CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With the Democratic National Convention concluded, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney released a series of new television ads tailored to show that he would help the economy more than President Obama in eight hotly contested states.
Romney's camp has always felt it would win the November election if it could keep the debate focused sharply on the economy and job creation. But that lens has grown fuzzy as the Republican stumbled on a foreign trip and got sidetracked by other issues, such as a Missouri Senate candidate's ham-handed comments about "legitimate rape" and abortion.
The 30-second ads slated for Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia promise changes from Obama's policies and a specific number of jobs that therefore should be created in each state. They also show some of the states Republicans know they need to win to take the White House. (Other previously hot battlegrounds, such as Wisconsin, are not included in the new ad splurge.)
The ads, titled "A Better Future," begin with video of Romney's Aug. 30 speech to the Republican National Convention. "This president can ask us to be patient," Romney says. "This president can tell us it was someone else's fault. But this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office."