July 16 - President Obama rallies supporters in the rainy battleground state of Virginia as his campaign publishes new ads attacking Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama, soaked to the skin as he rallied supporters during a downpour in the election battleground state of Virginia on Saturday (July 14), kept up his attack on Republican Mitt Romney as the rhetoric hardened on both sides. Standing before about 900 people at the Walkerton Tavern & Garden who stood cheering and chanting despite the drenching rain, Obama attacked Romney's record as head of a private equity firm and contrasted his middle class childhood with Romney's wealth. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING (English): "Which is why I've said let's stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shifting jobs overseas, let's give tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in the United States of America, and investing in American workers so we can make American products stamped with those three proud words 'Made in America'. That's how we build an economy that lasts. That's why I'm running for a second term as president. Now, Mr Romney's got a different idea. Now, he invested in companies that have been called pioneers in outsourcing. I don't want a pioneer in outsourcing. I want some insourcing. I want to bring companies back." With polls showing a close race for the Nov. 6 election, Obama has constantly painted Romney as a multi-millionare private equity specialist who is out of touch with ordinary voters. The Obama campaign also released two new ads. One played clips of Romney demanding the president apologize followed by clips of the Republican candidate attacking Obama. In the other, Romney sings "America the Beautiful" while images of Bermuda and the Cayman Isles draw attention to the Republican's offshore bank accounts while referencing the outsourcing of U.S. jobs. Tensions between the campaigns have escalated sharply over Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, which the Democratic president has used it to put his opponent on the defensive and switch the conversation from Obama's stewardship of the weak economy.