Obama to Romney: `Get Real, Mitt’

Photograph by Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

Mitt Romney and Ohio Gov. John Kasich arrive for a roundtable discussion with students at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on April 27, 2012.

President Barack Obama’s campaign is telling Mitt Romney to“get real” in a television ad that paints the Republican challenger as out of touch on higher education funding.

“Take a risk. Get the education. Borrow money if you have to from your parents,” Romney is shown saying in the ad, which alleges that Romney’s policies “could” cut college aid for about 10 million students.

“Get real, Mitt,” a narrator concludes.

The campaign’s source for the 10 million figure is the Obama White House, specifically an Office of Management and Budget analysis of a budget blueprint promoted by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Romney’s running mate.

The Romney footage comes from an April appearance at Otterbein University in Ohio, where he praised the risk-taking of successful businessmen including Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of a sandwich chain.

The Obama ad first aired in Ohio this morning, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising. It will also run in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and Virginia, the Obama campaign said in an e-mail.

Today also saw a new ad from the pro-Romney super-PAC Restore our Future that says Obama is attacking Romney because he has “no record to run on.” The Republican National Committee also introduced a spot that tells voters they have “the power to make a change.”

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