign stopÂ in The Villages, Fla., as clips from ABC News andÂ Vanity FairÂ flash on the screen: “He had millions in a Swiss bank account… Tax havens like Bermuda… And the Cayman Islands.”
According to CBS News, articles from theÂ Los Angeles TimesÂ and theÂ Boston GlobeÂ are also showcased to focus the spotlight on Romney’s past at the private equity firm Bain Capital, which sent American jobs overseas: “Mitt Romney’s firms shipped jobs to Mexico. And China,” the ad shows. “As Governor, Romney outsourced jobs to India.”
âMitt Romneyâs not the solution,â the ad concludes. âHeâs the problem.â
The new Obama ad was set to run in closely fought Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Romneyâs campaign responded by slamming Obama for a remark at a Friday campaign event in which he poked fun at those who watch Fox News.
âEvery day, President Obama hits a new low. It is sad and shameful that President Obama would mock America the Beautiful,â Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.
âBut sadly, itâs not surprising for the man who launched his presidency with an apology tour. The âUncle Jimsâ of our country â as he condescendingly calls middle-class Americans â donât believe in mocking America the Beautiful and donât believe in apologizing for America,â said Saul.
“The Obama campaign appears to be stuck in their own ‘Groundhog Day,’ repeating the same, debunked charges they’ve waged for weeks in an effort to distract voters from his administration’s failure to fix the economy and create jobs,” another Romney spokesperson Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.
President Obama didn’t dwell on Romney’s business record, speaking to about 900 people in Glen Allen andÂ leaving the sharpest attacks to his campaign and the new television commercial, reports The Huff Post. Still he played up the charge that Romney and the private equity firm he founded in 1984, Bain Capital, sent jobs overseas.
“He invested in companies that have been called pioneers of outsourcing,” the president said, his shirt drenched and water streaming down his face. “I don’t want pioneers in outsourcing, I want some insourcing. I want to bring companies back.”
Later Saturday, in Clifton, Va., the president again tried to tie Romney to the loss of American jobs, contrasting himself with his rival.
“I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas,” Obama told the audience of 2,100 at Centreville High School. “Let’s give those tax breaks that are investing right here in Virginia, right here in the United States of America, hiring American workers to make American products to sell around the world.”
Meanwhile, it wasn’t just Obama pressuring Romney.
“There is no whining in politics,” chided John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist. “Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”