DNC goes after Romney, defends Obama swing state travel

WASHINGTON, DC (WWBT)-  We are just 36 days away before the first voters go to the polls in the race for the republican nomination.

Monday, the Democratic National Committee put one of the candidates in their sites with a hard hitting ad that aired in the Commonwealth.  Meanwhile, republicans are giving the president a hard time about his travel to swing states like Virginia.

There are several candidates vying for the republican nomination, but democrats seem only worried about one of them.

In a small, $14 thousand buy in targeted swing state markets like Virginia, democrats went after former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. A development his Virginia campaign chair Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling welcomed.

"I hope they keep running these attack ads against Governor Romney," said Bolling.  "It shows a clear contrast."

Democrats have played special attention to those swing states that could make or break 2012.

"The battleground states are the battleground states," said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

But it's not just the Obama political team. An analysis from the Wall Street Journal shows that the president has spent more time in battleground states than Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, up until the same points in their presidencies. Obama has made 56 stops in battleground states, several here in Virginia.

Woodhouse doesn't make much of the statistic.

"It is completely appropriate for him to go to the places in the country that help to outline the type of agenda his trying achieve for the American people," he said.

And as the campaign heats up and the GOP nominee comes into focus, that emphasis on states like Virginia will only increase.

You can see the DNC ad on our political blog, DecisionVirginia.com.

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