Ad War Update: Planting Their Flag In Janesville

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 5 2012 @ 7:32pm

The Romney campaign is echoing Ryan’s false rhetoric over his hometown’s GM plant:

The Super PAC American Future Fund backs them up with a similar ad:

AFF also launched a web ad pro-choice Romney voters against Obama, as well as pushing out a video that tries to make Ryan look better by ridiculing Joe Biden as a “drunk uncle”:

Another outside group, Rove’s Super PAC American Crossroads, is putting $6.6 million into eight states taking on the Obama campaign’s “Forward” motto:

The RNC is also continuing their “Are you better off?” attacks by focusing on Obama’s self-grade of “incomplete” on the economy (ad buy size/scope unknown):

From the other side, the Obama campaign released a Spanish language ad featuring a subtitled Bill Clinton:

Down in Florida, the state GOP is trying to inoculate the effect of Charlie Crist’s DNC appearance by quoting Crist praising Republicans. In outside spending news, Jennifer Liberto reports that Wall Street will likely set a new record for campaign contributions with $164 million spent so far:

The biggest difference between this election and the race in 2008 is that Wall Street is now betting bigger on Republicans. During the last cycle, 57% of individuals from Wall Street gave to Democrats and President Obama. But this year, 60% of Wall Street’s contributions went to Republicans. … Included in that $164 million is some $50 million which has flowed from the hands of several high-profile hedge fund managers to so-called super PACs, secretive groups that can raise unlimited amounts of cash. More than $40 million of those super PAC dollars went to conservative groups, including some that support Romney.

Elsewhere, the Mormon Church is apparently running search ads around Romney’s name and then subsequently promoting themselves as politically diverse. In North Carolina, the Republican Jewish Coalition is on Israel word-watch for the Democrat’s official platform via a print ad in the Charlotte Observer – and it seems to have worked.

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