Trying to change the subject from talking about Romney’s business record or whether he should release more years of tax returns, the campaign this morning released a new ad this morning asking where all the stimulus money went and charges cronyism. The campaign didn’t say where the ad will be running. The script: “Where Did All The Obama Stimulus Money Go? “Friends, Donors, Campaign Supporters, Special Interest Groups. Where did the Obama stimulus money go? Solyndra. 500 million taxpayer dollars. Bankrupt. So where did the Obama stimulus money go? Windmills from China. Electric cars from Finland. Democrat Senator Charles Schumer: ‘79 percent of the 2.1 Billion in stimulus grants awarded through it went to overseas companies.’”
FactCheck.org wrote in 2010: “[T]he nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report in August that said the stimulus bill has ‘[l]owered the unemployment rate by between 0.7 percentage points and 1.8 percentage points" and "[i]ncreased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million.’ Simply put, more people would be unemployed if not for the stimulus bill. The exact number of jobs created and saved is difficult to estimate, but nonpartisan economists say there’s no doubt that the number is positive.”
It also sent out an email highlighting all the stories written yesterday about Romney hitting Obama as being anti-business.
AP: “The Republican presidential candidate is trying to move past questions about his own business career and personal finances.”
NBCNews.com’s Tom Curry: “Although the presidential campaign rhetoric in recent days has been dominated by “sending jobs overseas,” more than 5 million Americans do live and work overseas and some of them vote and contribute to candidates. Highlighting their importance, Mitt Romney will be appearing at fundraising events when he visits London and Jerusalem at the end of July.”
The Romney campaign is also out with an ad featuring Romney son Craig speaking Spanish. He says, notes that the U.S. is a immigrants and that his grandfather, George, was born in Mexico.