September 6th, 2011
08:59 AM ET
Labor Day marks the unofficial beginning of the 2012 campaign season and the Republican National Committee is wasting no time going after President Obama as he prepares to unveil a new jobs push later this week.
In a radio ad set to air in key campaign states that went Obama’s way in 2008 but now appear to be tossups, the RNC is seeking to frame the debate ahead of the president’s prime-time address Thursday.
“After a 10-day luxury vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the president says he’ll finally get serious about jobs,” the ad states. "But we’ve heard this before: after his 825 billion dollar stimulus debacle and after his 2.5 trillion dollar government-run health care plan.”
Speaking at a union rally Monday, Obama previewed some of the themes he will hit when he speaks to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.
"We’ve got roads and bridges across this country that need rebuilding,” Obama told the friendly union crowd that numbered well into the thousands. “We’ve got private companies with the equipment and the manpower to do the building. We’ve got more than 1 million unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now. There is work to be done and there are workers ready to do it.”
The ad will run in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Michigan.
Full script of the RNC ad: