Skip to comments.Obama TV Ad Hits Romney on Massachusetts Debt
Posted on 06/12/2012 5:21:09 AM PDT by Zakeet
President Obamas re-election campaign has spent weeks trying to drive home the point that Massachusetts was at the back of the pack in job growth under Gov. Mitt Romney. Now, a new campaign TV ad touts a stat on which Romneys state surged to the front per capita debt.
Number One, a 30-second spot, claims Massachusetts debt grew $2.6 billion during Romneys tenure between 2003 and 2007 to $18 billion, or $4,153 per person, according to Moodys 2007 State Debt Medians cited in the ad.
First in debt. Forty-seventh in job creation. Thats Romney economics, the ad says.
The tag line encapsulates Democrats argument against candidate Romney of 2012, discrediting his pitch for the presidency as an accomplished businessman and state chief executive by highlighting his record in office from less than a decade ago.
The ad will air in nine battleground states Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia as part of an ad campaign described by aides as a significant buy.
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Do a similar thing with Obama 's infamous line “The Private Sector is doing fine.”
"Thank Me!. I bet you $10,000 that my actual history
will not matter to the the MSM until October. You suckers."
Romney - turned $3 billion deficit into $700 million surplus. Obama - $5 trillion deficits in 40 months. What is this, a saturday night live skit?
Everyone, that is a true Freeper on here, should just “shut up” and get on the Romney express. We conservatives have to be successful come November and this constant ridicule has to end. We must be united or we will fail!
Mr. RomneyCARE is not the GOP candidate YET.
Romney could pull out for the sake of America
and let a REAL CONSERVATIVE take the reins.
He should apologize for backstabbing all the other
conservatives on the way out.
Ok. IF he becomes the nominee... at that point, will you continue these posts?
Your FULL of sh..t!
Your FULL of sh.t!
Romney should be able to respond with his own ads in a way that neutralizes Obama’s attacks. With effective rebuttal ads by Romney, these attacks ads could even backfire on Obama and make him look deceptive to the voters. The facts are that during Romney’s term he turned a large budget deficit into two budget surpluses in his last two years.
On the issue of state debt, Romney should focus on the upgrade of Massachusetts’ debt rating that occurred while he was governor (while US federal debt has been downgraded during Obama’s term):
The main reasons why Massachusetts has high levels of debt per capita are because that state also has extensive high-quality state-funded infrastructure (roads, bridges, water systems, etc) and has a very high average income level, which enables MA to easily service more debt per capita than other states. Infrastructure also costs much more to build in Massachusetts than in many other states because of higher labor costs resulting from the generally very high average income level in Massachusetts.
"See?! He's almost as bad as I am! (And you KNOW you'd rather vote for me than some rich, white Republican.)"
That 47th ranking in job creation from the Obama attack ad just doesn’t sound right to me. The Romney team should find out exactly how that ranking was calculated and check all the calculations. Make sure the calculations were done in terms of percentages of each state’s population and not in absolute numbers. Check the starting dates and ending dates for all the employment statistics used in this attack ad. Liberals are generally extremely deceptive and they may have used some intentionally or unintentionally mistaken calculations to arrive at that 47th ranking.
After thoroughly checking that calculation, the Romney team needs to compile all the state employment statistics and start ranking them with different methods than the one used in the Obama attack ad. It appears that Romney essentially walked into an economic disaster in MA on his first day in office, which made it difficult for much net job growth to occur in MA within the next four years. So one new way to look at this situation could be to calculate the percentage of jobs gained or lost in MA and all other states in the year before Romney took office and in Romney’s last year in office. Then calculate the improvement in that percentage (net change) from the year before he took office until his last year. (For example, if a state lost 2% of it’s jobs in the first year but gained 1.5% in total employment in the last year, that’s a net improvement of 3.5%) Finally, rank the 50 states by those improvements in job growth during Romney’s four-year term. Measured that way, Massachusetts could easily be in the top five or ten states in the net improvement in job growth. If so, then run that high ranking in a campaign ad that neutralizes Obama’s attack ad, without mentioning Obama’s ad, of course. Just put conflicting information into the voters’ minds which cancels out the impact from the Obama attack ad.
Well, you get the idea. There are many ways to rack and stack employment statistics and many ways to measure improvement during a governor’s term. So the Romney campaign needs to get to work on ways to counter the Obama attack ads, and if those attack ads are using incorrect calculations, then of course nail them for using bad numbers.
absolutely agree. the usurper attacking on the issue of debt? After the destruction he’s wrought in three years???
that’s a huge-normous “Pot calling the kettle black” b**ch-slap waiting to be recorded
I like your idea! Good one!
Hey Nobama, your pall Deval Patric is doing just a swell job here in MA. NOT!
According to Hannity, the ad is a bald-faced lie.
Now that would make a nice campaign ad.
A line slowly moving across the graph with the key dates highlighted at the top half of the screen.
Then the lower half of the screen duplicates that, but with Obummers numbers.
Would knock his ad right out of the water - and I bet the term “swiftboated” would come up...:^)
Barack Obama, professor of Throwing Stones In Glass Houses 101.
What’s worse than lying with statistics is lying in such a way that nobody can even figure out how that conclusion was reached. You’d THINK that the Democrats would have the integrity to toss in at least a little footnote. If you’re right, they have pulled that number totally out of their little rodently derrieres.
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