The candidate: Mitt Romney
The ad: "The Romney Plan" (watch it below) features clips of ordinary Americans and booming industry interspersed with footage of Romney speaking directly to the camera as he promotes his plan to "help the middle class" by cracking down on "cheaters like China" to "open up markets" and make trade "work for America." The next step would be to balance the budget, Romney says, by reducing the amount of spending versus "what we take in." The last thing the Republican candidate suggests is to "champion small business" by having "tax policies, regulations, and health care policies that help small businesses." The implementation of these policies, Romney argues, would add 12 million new jobs in four years.
The ad buy: The Romney campaign has not specified the amount of the ad buy.
The strategy: The Republican presidential nominee, "catching flak from conservatives for giving too little detail about his policy plans," is trying to shift the focus of his campaign and open up more to voters, say Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei at Politico. Well, says Michael D. Shear at The New York Times, facing "slumping poll numbers, criticism from Republican party officials, and discord inside the campaign's headquarters in Boston," Romney simply must start making a "positive case for [his] presidency," considering that for much of the campaign, "the Republican candidate has focused more on attacking Mr. Obama's record in office." Clearly, say Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny at The New York Times, "the new plan to re-emphasize policy proposals... is a tacit admission by his campaign that he has yet to flesh out the 'hire Romney' part of his 'fire Obama/hire Romney' argument."
The reaction: Give me a break, says Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator. "The Romney Plan" is "nothing but gaudy political promises, eminently predictable, without substance." Sure, the ad is "short on specifics," says Siobhan Hughes at The Wall Street Journal, but "it does help Mr. Romney in one key mission: Moving beyond last week's comments on the Middle East." Take a look: