On the day President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address, the Republican National Committee launched a TV ad in Virginia and other swing states.

The ad, “State of Our Union,’’ focuses on the economy, including the 13 million unemployed Americans and 49 million living in poverty.

President Obama (Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Virginia in 44 years. But in the years since, Democrats have lost ground, with the GOP controlling the statehouse.

“Barack Obama has a lot of a explaining to do in tonight’s State of the Union address,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “One year ago, he stood before the American people and promised he would tackle the housing crisis, rampant joblessness and get our economy back on track. But one year later, it’s more than clear that his sole priority is getting reelected.”

Obama’s campaign began airing its first ad last week in Virginia and other battleground states.

“The RNC is doing what it does best — misleading voters on the president’s record to keep from talking about the GOP’s plans to reinstate the same failed policies that drove this economy into recession,” said DNC National Press Secretary Melanie Roussell in response to the ad. “Instead of being honest, this ad takes President Obama and President Clinton’s words out of context to illustrate the same tired theme because they don’t want to talk about what President Obama has actually accomplished.”

This post has been updated since it was first published.