President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is turning its focus to Congress, blaming lawmakers in a new television ad for not acting on his jobs proposals. The approach comes in the aftermath of lackluster employment reports and expands the campaign's ad focus beyond targeting Republican rival Mitt Romney.
The ad does not mention congressional Republicans, but its target is unmistakable. Republicans have proposed their own measures aimed at creating jobs and have blocked several Obama proposals to promote hiring of teachers and police officers and to increase infrastructure projects. Obama has proposed paying for those measures with tax increases on wealthier taxpayers, an idea Republicans reject.
The ad is airing in the key presidential election states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.