President Barack Obama’s campaign unofficially kicked off its general election media blitz today with a new ad that slams Mitt Romney for supporting tax breaks for ‘Big Oil.’
The TV spot, which will air in six swing states, defends the President’s record on energy, touting his push to end tax breaks for oil companies. It is largely a response to a recent $3 million ad campaign from the Koch-funded American Energy Alliance, which attacked Obama’s record on domestic drilling.
The energy message echoes Obama’s first campaign ad, which aired earlier this year. But the new spot is the first to directly attack Romney, Obama’s likely Republican opponent.
“It’s no surprise President Obama is spending his soon-to-be $1 billion war chest to attack Mitt Romney and deflect blame for his failure to control gas prices,” Romney’s campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul emailed in a statement to Business Insider. “His own Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, said in 2008 that we have to find a way to get the price of gas up to the level in Europe. It looks like he’s succeeding, and, unfortunately, the American people are worse off for it.”
The ad goes up tomorrow, and will air in media markets in Nevada, Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia.
Watch the video below.
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