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Obama Spending More Than Romney On TV Advertising, New Ad Stars Medicaid

Meanwhile, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, who is also seeking reelection to his congressional seat, unveils a new health care ad in his district.   

The New York Times: Obama Outspending Romney On TV Ads
In Florida, the disparity was greater. The number of pro-Obama ads outnumbered pro-Romney ads by almost 50 percent — some 13,000 of them accusing Mr. Romney of outsourcing jobs to China, trying to gut Medicare and hiding his tax returns from the public. The story was the same in most of most of the other battlegrounds. In Ohio and in Iowa, in Norfolk, Va., and on the Boston stations that feed New Hampshire, Mr. Obama out-advertised his rival after the parties' nominating conventions, according to data compiled by the political advertising monitoring firm Kantar Media/CMAG (Rutenberg and Peters, 10/2).

Kaiser Health News: Medicaid Stars In New Obama Campaign Ad
At last, Medicaid is getting some respect. Medicaid, not Medicare, is the subject a new television campaign advertisement for President Barack Obama.The 30-second ad is being broadcast in five election battleground states — Colorado, Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and Ohio. It accuses GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of supporting the plan passed by the GOP-led House of Representatives that cuts $800 billion from Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled, over the next 10 years (Galewitz, 10/3).

CNN: New Ryan Reelection Ad On Health Care
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is out with a new ad Tuesday – one supporting his bid for reelection to the House of Representatives. The seven-term Wisconsin congressman's new spot, "Patient Centered Solutions," shows him fielding a question from a Wisconsin woman about his plans to reform the health care system. "We should get insurance and government bureaucrats out of the way and force health care providers to compete for our business," Ryan says in response to the question. "That way we can cut costs, improve quality, and make health care accessible for everyone" (Bohn and Wallace, 10/2).

The Hill: Paul Ryan Runs Health Care Ad For Wis. Congressional Race
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is launching a TV spot on healthcare issues for his U.S. House bid. Rep. Ryan is running for an eighth House term in Wisconsin and the vice presidency at the same time, as permitted by Wisconsin law. On Tuesday, his congressional campaign released a new ad, "Patient Centered Solutions," in which Ryan lays out principles for reforming U.S. healthcare (Viebeck, 10/2).

Also, in campaign ad news -

The Hill: Anti-Abortion Group Launches Super-PAC Against Obama
The Susan B. Anthony List has launched a new super-PAC to oppose President Obama and give the abortion debate a higher profile in the presidential election. The new Women Speak Out PAC aims to "amplify the voices of women opposed to President Obama and his extreme abortion record," the SBA List announced Tuesday. "The most pro-abortion president our nation has ever seen resides in the White House and is seeking a second term," said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in a statement (Viebeck, 10/2).

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