Obama Super PAC Will Target Romney In New Hampshire

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

(CNN)- Mitt Romney's return to New Hampshire isn't going unnoticed by the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, which will air a television spot in the state slamming the Republican presidential candidate for his tenure as a venture capitalist.

Priorities USA Action will air the spot Friday as Romney returns to New Hampshire to kick off his six-state, five-day bus tour. Romney's first stop will be at the farm in Stratham where he officially declared his presidential bid last June.

The Priorities USA Action spot highlights the New Hampshire-based company Holson Burnes, which was acquired by Romney's firm Bain Capital and later shut down.

"When Mitt Romney visits New Hampshire, remember his record," text in the ad declares.

News reports then flash on-screen about the shuttering of the Holson Burnes plant in Claremont, New Hampshire, in 1992.

"If Mitt Romney win$, the middle class loses," the ad concludes.

In a statement, Priorities USA Action senior strategist Bill Burton wrote Romney's record left New Hampshire workers struggling.

"In business, Mitt Romney profited from bankruptcies and layoffs while families in New Hampshire and across the country lost everything," Burton wrote. "Romney made millions even when he drove companies into the ground, workers lost their jobs, and promised retirement benefits were eliminated."

Democrats began targeting Romney's record at Bain beginning in May, after the former Massachusetts governor became the presumptive Republican nominee for president. Obama's campaign, along with his aligned super PAC, sought to portray Romney as a corporate raider interested only in securing profits for himself and his company.

Romney's campaign say the attacks ignore Bain's successes, including creating jobs at well-known companies like Sports Authority and Staples. They also say the attacks reflect an anti-business attitude from the White House.

Some of Obama's higher-profile surrogates also appeared skeptical of the Bain attacks, including Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker and former president Bill Clinton. Both pointed to the successes in Romney's record, saying he was a good businessman.


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