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The Democratic National Committee will begin airing TV ads in Virginia on Monday that seek to portray Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper on issues such as abortion rights and health care.
The ads, which will air on broadcast and cable stations this week, come as the DNC launches a new Web site, Mitt vs. Mitt, designed to focus on attention on Romney’s stance on a variety of issues, including the economy, immigration and workers’ rights.
The former Massachusetts governor, who is planning a return trip to Richmond in December, has four full-time paid staffers in the swing state — making him the first GOP presidential candidate with paid staff in the commonwealth.
The Romney campaign described the ads as an attempt to distract attention from President Obama’s failures.
“President Obama has failed to create a single net new job and has wreaked more havoc on the middle class than any president in modern history,’’ said Andrea Saul, a Romney spokeswoman. “The last thing the White House wants is to have to run against Mitt Romney and be held accountable for the many failures of this Administration. So, instead of focusing on the economy and creating jobs, President Obama and Democrats are focused on tearing down Mitt Romney.”
Watch the ad.
The ads are airing in six markets, including Northern Virginia, Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
The DNC, along with state parties, will hold screenings of the new video in key states including Virginia, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, Minnesota and Massachusetts.
“When he ran for president last time, Mitt Romney admitted he’d changed his position on a lot of issues,’’ according to a DNC statement. “This time, he claims he’s Mr. consistency. Mitt Romney can’t even take a position on taking a position. Republicans’ favorite straw man is to talk about “uncertainty” as a threat to growth. If people are scared of uncertainty, they should be terrified of Mitt Romney.”
Watch the full video here.