Barack Obama says in a new two-minute campaign ad that it won't be easy to fix what's ailing the nation's economy. Obama recites his now-familiar proposals for tax cuts for middle-class Americans, tougher regulation of the financial industry and an initiative to end America's dependence on Mideast oil within 10 years. He says Americans don't have to read newspapers or watch television reports to know that the economy is struggling.
In his words: This isn't just a string of bad luck. The truth is that while you've been living up to your responsibilities, Washington has not.''
The ad was filmed in Denver, one day after the stock market plunged more than 500 points.