Barack Obama wants Colorado voters to remember a certain Indiana Senate candidate when they pick a president next week.
An Obama radio ad in Denver spins through the Richard Mourdock rape comment controversy, using newscasts and a conversation between a man and woman to fold in Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. (Listen here.)
The Republican Indiana Senate candidate said at a debate Oct. 23 that pregnancy from rape is something “God intended.” Mourdock is one of just a few candidates whom Romney has endorsed in an ad. Post-debate, Romney has not withdrawn his backing of Mourdock, though he said he disagrees with what the candidate said.
This Colorado spot appears to be the first Obama radio or TV ad on the Mourdock flap — though his campaign and Democratic allies eagerly seized on it, making an online ad and, for a time, prominently featuring it on his campaign website.
Colorado, which comes with nine electoral votes, is one of the most heated presidential battlegrounds, with most polls showing the White House candidates in a tie. Obama visits Boulder, Colorado, tomorrow. Romney travels to Colorado Springs and Englewood on Saturday.
Here’s a summary of the radio ad:
“Oh, honey, listen. This is what I was telling you about,” a woman says as a newscast-style recitation of the Mourdock controversy plays.
“Whoa,” a man says.
“Yeah, see? I told you. Can you believe the stuff these guys are saying?” the woman asks.
“Well, worse, it’s what they actually believe, right?” the man says.
Next comes another news bit about Romney continuing to endorse Mourdock and appearing in an ad on his behalf.
“Mitt Romney’s doing TV ads for that guy?” says the man, sounding incredulous.
The woman says Mourdock is the only Senate candidate to score a Romney endorsement ad — which is not quite true. The former Massachusetts governor made ads this year for Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.
The ad concludes with a snappy comment from the woman: “That’s it for me and Mitt.”