Obama Campaign Unleashes Blistering New 47 Percent Ad


If you’re in Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, or Colorado, expect to see a whole lot of this:

The ad features Mitt Romney’s now infamous riff on the 47 percent of Americans who he claimed viewed themselves as “victims” and leeched off the government while paying no income taxes—remarks Mother Jones first unearthed last week. On Monday, the Obama campaign debuted its first television ad responding to the video, but this twists the knife. It’s the harshest kind of attack, relying not on a gravelly-voiced narrator, but on the opposing candidate’s uninterrupted views. With polls showing a major backlash to Romney’s 47-percent statement, the odds are pretty good this won’t be the last time Team Obama goes to the tape.

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