New Obama Ad Calls For Congressional Jobs Action

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) - The first national cable advertising buy of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, released on Thursday, calls on Congress to pass a package of economic measures advanced by the White House - and asks supporters to call on Congress, too.

The spot, called "Jobs," features clips from Obama's June 1 speech in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where he pointed to signs that the economy is growing, but not growing fast enough.

It is the campaign's second new television advertisement this week. On Monday, it announced a spot critical of Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, which a Republican ad buying source said on Wednesday would amount to a $12 million buy.

Growth would be faster, the ad argues, were Congress to pass Obama's American Jobs Act, which involves "ideas to cut taxes to help small businesses hire and grow, rebuild American infrastructure, create pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs, and cut taxes for every American worker and their families," the campaign said in a statement accompanying the ad.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement regarding the ad that "President Obama has had three and a half years to keep his campaign promise to grow the economy and create jobs. Now, with record-level unemployment and job creation that even the president calls inadequate, it is clear his policies haven't worked."

Obama has been stumping for the act in recent addresses, and a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign said after the May unveiling of his congressional "to-do list" that "President Obama should follow through on his own 'to-do' list" before he tells Congress how to act."

The ad will air in several battleground states - including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia - as well as on national cable, the campaign said, calling it a significant buy which will air for a while.

Earlier this year, the Obama campaign announced a $25 million buy on positive ads, and has unveiled a series of Spanish-language spots.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

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