Romney ad attacks Obama's leadership

President Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Sept. 14, 2012, heading to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to attend the transfer of remains ceremony marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya. AP Photo

(CBS News) A new television ad released Sunday by Mitt Romney's campaign challenges President Obama's leadership, saying that he is unable to lead even his own party.

At a meeting with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during stimulus negotiations, Pelosi "hit the mute button" and "went on with the meeting, ignoring the president. Not even listen to what he had to say," the narrator in the ad says.

The ad points to a passage in a newly-released book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward on the inner-workings of Washington over the past few years.

"If he cannot lead his own party, how can he lead America?" the narrator asks.

Pelosi released a statement in response to the ad, calling it "an act of desperation."

"As Speaker and as Democratic Leader, any call from the President would be treated with great formality and respect. There was absolutely no situation in which either President Bush or President Obama were cut off from speaking," she wrote in a statement.

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