Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Romney, Obama visit Va; Obama puts up new anti-Romney TV ad
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has added another Virginia stop to his campaign schedule.
Romney will campaign in Chantilly on Wednesday and in Portsmouth on Thursday with Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell endorsed Romney several months ago and is rumored to be one of several potential vice-presidential candidates.
The Chantilly stop is at a company called Exhibit Edge, which creates exhibits for trade shows and other events. In Portsmouth, Romney will visit Crofton Industries, a company that does commercial diving services, heavy marine construction and design, crane rentals and other services.
The Romney visit comes just days before President Barack Obama has scheduled a campaign rally in Richmond. The Saturday afternoon rally, to be held at VCU, was described by aides as a ramping-up of general election campaign activities.
Obama’s campaign also released a new television ad today, one that hits directly at Romney.
The ad defends Obama against Americans for Prosperity Ads that criticize Obama’s position on oil. The ad calls the AFP ads “erroneous” and “big oil’s new attack ad,” before shifting to Romney. It accuses Romney of sending jobs overseas when he was a corporate CEO and as governor of Massachusetts, and of helping to promote tax breaks for companies that do the same.
The ad ends with this final jab at Romney: “It’s just what you expect from a guy who had a Swiss Bank Account.”
The “Swiss Bank Account” ad will air in Virginia, Ohio and Iowa. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5e0QoUdPJM
The Romney campaign responded with a statement saying Obama is “trying to distract Americans from the real issues with a series of sideshows. Unable to defend his failed record of 23 million Americans struggling for work, wasteful boondoggles like Solyndra, skyrocketing national debt, and unacceptably high energy prices, President Obama has once again resorted to attacking Mitt Romney. The American people have suffered enough over the last three years and deserve better.”