American Crossroads Names Romney in Ad
Mitt Romney might have outraised President Barack Obama, but because of a campaign finance law, he can’t use most of the money until he was formally become the GOP nominee. He can’t use the money to defend himself against the ads made by Obama’s campaign.
American Crossroads, a GOP-aligned political action committee, announced that it will start an $8.8 million ad buy in nine states Thursday that will defend Romney from the attacks from President Obama’s campaign.
The Crossroads ad is a departure from the norm. Until now, outside political groups spent most of their money criticizing President Obama for the increasing federal deficit. The new ad from American Crossroads is the first one to mention Romney’s name and will defend him against Obama’s attacks.
The new ad comes in time when President Obama’s side is increasing its attack on Mitt Romney’s career with Bain Capital. It’s already the fourth week of the attacks that left the Republican candidate on the defensive and made it hard for him to get his message across to the voters.
President Obama’s accuses Romney of helping companies outsource US jobs to other countries through his investments. Romney’s campaign denied the claims. The Republicans know that the momentum has shifted towards Obama’s side.
But according to Henry Barbour, a Romney fundraiser and Republican National Committeeman from Mississippi, his candidate still is in a strong spot to win even if the momentum is not on their side for now.
Other Republicans say that the time will come when Romney will define himself to voters. They say that media spotlight will turn to their candidate in late August at the Republican National Convention. Romney is also set to go to London for the start of the Olympic Games, which will give him the chance to change the campaign topic to his role in managing the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.