Romney touts "strong leadership" in new ad

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(CBS News) In a new campaign ad out Friday morning, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney takes on the Obama campaign's recent criticisms at his past gubernatorial record, presenting a series of achievements in Massachusetts as evidence of his "strong leadership" in the state.

"Mitt Romney on day one. The difference is strong leadership," a narrator in the ad intones, obliquely referencing the president before ticking off a series of facts about his tenure lading the state.

"As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney had the best jobs record in a decade," the narrator says. "Romney reduced unemployment to just 4.7 percent. He balanced every budget without raising taxes. He did it by bringing parties together to cut through gridlock."

"From day one as president, Mitt Romney's strong leadership will make all the difference on jobs," the ad continues.

The 30-second spot is an apparent response to the Obama campaign's recent attack on Romney's record in Massachusetts. In an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" over the weekend, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod hammered Romney's claims on job creation during his term as governor from 2003 to 2007, and earlier this week, the campaign released a new ad calling Romney's Massachusetts jobs record "one of the worst" in the country.

The Romney campaign did not announce where the ad is running or how much it's spending on air time.

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