WASHINGTON (WWJ/AP) – As President Barack Obama celebrates surpassing his campaign goal of $60 million by raising a whopping $86 million, the Republican National Committee is fighting back with a new series of ads.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says the ads, with a theme of “Change Direction,” will target four key states, including Michigan.

“Obama has to pay very close attention to the four states that we’re targeting that have, traditionally in these presidential elections as of late, tended Democrat  — which are Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and my home state of Wisconsin.

Priebus says these four states represent fifty electoral votes and are very crucial to winning the White House.

The RNC said Wednesday the minute-long “Change Direction” spot will be seen on cable and broadcast outlets. The party began airing a similarly themed ad last week as well

 The RNC says it wants voters to be aware of what it calls Obama’s “abysmal economic record.”

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse says that while the president “continues to fight to clean up a mess that was years in the making,” Republicans “are playing politics with our economy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  1. toto says:

    In 2012, The National Popular Vote bill could guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    All the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC. The bill would take effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538).

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for president. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    A survey of 800 Michigan voters conducted on December 2-3, 2008 showed 73% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
    Support was 73% among independents, 78% among Democrats, and 68% among Republicans.
    By age, support was 77% among 18-29 year olds, 67% among 30-45 year olds, 74% among 46-65 year olds, and 75% for those older than 65.
    By gender, support was 86% among women and 59% among men.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in AR, CT, DE, DC, ME, MI, NV, NM, NY, NC, and OR, and both houses in CA, CO, HI, IL, NJ, MD, MA ,RI, VT, and WA . The bill has been enacted by DC, HI, IL, NJ, MD, MA, VT, and WA. These 8 jurisdictions possess 77 electoral votes– 29% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


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