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(Update: Ad Pulled) See Romney's Response Attack Ad Set to the Tune of Obama Singing 'Let's Stay Together

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"The Obama record is one of political payoffs and middle class layoffs."

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YouTube has pulled the ad. See why in our new story here.

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The Obama campaign released on Saturday another ad attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his business record at Bain Capital.

However, unlike previous attack ads, this one goes one step further and takes a dig at the former Massachusetts governor for his off-key singing of “America the Beautiful”:

But seeing as how this isn't the 2008 McCain campaign, Romney's people have already punched back with an ad of their own, blasting the president for worrying more about his crony buddies than the American people.

The video is appropriately set to the audio of President Obama singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”:

“Middle class families are struggling in the Obama economy. Instead of working to restore their economic security, President Obama is too busy rewarding his biggest donors,” the video’s YouTube page reads.

“The Obama record is one of political payoffs and middle class layoffs,” it adds.

As mentioned in the above, the Romney campaign isn’t taking the “America the Beautiful” ad lightly.

The president was “mocking” the patriotic song, said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

But more than just a tit-for-tat counterattack to Team Obama's "highbrow" “America the Beautiful” ad, the Romney campaign's new "Obama Crony" ad is part of a larger strategy to take on the president's handling of the economy.

“There is no question but that when billions upon billions of dollars are given by the Obama Administration to the businesses of campaign contributors, that is a real problem particularly at a time when the middle class is really suffering in this country,” Romney told Fox News on Monday morning.

“I think it stinks to high heaven,” he added.

Romney adviser Ed Gillepsie told reporters in a conference call that the president was practicing “Chicago-style politics and Chicago-style economics,” according to the Washington Post.

“[Gillepsie] said that reporting on Obama’s donors had been ‘kind of scattershot’ and the campaign goal was to ‘lay them all out and say this is a pattern,’” the report adds.

“Close to $4 billion in stimulus dollars did go to firms with connections to Obama staffers and advisers. Some were run by top Obama donors. The department says those connections played no role in funding decisions.”

And if you believe that, we have some land we'd like to sell you.

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