President Obama's reelection campaign has made a significant ad buy in six battleground states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia — for a 32-second spot defending the incumbent's energy policies while at the same time attempting to tie Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, to corporate interests. Earlier this year, Obama's campaign released an ad focused on energy titled "Unprecedented." Republican nominees have assailed Obama for rising gas prices and his reluctance to boost domestic drilling.
The text on Obama's website accompanying this ad, which targets Romney specifically, reads:
President Obama has taken steps to move us toward energy independence and create an economy that’s built to last. He’s been a strong supporter of domestic energy production, has made historic investments in clean energy technology, and will nearly double fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. Because of the progress we’ve made, our dependence on foreign oil is the lowest it’s been in 16 years. Yet, conservative groups funded by big oil are spending millions trying to distort the President’s record.
And Mitt Romney, according to the ad, is the guy who wants big oil to retain big subsidies.
Meanwhile it was just announced that Romney will begin raising money jointly with the Republican National Convention. "Our donors are ready to mobilize for November," said Andrea Saul, a Romney spokesperson. The other GOP candidates were invited to play along, but it's the kind of invitation that the RNC hopes and expects will be declined.