Indie Group Run By Former Obama White House Staffers Runs Ad Attacking Romney

Priorities USA Action -- the independent group run by former Obama White House staffers including former deputy press secretary Bill Burton -- today launched the first advertisement of the 2012 presidential campaign, focusing on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s visit to South Carolina this weekend.

The ad?, which the group says will run in South Carolina, goes after Romney, saying: "Newt Gingrich says the Republican plan that would essentially end Medicare is too 'radical.' (South Carolina) Governor Haley thinks the plan is courageous, and Gingrich shouldn't be cutting conservatives off at the knees. Mitt Romney says he's 'on the same page' as Paul Ryan, who wrote the plan to essentially end Medicare. But with Mitt Romney, you have to wonder...which page is he on today?"

Andrea Saul, spokesperson for the Romney for President Exploratory Committee, said in a statement: "President Obama’s first campaign ad is an attack ad. President Obama and his team are desperate to change the subject to anything other than jobs and the millions of Americans out of work. With 9.6% unemployment in South Carolina, voters are looking for a jobs plan not a smear campaign."

-Jake Tapper

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