Ad War Update: Dónde Está Paul Ryan?

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 15 2012 @ 8:38pm

by Chas Danner

Still no TV ads from the Obama campaign regarding the Romney/Ryan medicare stance, instead they put out this web video today, perhaps as a preview:

Meanwhile the DNC put out an anti-Romney/Ryan sing-along which is so terrible it barely deserves a link. From the other side the RNC goes on the offensive wielding the $716 million billion BS from yesterday's Romney ad, while the Romney campaign has a new Spanish language ad out attacking Obama (size and scope of the ad buy is currently unknown):

Justin Sink captions:

The ad opens with video of the president declaring, "Yes, we can," in Spanish, with onscreen text then responding back, "Can we?" As a montage of worried-looking Hispanic voters plays, onscreen text displays unfavorable statistics about the economy. Among the claims: more than 10 percent Hispanic unemployment and more than 2 million American Hispanics in poverty. "Can we allow for Democrats to continue fooling us?" a narrator says. "When Obama and his Democrat allies tell us, 'Yes, we can,' we've got to tell them we no longer can!"

Paul Ryan doesn't appear in the ad, and there might be a reason for that:

Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote by a wider margin than any Republican presidential candidate in over a decade, and strategists in both parties say he may have made a bad situation worse with his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. What’s clear is that Romney’s lagging fortunes among Hispanics are unlikely to receive any boost from choosing a vice presidential candidate who has voted in Congress against the DREAM Act and supports overhauling entitlement programs that are extremely popular among Latino voters.

In outside spending dark money news, Karl Rove's Super ("non-profit issues") PAC, Crossroads GPS, is dropping $4.7 million to attack six Democratic Senate candidates with TV ads like this one (a $1.33 milllion buy) targeting Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) again:

But Crossroads GPS is spending the most money in this particular run by hammering Tim Kaine with two ads in Virginia. As far as a Democratic response, the DSCC is out with this new web video which tries to shine a light on C-GPS's shadiness, and then asks for donations to help "fight back":

Ad War archive here.