The main super-political action committee backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is spending $17.7 million on two television ads that will air in 10 key states this week.
Restore Our Future, which is run by veterans of Romney’s 2008 campaign, is running one spot featuring an Iraq war veteran, Army National Guard Sgt. Peter Damon, who says he met Romney at the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center as he recovered from an accident that left him a double amputee.
“He took a personal interest in one soldier’s story and wanted to know how he could help,” Damon says to camera.
Romney “cares deeply about people who are struggling,” he says.
A second ad says “high unemployment has become normal” under President Barack Obama and that “we need to make a change” because “Barack Obama’s economy isn’t working.”
The spots will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Except for Michigan, those are the states where Obama and Romney have been spending most of their time and money. Restore Our Future has been the only major Republican group since early August to air ads in Michigan, a Democratic-leaning state where Romney was born.
Restore Our Future raised $111.5 million between January 2011 and this September and began this month with $16.6 million cash-on-hand, according to a document it filed.