President Obama has released a new two-minute ad that will serve as a closing argument of sorts as early voters begin to go to the polls in several states.
"During the last weeks of this campaign there will be debates, speeches and more ads. But if I could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table here's what I'd say," Obama says, before outlining what he believes are the differences between himself and his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney.
"It's time for a new economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving, middle class. Read my plan. Compare it to Gov. Romney's and decide for yourself," Obama concludes. "Thanks for listening." (Watch the ad here.)
The Associated Press reports the two-minute spot will air "in New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado. Campaign aides said voters in those states would see it frequently."
But, as NBC's Chuck Todd notes, the ad will not be airing in the battleground state of North Carolina. (It also won't be airing in Wisconsin.)
Some Republicans see this as a clear sign Obama is giving up on North Carolina.
"Interesting development considering the campaign has been pledging for months they are committed to the Tar Heel State," says a Republican strategist. "Political realities appear to be exerting themselves in North Carolina weeks after the Democratic convention."
It would be a big concession for the Obama campaign to believe it has no chance in North Carolina--and therefore to believe it's no longer worth spending money on TV ads there. After all, earlier this month, the Democratic convention was held in Charlotte, in part as a way to woo North Carolina voters.