Mitt Romney has rolled out the first TV ad of his 2012 campaign—and he has John McCain to thank for its most effective line. The ad begins with images of President Obama on the stump in 2008, saying: "I am confident that we can steer ourselves out of this crisis," and "If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose." The latter line, the Obama campaign was quick to point out, was first said by McCain and later mocked by Obama.
An Obama campaign spokesman called the Romney ad, which will start airing in New Hampshire today, "a deceitful and dishonest attack," the Huffington Post reports. Romney's campaign director says he is merely using Obama's own tactics against him. "Three years ago, candidate Barack Obama mocked his opponent's campaign for saying, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose,'" she said. "Now, President Obama's campaign is desperate not to talk about the economy."