Attack Ads Enter the Race for President

In the race for the White House, political ads are being released more and more frequently. WENY-TV Washington Correspondent Ted Fioraliso has reaction to a Romney ad that suggests President Obama is out of touch with what’s going on in the economy.

2012 Presidential Election

WASHINGTON (WENY) -- You know the race for the White House is heating up when both President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaigns seem to release new political ads almost every week.  Romney’s latest ad uses the president’s own words to try to convince voters the president is out of touch with what’s going on in the economy.


A montage of news anchors reporting on the May jobs numbers is how Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney begins his newest ad blitz.  And then, there’s a soundbite from President Obama.


“The private sector is doing fine,” says Obama in Romney’s ad.


“I think this ad is very effective, because it’s going to amplify on the fact that the president made a mistake,” explained Brian Darling, a senior fellow of government studies at the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation. 


Darling says a half-million private sector jobs have been lost since President Obama took office.


“It probably makes a lot of sense for Mitt Romney to put out ads now pointing out his vision for the future and the fact that he’s pointing out that there are problems in the economy right now that President Obama doesn’t seem to recognize,” said Darling.


The president later tried to clarify his statement by saying, quote, “It’s absolutely clear the economy is not doing fine.” 


The Obama campaign’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, defended the president’s words.


"The first quarter of this year was the best in terms of private sector job creation was the best in six years. We've had a slowdown in the last three months largely because of global events. What the president has said is that we need to take some urgent action and he's called and Congress to do that. They've sat on their hands thus far,” said Axelrod.


It’s not the first time a political candidate has made a gaffe his opponent has tried to use against him.  Remember this line from Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004?


“I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” said Kerry, about funding for the Iraq War.


And how about this one from GOP candidate John McCain in 2008 – at the height of the economic crisis?


“The fundamentals of our economy are strong,” said McCain.


And now this – welcome to Campaign 2012.


“President Obama and Mitt Romney are under a microscope.  Every word they utter is going to be studied by the media, by blogs, by talk radio,” said Darling.


Moral of the story?  Be careful what you say – because you could end up in your opponent’s next political ad.