Obama hits the airwaves with closing one-two punch

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DENVER – Two new ads from President Barack Obama’s campaign are hitting the airwaves in Colorado and other swing states as the race for the White House comes down to the wire, a one-two combo punch aimed at solidifying what appears to be a growing advantage over Mitt Romney.

One ad is essentially the president’s closing argument, an encapsulation of former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC.

The other gives Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments their most brutal television treatment yet.

In a two-minute spot called “Table”, Obama sits and speaks directly into the camera, offering his main arguments for another four years.

“Today as a nation, I believe we are moving forward again. But we have much more to do,” Obama says at the beginning of the ad, before characterizing his opponent’s political philosophy.

“Gov. Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer regulations on Wall Street, all of us will prosper. In other words, he’d double down on the same trickle-down policies that led to the crisis in the first place,” Obama continues, stealing a line from Clinton’s DNC speech.

Obama then outlines four top priorities for a second term: creating new jobs; reducing oil imports and increasing domestic energy production; focusing on education and expanding access to college; reducing the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade, in part by ending the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans.

In another 30-second spot, the third Obama campaign ad focused on Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of Americans not paying taxes and depending on government, Romney’s comments are given their fullest — and most brutal — treatment yet.

Titled “My Job”, the ad features only Romney’s audio clip unedited and at length, beneath images of ordinary Americans — parents, plant workers, aging veterans — in an effort to put a face on the people Romney sounds like he’s disparaging.

The ad concludes with these words: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

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