The pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA Action released a second video Tuesday featuring a laid-off worker from yet another factory closed by Bain Capital. The ad will air in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
In this latest 32 second ad, retired factory worker Loris Huffman, appearing visibly upset, says, “I worked at the plant going on 34 years. I thought that I was going to retire from there. I had about two and a half years to go. I was suddenly 60 years old. I had no healthcare. And that’s scary. When Mitt Romney did that… he made me sick.”
Just as last week’s Priorities ad followed a nearly identical Obama campaign spot, this one follows an Obama campaign commercial about Ampad.
The ad is a continuation of a $4 million ad buy that produced a very similar video released March 15 called “Heads or Tails.” Each ad features a former factory worker who was economically disenfranchised by the actions of Bain Capital. Both ads also end with text that hammers home the Super PAC’s bottom-line message: “If Mitt Romney wins, the middle class loses.”
The Priorities USA Action ad was released only hours after the GOP Super PAC, Crossroads, released a video called “Basketball,” which denounces Barack Obama for his failure to create jobs, cut taxes and reduce government debt.
Obama supporters point out that while the GOP Super PAC ad features actors describing fictional problems, the ads released by Priorities USA Action feature real people whose livelihoods were destroyed by Mitt Romney and his business partners.
“President Obama’s allies are rolling out another misleading attack on free enterprise in an attempt to distract voters from three years of broken promises,” said Romney spokeswoman Sarah Pompei. “These attacks come even after they were criticized by the President’s supporters – Newark Mayor Cory Booker called them ‘nauseating,’ former adviser Steven Rattner called them ‘unfair,’ and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell called them ‘very disappointing.’”
Hopefully Priorities USA will continue to produce ads like this.
When Bain aquired Ampad from Mead in 1992 net sales went from 8.8 Million to 200 million in 1996 when the company went public and was traded on the NYSE.
They company made money. Bain made money. That is what businesses do.
It went bankrupt in1999.