The Obama camp has released a new spot called "Need Education" that it says will run on national cable and in battleground states beginning today. The spot is tied to what the campaign is calling its "Weekend of Action for the Change We Need," in which female supporters in all 50 states will hold pro-Obama events.
The spot opens with a shot of a Goodyear plant.
"I worked at this plant for 20 years before I learned the truth," equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter says directly into the camera. "I'd been paid 40 percent less than men doing the same work."
Ledbetter then targets John McCain.
"John McCain opposed a law to give women equal pay for equal work," she says. "And he dismissed the wage gap saying women just need education and training. I had the same skills as the men at my plant. My family needed that money. On the economy, it's John McCain who needs and education."
The McCain camp, meanwhile, has released a Spanish-language ad criticizing Obama for what it casts as his willingness to meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. It will air in FLorida:
Here's the English version, and the translated script:
ANNCR: Did you see who Obama wants to talk with?
CHAVEZ: Go to h*ll, you filthy Yankees!
ANNCR: Barack Obama says that he would meet Chavez without conditions.
CHAVEZ: Filthy Yankees, go to h*ll hundred times!
ANNCR: He said he would meet in his first year in office.
CHAVEZ: The United States which is behind every conspiracy against our country.
ANNCR: He said it was a disgrace that we haven't spoken with them.
CHAVEZ: If any aggression were to come against Venezuela, then there will be no oil for people or the government of the Unites States!
ANNCR: Do you believe we should talk with Chavez?
CHAVEZ: We, you filthy Yankees, know that we are resolute to be free, no matter what happens, and at any cost!
ANNCR: In November, you decide.
Responds Obama Campaign spokesman Federico A. de Jesús:
"John McCain's latest distortion is just a desperate attempt to distract people from the fact that he is running for more of the same Bush policies that will be a disaster for Hispanic families. We cannot afford more of the same economic policies that have driven us into a ditch, and we cannot afford more of the same foreign policy that has strengthened Chavez and set back U.S. leadership in Latin America, while doing nothing to break our dependence from foreign oil."
UPDATE: The McCain camp has also released "Overseas," a jobs-focused ad to air in Michigan. The script:
"Michigan manufacturing jobs are going overseas," an announcer says. "Barack Obama and his liberal allies are to blame. When manufacturers needed help making health care more affordable, they voted no. So jobs go overseas. Help to reduce energy costs? No. More jobs overseas. Lower taxes? No. Even more jobs overseas. They don't understand. Their votes cost Michigan jobs."