Ad War Update: Ignoring Last Night

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 6 2012 @ 6:49pm

The Romney campaign has a new ad out trying to play sleight of hand with Bill Clinton's speech last night:

Alex Burns comments:

There's no word from Boston on where this ad is actually airing, and it's a surprising choice to lean further into the narrative of Clinton-Obama tension at a moment when Clinton is hugging his successor more closely than ever.

Then there is some big battleground news, as the GOP and its outside-spending allies have pulled their ads from Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Obama is up in the polls. Laura Clawson steps back:

Romney will never pull out of Michigan—but he won't actually put much in, either. Sure, if the polls suddenly swing toward Romney, Republican billionaires and their Super PACs could dive back in with big TV ad buys. But given that nasty ads are the Republican tactic for winning, their absence these days in Michigan and Pennsylvania says a lot about what Republican strategists see happening in those supposed swing states.

But the Romney campaign is still reserving ad space in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia (but not Wisconsin). Meanwhile, a new ad from the RNC shows a young Obama supporter "breaking up" with the president over his disappointing first term:

Except, um, the woman is an RNC staffer:

[Republican National Committee Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina] Inclan began her current RNC post in January 2012, and has worked in Republican politics since well before Obama’s 2008 election.

The Romney campaign is also pushing back on the Democrats' anti-Bain convention rhetoric with a few web videos pushing the Bain-as-savior narrative – one for Dade International and another for GST Steel. Lastly, Congressman Allen West (R-FL) is trying to tie yesterday's DNC platform disaster to his opponent:

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