Obama-Romney Super-PAC Duel

Mitt Romney will pay for running mate Paul Ryan’s budget, if the super-PAC backing President Barack Obama has anything to say about it.

President Barack Obama will pay for his health-care act, if one of the super-PACs backing Romney has anything to do with it, its ad declaring: “Obama is the problem.”

The Priorities USA Action-sponsored ad draws its criticism for Romney from Ryan’s proposed federal budget cuts:

“Take away his toys and he’ll play with a stick,” the ad says of children who stand to lose from cuts in education funding. “Take away their bikes and they’ll still find a way to get where they’re going. But if you take away early childhood education… Slash K-12 funding… And cut college aid for middle class families they won’t go far. Yet that’s exactly what Mitt Romney wants to do to pay for a $250,000 tax break for multi-millionaires. If Mitt Romney wins, the middle class loses.”

The ad draws on outside analysis from nonpartisan and partisan groups alike projecting cuts in Head Start, Pell Grants and other federal programs, should Congress pass the budget that Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, has proposed. It overlooks the fact that there is a long road from that bill to law, with a divided Congress, and it ignores the fact that federal funding represents a small share of public school financing.

The claim about the $250,000 tax cut for millionaires comes from a Tax Policy Center analysis of the impact of Romney’s plan to cut taxes by 20 percent. Romney contends that he will offset his cuts with the closing of loopholes, particularly for high-earners, but hasn’t specified the exemptions.

Priorities USA says the ad is airing on TV and online in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Crossroads ad, one of many produced by a group co-founded by George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove portraying Obama as “the problem,” attempts to blame the health-care law that Obama won in 2010 and other actions Obama has taken for a reluctance by small business owners to hire more people. It closes with an older man presented as the owner of a longtime family business saying the nation can’t afford four more years of this.

It lacks much in specifics to challenge. The message is the pointed part:

“If he has four more years, I don’t think we’re going to want to see what they look like



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