The Obama campaign on Saturday rolled out a new ad hitting Mitt Romney for his stance on abortion, a spot the Romney campaign immediately denounced as “viciously negative and false.”
The ad, “Troubled,” states the presumptive Republican presidential nominee supports overturning Roe v. Wade and backed a law overturning abortion “even in cases of rape and incest.”
In a National Review op-ed last year titled “My Pro-Life Pledge,” Romney wrote he is “pro-life and believe[s] that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.”
“It’s no coincidence that a day after a disastrous jobs report, the Obama campaign drops viciously negative and false ads against Gov. Romney desperate to change the subject,” spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg told Fox News on Saturday. “The economy has gone negative on President Obama, so he has decided to go negative on Mitt Romney.”
The same 30 second spot also features video of Romney apparently vowing to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides “life-saving cancer screenings and family-planning services,” the ad intones.
According to Fox, Romney had been describing how he would cut federal funding for, but not eliminate, Amtrak and the National Endowment for the Arts to reduce the federal debt. Democrats pounced on a similar remark in March when Romney said he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, but had said it also in the context of cutting federal funding.
According to the Washington Times, the ad is set to air in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada and Virginia.
Watch the ad below: