Mitt Romney has turned to a surprising ally in his latest ads against President Barack Obama: Hillary Clinton.
The 30-second spot, entitled "Shame on You," shows archival footage of Clinton from the 2008 Democratic primaries, in which she accuses Obama of spending "millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods.”
"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton says in the footage. She is now Obama's secretary of state.
Romney appears to be using the promotional video to establish a pattern of behavior. It also uses a recent Washington Post fact check that calls an Obama campaign ad accusing Romney of outsourcing jobs during his time with Bain Capital "misleading, unfair, and untrue."
The Romney campaign is using the ad “to undermine the edge the president has in likability…it also suggests Mr. Obama's campaign is ruthless and that the candidate will say anything to get elected,” according to The New York Times.
The ad is airing in the battleground states of Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.
The Obama campaign has spoken out against the ad campaign.
“Mitt Romney might not like the facts of his private-sector record: that he was a ‘pioneer' of outsourcing and reaped massive profits while bankrupting companies and laying off workers, but that is exactly what he did as a corporate buyout specialist. And that's not just Romney's record, it's what he's proposing today," Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said.