2:40 pm ET
We will see this pattern again, partly a product of Chicago’s 3-year-plus head start over Boston on research and video planning.
Romney plays the China card in a new TV commercial (which the Obama campaign has long expected) and the re-elect hits back with this spot.
MITT ROMNEY: “It’s time to stand up to the cheaters and make sure we protect jobs for the American people.”
VOICEOVER: “Mitt Romney? Tough on China? Romney’s companies were called pioneers in shipping U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas. He invested in firms that specialized in relocating jobs to low wadge countries like China. Even today part of Romney’s fortune is invested in China. Romney’s never stood up to China. All he’s done is send them our jobs.”
BARACK OBAMA: “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.”
Tough, aggressive, and no truth-squadding will force it off the air.