Mitt Romney's campaign has a new television ad directed at voters in Pennsylvania. The ad juxtaposes Barack Obama's record and rhetoric on the coal industry with Romney's plan.
"So, if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can," says Obama in video taken in January 2008. "It's just that it will bankrupt them."
"Obama kept that promise, and Pennsylvania coal paid the price," the ad's voiceover continues, with an on-screen graphic that says, "22 Pennsylvania Coal Units Announced They Will Close Or Convert." Watch the 30-second video below:
With this ad, the Romney campaign appears to be making a play for Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, a feat no Republican presidential candidate has accomplished since George Bush did so in 1988. In 2008, Obama won the state by 10 percentage points and more than 620,000 votes. So how well is Romney doing in the Keystone State?
According to the Real Clear Politics poll average, Obama has a 4.7-point advantage over Romney in Pennsylvania, and the race is considered a toss-up. The latest Rasmussen poll of voters there shows Obama five points ahead, with 51 percent support to Romney's 46 percent.
The Obama campaign has called the effort to break into Pennsylvania and other previously solid Democratic states like Minnesota and Michigan "desperate."
"Let’s be very clear, the Romney campaign and its allies decision to go up with advertising in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Minnesota is a decision made out of weakness, not strength," said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in an email to reporters.