Ad War Update: Romney Drives?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 31 2012 @ 8:35pm

Mitt shows off his driving skills in a biographical ad released today, more notable for its positive tone and a rhetorical pivot regarding Obama's "didn't build that" line:

The campaign did not disclose which states the spot will air in or what funding they are planning to put behind it.  From the other side, in a six-state TV ad buy, the Obama camp tries to tie Romney to George W. Bush:

The Obama people also put out another web video looking for Romney's tax returns:

In another web ad, the Obama campaign highlights a critical campaign contribution from …  Obama, who shows off his webcam skills:

In murkier territory, as part of a nine-state $25 million buy, Rove's Super ("non-profit issues") PAC Crossroads GPS has a new ad out that leans heavily on the ominous and omnipresent clip from CBS's Scott Pelley:

In the congressional race, the DCCC is going after two dozen GOP rivals with a bit of class warfare. From the campaign of Congressman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) comes the catchiest radio ad of the season so far, using a country song (complete with a Medicare-themed chorus) to go after opponent Senator Dean Heller (R-NV):

Lastly, Josh Green found what he calls "the strangest attack ad of the presidential campaign" – an anti-Romney video that may be running on TV in Michigan (the size or scope of the ad's run is unclear):

[The ad] goes after Romney on the matter of his having bullied—and, according to this Washington Post story, forcibly cut the hair of—a gay teenager when the presidential candidate was a high school student in Michigan. And it’s strange because the guy funding and starring in the ad is Geoffrey Feiger, most famous for having been Jack Kevorkian’s lawyer. It turns out that Feiger was subjected to an uncannily similar attack when he was a long-haired teenager, and he’s still pissed off about it—enough that he angrily recounts the episode in this ad and then goes a little nuts on Romney, who claimed that he did not remember the alleged episode.

Here's Feiger:

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