Ad War Update

Mar 16 2012 @ 8:13pm

The Obama campaign releases the Guggenheim film in full:

Steve Benen marvels

[T]he name of the film, "The Road We've Traveled," is clearly intended to communicate a specific message: look less at where we are and more at what where were and what we've been through. When the narration tells viewers, "Not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt had so much fallen on the shoulders of one president," that's not hyperbole. Given that FDR "only" had to deal with the Great Depression, and Obama inherited a financial crisis and two wars, Michael Beschloss has argued that Obama's job was actually harder than anything any incoming president had to deal with in modern American history. 

Put it this way: Obama entered the cockpit of a plane that was crashing, and managed to gain altitude, slowly but surely. As easy as it is to complain about the ongoing turbulence, the point of videos like these is to remind folks that the nose isn't pointed down anymore.

Eliza Shapiro has more. The RNC lampoons the film with a mock poster here. Meanwhile, Romney returns to his core message, targeting Santorum in Illinois as "another economic lightweight": 

The Romney campaign is also invoking Santorum's humiliating 2006 reelection defeat over the radio in the Land of Lincoln: 

VOICEOVER: Is Rick Santorum electable? Remember his last Senate race? CLIP 1: In Pennsylvania, CBS News estimates Republican incumbent Rick Santorum has been defeated by Democrat Bob Casey. CLIP 2: The independent vote went overwhelmingly for the Democrat. VOICEOVER: By historic margins, Pennsylvania voters rejected Rick Santorum. … CLIP 3: Santorum is the third-ranking Republican in the Senate leadership but tonight, Pennsylvanians rejected him. He lost across the board with voters – among Democrats and independents, women and men, blacks and whites, young and old, rich and poor. ROMNEY: I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.

Alex Burns has a rundown of campaign spending in the state (unsurprisingly, Romney is outspending Santorum by $2 million). At the same time, Gingrich goes full Hewitt: 

And Ron Paul's PAC issues this clever spot:

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