8:41 am Aug. 23, 2012
President Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad this morning featuring former president Bill Clinton bolstering Obama's economic plan.
"This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment," Clinton says at the beginning, before criticizing Republican plans and endorsing Obama's focus on the middle class.
"That’s what happened when I was president," he says. "We need to keep going with his plan."
Clinton has evolved into one of Obama's top surrogates this campaign cycle, appearing with Obama at rallies and fund-raisers. He even appeared at a private event for top donors, in an effort to jump-start donations to the pro-Obama super PAC.
The new ad will run in eight swing states, and seems to acknowledge the overwhelming importance of the economy to voters, even as campaigns currently focus on Medicare and abortion, in the wake of the Paul Ryan pick and the comments from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.
In a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS Poll released on Thursday morning, voters in Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin still ranked the economy as the most important issue in the election. And they gave Mitt Romney a slight edge when asked who they trust more to manage the economy. (The poll had Obama and Romney tied at 47 percent on that question in Ohio, but Romney did 3 points better in Florida and 6 points better in Wisconsin.)
The campaign didn't list Wisconsin among the markets where the ad would run. The list included: New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada.