Obama campaign ad hits Romney on abortion
At the debate in Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., moderator Bob Schiffer asked Barack Obama and Mitt Romney how they each view the role of the United States on the international stage.
Not letting up on the abortion issue, the Obama campaign released a new ad slamming Mitt Romney, asserting the candidate talks out of both sides of his mouth.
A new ad released by the Obama campaign asks "which do you believe? What Mitt Romney's TV ads say about women or what Mitt Romney himself says?"
The ad plays several edited clips of Romney saying he would support the "overturn Roe v. Wade," the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. It also shows Romney saying he'd "cut off funding to Planned Parenthood," the women's health clinics that also provide abortion and contraception services.
"We know what he'll do," a woman narrator concludes.
The ad does not mention Romney-endorsed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said a pregnancy resulting from rape is God's intent, but the ad was released the day after the Mourdock controversy broke. It is airing in Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.
Meantime, a Florida-focused TV ad by the 60 Plus Association is charging the president with slashing Medicare.
"Medicare's going bankrupt," singer and Romney supporter Pat Boone says in the TV ad airing in senior-heavy areas of West Palm Beach and Fort Myers. "He took $700 billion from Medicare to pay for his new health care law."
"Mitt Romney will strengthen Medicare, so it's there for seniors and our grand kids," Boone adds.
Also running in Florida - and two other battleground states - is a new series of radio ads from the Romney campaign highlighting Monday's debate back-and-forth between the candidates on the issue of the size of the Navy.
"Our Navy now is smaller than any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission; we're now down to 285. That's unacceptable to me," a clip of Romney says in the ad running in Virginia, Florida and New Hampshire.
In the minute-long spot, the narrator mocks the president's "punchline" from the final presidential debate where he said the U.S. has "fewer horses and bayonets." The narrator says cuts to the Navy are "crucial" and notes the number of naval jobs specific to the state where the ad is airing: 136,000 in Virginia, 41,900 in Florida and 3,600 in New Hampshire.
"As Commander-in-Chief, Mitt Romney will reverse Obama's defense cuts. He will invest in our military, creating jobs, and defending our freedom," the narrator concludes.
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