Canton Repository

September 3, 2004

Kerry television ad targets Ohioan's economic problems

Copley Washington correspondent

WASHINGTON Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign is again targeting Ohio in one of two new television ads it will begin running at the close of the Republican National Convention.

Economy-Ohio begins airing throughout Ohio today, the campaign said Thursday. The 30-second spot is part of a $50 million advertising buy the campaign announced earlier this week.

Another ad, focusing on jobs, health care and energy independence, will air on national cable stations starting Tuesday.

The Ohio spot criticizes President Bush's economic performance and promotes Kerry's job-creation plan. Its another reminder that Ohio is at or near the top of the list of important battleground states in the presidential election.

"In the past four years, Ohio has lost 230,000 jobs," says the ad, according to an advance copy. Contending that Bush "insists the economy is just fine," Kerry says in the ad that his "economic plan ends the tax break for shipping jobs overseas, and helps small businesses provide health care for workers."

Bush has acknowledged the recovery has been slower in states like Ohio, while crediting his tax cuts for stimulating economic growth. Bush campaign officials were unavailable to respond to the ad.

Polls show that the economy is the most important issue in Ohio.

The Bush and Kerry campaigns, as well as independent groups, have spent millions of dollars on advertising in Ohio, more than in any other state since the Democratic National Convention ended July 29, an analysis by the Wisconsin Advertising Project showed.

The latest Kerry ad is the second that specifically mentions Ohio. In early July, Kerry aired a TV spot that showed the candidate talking with voters at a town meeting in Perry Township.

Unlike the earlier spot, which aired in more than a dozen battleground states, the latest ad is only running in Ohio.