His campaign continues to run a controversial ad in Ohio suggesting that Chrysler, one of the auto companies boosted by a federal bailout, was planning to move production of its Jeep line to China. The claim drew a rebuke from company CEO Sergio Marchionne, who insisted Chrysler has no plans to shift U.S.-based Jeep production overseas.
The Romney team's new ad buy in Pennsylvania, a state that had been considered safe for Obama, followed that of several independent groups supporting Romney's candidacy.
Restore Our Future announced it would advertise in Pennsylvania as part of a $20 million, multistate push in the final week. Another pro-Romney group, Americans for Job Security, was spending about $1.2 million on ads in Philadelphia, while American Crossroads, a super PAC tied to President George W. Bush's longtime political counselor Karl Rove, announced Tuesday it would spend $1.2 million on ads in the rest of the state.
American Crossroads and a companion group, Crossroads GPS, planned to spend more than $17.7 million on pro-Romney ads in the top battlegrounds.
Obama, for his part, was getting an assist from Priorities USA Action, a super PAC formed by two former White House aides. The group was spending $9.5 million on commercials in the final week, including $2.7 million in Ohio.
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