Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus said this morning that the party's ad campaign in North Carolina underscores that the Tar Heel state will be a key presidential battleground in 2012.
“North Carolina is a top battle ground state in 2012 and a state that we expect we fully to carry and turn red as it should be all along,” Priebus said in a teleconference.
The RNC began running an ad in North Carolina and other contested states that criticizes President Barack Obama's economic record, and illustrates it with a car careening out of control before finally crashing into the ocean.
“We have an economy that is completely in the ditch under President Obama,” Priebus said. “We have out of control debt that is becoming an avalanche on our kids and grandkids...We have a president who has done nothing to curb unemployment in this country.”
Priebus declined to describe the size of the buy either nationally or in the state, but said it was being bought on cable and on the internet and would run a month.
He was joined in the teleconference by state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes, who criticized the record of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, who also faces re-election next year.
“Gov. Perdue calls herself the jobs governor but its' clear that the jobs governor's plan is not working,” Hayes said. “Unemployment in North Carolina has remained at 9.7 percent for three straight months. Under Gov. Perdue, North Carolina has lost over 126,000 jobs. Today over 50 percent of North Carolina's counties have an unemployment rate of over 10 percent.