Mitt Romney makes another visit to Virginia Thursday, and President Obama’s campaign has put out a backhanded welcome mat in the form of a new television ad.
The ad plays off the Republican presidential candidate’s comment that “47 percent” of Americans do not pay income taxes but nevertheless look to the government for most of their basic needs. Romney made the remark months ago at a private Florida fund-raiser, but they only recently came to light in a leaked video.
The only audio in the ad is Romney’s voice, taken from the video. It is set against a series of photos of factory workers, elderly veterans and other, seemingly non-moochy Americans.
Romney has said that he could have stated his “47 percent” remark better. But he has stood by what he contends was the gist: that he supports a smaller role for government while Obama is for a “government-centered nation.”
The ad, titled “My Job,” was released hours before Romney was due to stump in Springfield. He is set to appear shortly before noon at an American Legion post. Obama was also slated to campaign in the state Thursday, leading a rally in Virginia Beach.
“President Obama’s policies have devastated the middle class – unemployment remains chronically high, poverty has increased, and incomes have fallen,” Romney spokesman Curt Cashour said in an e-mail responding to the ad. “This election presents a clear choice between the government dependency of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s vision of economic freedom.”
This post has been updated.