From an August 9th memo from Romney’s campaign to reporters:
Today, Romney for President and the Republican National Committee released a new coordinated television advertisement, “Be Not Afraid.” President Obama has declared war on religion by forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney will stand up and protect religious freedom whenever it is threatened. [Via Mediaite.]
View the ad at the Romney site. You know the drill.
Politico’s “Romney’s new ad: Not just ‘Obama isn’t working’ anymore” notes:
The spot features footage of Romney’s speech last month in Warsaw, where he recalled that in 1979, “a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire….Be not afraid.” The video describes Romney as “endorsed by Lech Walesa.” So we’re talking about a heavy appeal to Catholic voters here.
The content of the commercial is interesting for its own sake, but also because it makes this the third ad in a row that moves away from Romney’s rigidly narrow message on the economy. The campaign released an ad last week aimed at reaching Jewish voters and the past few days have been defined by a message on welfare reform.
Jobs and the economy are still the centerpiece of Romney’s message and always will be, but he’s changing things up a bit, at least in the ads he’s putting out. …
Which states do you expect that the campaign will run this ad, particularly since the ad targets Catholics?