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Paul Ryan’s Disputed GM Claim Pops Up in Iowa Ad

Alex Wong/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- A conservative superPAC is taking part of Paul Ryan’s convention speech that brought him under fire for inaccurately blaming President Obama for a GM plant’s closing and using his words in a new ad attacking Obama and backing up the GOP ticket.

Ryan came under scrutiny after his Republican National Convention speech implied it was Obama’s fault that a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., closed down, although it shut its doors before the president came into office.

The ad from the American Future Fund, named “Janesville,” will run in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids in the battleground state of Iowa with a $150,000 buy.

The ad starts begins with  ”His words gave us hope” written across the screen and then goes to Obama’s 2008 speech at the plant 10 months before it shut down during the Bush administration.

“I believe that if our government is there to support you and give you the assistance you need to retool and make this transition that this plant will be here for another 100 years,” then-candidate Obama said.

The ad then moves to Ryan’s convention speech in Tampa:

“Well as it turned out that plant didn’t last for another year,” Ryan said, referring to the president’s trip to the plant, but not mentioning it closed down under a different administration. “It is locked up and empty to this day and that’s how it is in so many towns where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.”

The Ryan footage continues: “We have suffered no shortage of words in the White House, what is missing is leadership in the White House.”

The Obama campaign responded that the ad is based on a premise that has been disproven, and pointed to the success of president’s plan to bail out GM and Chrysler.

“This is an attack that’s been repeatedly debunked,” Obama campaign spokesman Danny Kanner said. “Here are the facts: President Obama bet on the American worker and now GM and Chrysler are in existence, creating jobs, and posting some of their most profitable quarters in history. If Mitt Romney had had his way, we would have ‘let Detroit go bankrupt,’ and the American auto industry and the more than 1 million jobs it supports would cease to exist.”

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GOP Super PAC Video Calls Biden ‘Drunk Uncle’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The American Future Fund, a GOP super PAC, has released a new web video highlighting some of Vice President Joe Biden’s best-known gaffes along with commentary describing him as a “drunk uncle” and “not very smart.”

The web video, titled “Joe Biden and Paul Ryan: A Heartbeat Away,” attempts to draw a contrast with Rep. Paul Ryan and Biden’s ability to fill the president’s shoes.

“He’s just a heartbeat away from the presidency. Who do you trust to take the helm if needed? Someone smart, serious, intelligent and articulate?” the ad reads before showing Ryan discussing his budget plan. “Or…?”

The video then transitions to a stream of Biden’s gaffes, including his “chains” comment, asking a double amputee to stand up, and calling this century the “20th century.” It features commentary clips in which CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield likens Biden to a “drunk uncle” and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says the vice president is “not very smart.”

“It’s sort of like that drunk uncle kind of thing. He just doesn’t get it,” Banfield says.

“There’s a real fear if, God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency – whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it,” Giuliani says. “He’s just not very smart.”

This was first reported by Bloomberg News.

“This is just another reminder that no one is fighting harder to take on Governor Romney’s extreme agenda and ensure the president is re-elected this November. Frankly, he’s getting under their skin and his message is working,” a Biden campaign aide told ABC News.

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Obama Parodied by Impersonator in Outside Group Political Ad

Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- The American Future Fund, a pro-Republican nonprofit group, mocks President Obama for his handling of the economy in a new radio ad that features an Obama impersonator.

The one-minute spot spoofs a meeting between Obama and his staff as they figure out ways to create jobs and spin the president’s record.

“Alright folks now what am I going to say in my newest jobs speech? Should I talk about the jobs that I created with the stimulus?” the Obama impersonator says.

“Mr. President, your stimulus spent $800 billion dollars and unemployment went up,” replied a member of his “staff.”

“So we can assume hope and change didn’t okay what about other ideas?” the Obama impersonator replies.

AFF founder Nick Ryan said that while the ad is meant to elicit a chuckle, its message is serious.

“What is not humorous about Obama’s failed policies is that millions of Americans are standing in the unemployment line,” he said in a statement. “It’s time for real leadership and a real plan to put Americans back to work.”

The group, which raised nearly $21,000 this year and had $4,800 cash on hand at the end of July, did not immediately respond to an inquiry as to where the spot will air.

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