The ad questions whether presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney would have ordered the Special Forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden, in advance of the raid's anniversary Tuesday.
President Obama and his aides are doing as much political damage control as possible as summer winds down toward the inevitable return to Washington of his congressional opponents eager to challenge him on a faltering economy.
Conservative advocacy and polling group Resurgent Republic's Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee Chairman, and Ed Goeas, a veteran GOP pollster, argue independents like President Obama but don't believe he's made the economy better.
Americans will base their votes not on the unemployment rate, but on their own economic situation, says top political adviser David Plouffe. The GOP jumps all over the comment.