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WASHINGTON--GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney takes aim at President Obama the day before he returns to Chicago for fund-raisers to mark his 50th birthday on Thursday, with a punch aimed at his gut. The video highlights unemployment in Chicago and the sagging housing market.

The campaign is releasing on Tuesday a new web video, "Obama Isn't Working: Chicago," which opens with a scene from Grant Park, where Obama celebrated election night, 2008.

"The video highlights President Obama's failure to improve the economy, even in his hometown of Chicago," the campaign said.

By taking on Obama in Chicago, Romney is risking the wrath of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, whose brother, Richard, is the former mayor.

On another front, the Republican National Committee is also planning to throw a few jabs at Obama, tied to the fund-raisers at the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus and Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady will hold a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the fund-raiser.

UPDATE COMMENT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE
RESPONSE TO ROMNEY VIDEO

DNC: "While residing in the "Mittness" protection program and hiding from the issues and voters, Mitt Romney has released another video attacking the President,"....statement from DNC Press Secretary Melanie Roussell:

"Sent from somewhere in the 'Mittness Protection Program', Mitt Romney's video is just more of the same rhetoric aimed at currying favor with the extreme wing of the Republican Party. As Mitt phones in his message, he only continues to promote the failed GOP policies that sent the country to the brink, while President Obama and Democrats turn the page to focus on putting Americans back to work."

below, from the Romney campaign...




AD FACTS: Script For "Obama Isn't Working: Chicago"

VIDEO TEXT: "GRANT PARK, CHICAGO ELECTION NIGHT 2008"

PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA: "Change has come to America."

· President-Elect Barack Obama: "[C]hange has come to America." (President-Elect Barack Obama, Remarks, Chicago, IL, 11/4/08)

VIDEO TEXT: "GRANT PARK, CHICAGO THREE YEARS LATER"

VIDEO TEXT: "CHICAGO UNEMPLOYMENT UP 48%"

· The Unemployment Rate For Chicago Was 7.3% In November 2008 And Was 10.8% In May 2011. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 7/8/11)

VIDEO TEXT: "UP 48%"

· The Unemployment Rate For Chicago Was 7.3% In November 2008 And Was 10.8% In May 2011. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 7/8/11)

VIDEO TEXT: "CHICAGO-AREA HOME PRICES SET ANOTHER RECESSION LOW"

· Chicago Sun-Times: "Chicago-Area Home Prices Set Another Recession Low" (Francine Knowles, "Chicago-Area Home Prices Set Another Recession Low," Chicago Sun-Times, 6/28/11)

VIDEO TEXT: "CHICAGO-AREA COMPANIES PLAN MORE LAYOFFS"

· CBS Chicago: "Chicago-Area Companies Plan More Layoffs" ("Chicago-Area Companies Plan More Layoffs," CBS Chicago, 7/7/11)

PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA: "Yes we can ... Thank you."

· President-Elect Barack Obama: "Yes we can ... Thank you." (President-Elect Barack Obama, Remarks, Chicago, IL, 11/4/08)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

· President Obama: "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition." (NBC's "Today," 2/2/09)

VIDEO TEXT: "OBAMA ISN'T WORKING"

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