WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama's campaign released a pre-debate spot running in battleground states--a rare two-minutes in length--with Obama calling for a "new economic patriotism" and urging voters to compare his plans to proposals from Mitt Romney.
"During the last weeks of this campaign, there'll be debates, speeches, more ads. But if I could sit down with you, in your living room or around the kitchen table...here's what I'd say," Obama says at the top of the spot, titled "Table," to air in New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, and Colorado.
The first of three presidential debates is Oct. 3 in Denver where the session is supposed to focus on domestic issues.
Ad summary from Obama campaign:
With just over a month until Election Day, Obama for America today released a new, two-minute television advertisement in which the President speaks directly to the American people and lays out his plan to keep America moving forward, get folks back to work and make the middle-class secure again. Focusing on manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and a balanced plan to reduce our deficit, President Obama sets real and achievable goals that will grow our economy beginning with a strong, thriving middle-class.
"It's easy to forget where we were when the President first took office: the country was losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month, and we were mired in Iraq. Today, we are moving forward again thanks to President Obama's policies. But there is much more work to be done, and this election offers a clear choice for voters across the country: continue to move forward with the President's plan for an economy built to last, from the middle out -- or go back to the same trickle-down economic policies of the last decade that crashed our economy and punished the middle-class in the first place."
Romney campaign spokesman Andrea Saul react:
"Four years ago, Barack Obama called it 'unpatriotic' to run up debts our children will have to pay. Yet in the time it takes his latest ad to run, our national debt grows by at least another $5 million. With $16 trillion in debt, 23 million Americans struggling for work, and spending out of control, President Obama's record is clear: we can't afford another four years that look like the last four years. Mitt Romney will strengthen the middle class, create 12 million new jobs and deliver what President Obama hasn't - a real recovery."