Obama’s new Colorado ad hits Romney for ’47 percent’ gaffe

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DENVER – A day after going up in Ohio with its first television ad highlighting Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, the Obama campaign is set to blanket the Colorado airwaves with a similar ad, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

The ad, titled “Fair Share”, will air in all eight swing states: New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada.


The spot shows video of Romney’s comments at a fundraiser in May where he told a small group of wealthy donors that the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes are “dependent on government” and unable to be convinced to “take responsibility for their own lives.”

But instead of using audio of Romney’s comments themselves, a narrator paraphrases:

“When Mitt Romney dismissed 47% of Americans for not pulling their weight, he attacked millions of hard working people making 25, 35, 45 thousand dollars a years.”

As the narrator speaks, images of a teacher, police officer and firefighter flash onto the screen.

“They pay social security taxes. State taxes. Local taxes. Gas, sales, and property taxes,” the narrator continues, before pivoting to attacking Romney for his relatively low tax rate in 2011, which his campaign just released last Friday.

“Romney paid just 14 percent in taxes last year. On over 13 million in income. Almost all from investments,” the narrator continues.

“Instead of attacking folks who work for a living, shouldn’t we stand up for them?”

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