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On Wednesday, word came that Obama For America would be purchasing slots for two minute TV ads to run September 28th through October 4th. Here is the ad, an economic message where Obama lays out what he would tell us if he could sit down at our kitchen tables.


Obama readied a new ad in seven battleground states, a lengthy spot designed to cut through the clutter and outline a second-term agenda to create manufacturing jobs, promote U.S.-made energy resources, train workers and reduce the deficit. He uses the ad to remind voters that the nation was losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month when he took office and was "mired" in Iraq but now the nation, he says, is "moving forward again." He charges that Romney's plan would double-down "on the same trickle-down policies" that led to the economic crisis.

"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 says in the ad, which directs viewers to a campaign website. The ad was appearing in New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado. Campaign aides said voters in those states would see it frequently.

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:

When I took office we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in Iraq. Today I believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. But we have much more to do to get folks back to work and make the middle class secure again.

Now, Governor Romney believes that with that even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer regulations on Wall Street all of us will prosper. In other words he'd double down on the same trickle down policies that led to the crisis in the first place. So what's my plan?

First, we create a million new manufacturing jobs and help businesses double their exports. Give tax breaks to companies that invest in America, not that ship jobs overseas.

Second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more American-made energy, oil, clean-coal, natural gas, and new resources like wind, solar and bio-fuels—all while doubling the fuel efficiencies of cars and trucks.

Third, we insure that we maintain the best workforce in the world by preparing 100,000 additional math and science teachers. Training 2 million Americans with the job skills they need at our community colleges. Cutting the growth of tuition in half and expanding student aid so more Americans can afford it.

Fourth, a balanced plan to reduce our deficit by four trillion dollars over the next decade on top of the trillion in spending we've already cut, I'd ask the wealthy to pay a little more. And as we end the war in Afghanistan let's apply half the savings to pay down our debt and use the rest for some nation building right here at home.

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 Governor Romney's and decide for yourself. Thanks for listening.

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