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DNC to Air Anti-Romney Ad in PA

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

The Democratic National Committee isn’t waiting for the outcome of the murky Republican presidential primary – the organization is taking direct aim at front runner Mitt Romney in a television ad that begins airing today.

Titled “Mitt v. Mitt,” the movie trailer-style highlights video clips of Romney making seemingly contradictory statements.

The 30 second television spot directs viewers to a simple petition website, where they can view a four-minute version online. Both ads place special emphasis on Romney’s shifting stance on abortion rights, as well as claims that Massachusetts’ health care system was the inspiration for the health care law, aka ‘Obamacare.’

Either version could just as easily have come from one of Romney’s Republican primary opponents.

“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose,” Romney says in a video clip from his successful 2003 bid for Massachusetts Governor. From a more recent television interview: “The right next step… is to see Roe Vs. Wade overturned.” (Romney has said that his earlier, pro-choice position was a mistake).

Per DNC policy, a spokesperson declined to comment on the size and distribution of the ad – saying only that viewers in the Pittsburgh region were sure to see it. The spot will also air in additional states that have not yet been specified.

Update: Via the Post-Gazette, the ad will air in the Pittsburgh market. They also have this response from Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul:

“President Obama will say and do anything to hold on to power. Despite what he said he would do for the middle class, President Obama has failed to create a single net new job and has wreaked more havoc on the middle class than any president in modern history. President Obama himself concedes he hasn’t delivered on his campaign promises – however, he is still asking Americans to reward his failures with a second term. It is clear that this election is going to be about Candidate Obama running against President Obama.”

The video – along with the President’s frequent visits to Pa – is further evidence that Pennsylvania has emerged as a major 2012 battleground. It also demonstrates that Democrats are taking Romney seriously, especially in light of recent poll numbers.

A Public Policy Polling survey from Tuesday showing President Obama in a dead heat with Romney, 45 to 45, in the Keystone state. The pollster said he believed Romney would have taken Pa. if the election were held last week. Recent polling has consistently shown Romney as the most competitive Republican candidate in the state.

The DNC has also aired anti-Romney ads in Arizona.

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