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Obama Campaign Takes Whack at Tea Party—Again

9:06 AM, May 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Barack Obama's reelection campaign released another campaign ad this morning, a 60-second spot that will run in battleground states Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. "While the campaign has done a number of response spots, this is the first proactive, paid spot in battleground states," Politico says. But the Obama campaign also takes a little time to take a whack at the Tea Party.

The ad begins with the "economic meltdown" of 2008, with "America's economy spiraling down." That all happened, we're, told prior to 2009, "before this president took the oath," Then, the Obama campaign takes aim at the Tea Party. 

"Some said our best days were behind us," the ad's narrator says, as pictures of the Tea Party are displayed on screen: 

"But not him," the narrator says of the Tea Party. "He believed in us, fought for us. And today our auto industry is back, firing on all cylinders. Our greatest enemy brought to justice by our greatest heroes. Our troops are home from Iraq. Instead of losing jobs, we're creating them - over 4.2 million so far. We're not there yet. It's still too hard for too many, but we're coming back because America's greatness comes from a middle class. Because you don't quit, and neither does he."

The ad would have you believe that Tea Party participants bet against America in 2009, instead of the opposite. In this narrative, the Tea Party was against America, while President Obama saved America—though, not completely, since "We're not there yet."

It is the exact same critique the Obama campaign trotted out last week. And one expects this line of attack many times over before November's presidential election.

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