The second television advertisement of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, released on Wednesday, is a stark departure from the first, which was an aggressive, high-octane assault on President Obama.
Romney’s new spot is positive, even gauzy, and offers Romney as “a conservative businessman” who is “the right answer” for nursing the nation’s ailing economy.
The 30-second ad, titled “The Right Answer,” is airing in New Hampshire and is narrated only by quotes from the candidate at the Sept. 12 CNN debate in Florida.
It shows Romney in clips on the debate stage that are edited with black-and-white still photographs of him on the campaign trail -- shaking hands at a factory tour, rallying supporters with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) in Nashua, N.H., and addressing a town hall meeting in Peterborough, N.H. The ad closes with a photo of Romney holding hands with his wife, Ann, as they walked across a windswept farm in Stratham, N.H., before his June announcement speech.
In the ad, Romney says:
““I spent my life in the private sector. I’ve competed with companies around the world. I’ve learned something about how it is that economies grow.
“But we’re not going to balance the budget just by pretending that all they have to do is take out the waste. We’re going to have to cut spending. And I’m in favor of cutting spending, capping federal spending as a percentage of GDP at 20 percent or less, and having a balanced budget amendment.
“The right answer for America is to stop the growth of the federal government and to start the growth of the private sector.
“I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message.”
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