(NEW YORK) — The Romney campaign is out with a new ad targeting Obama’s handling of the economy and its impact in Florida ahead of his trip to the state today.
The ad, titled “Focus,” hammers Obama for expressing concern over the economy in 2008 but not helping invigorate it as president.
“Four years ago, Barack Obama was concerned about Florida’s economy,” a voiceover in the ad says as it transitions to a clip of then candidate Obama speaking in 2008.
“When wages are flat, prices are rising, more and more Americans are mired in debt, our economy as a whole suffers,” Obama said.
“But under President Obama, 8.6 percent unemployment, record foreclosures, six hundred thousand more Floridians in poverty,” the voiceover continues. “He focused on Obamacare instead of jobs. Barack Obama: what a disappointment.”
The 8.6 unemployment rate in Florida is higher than the national average, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott also has slashed the unemployment rate in his state in less than two years, lowering it from 11.1 percent in December 2010, one month before he took office, to its current rate of 8.6.
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