Tennessee GOP airs ad baiting Obama

photo The Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.


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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Republicans have a greeting for Democratic President Barack Obama's visit to Chattanooga on Tuesday - an ad touting what they say are the state's strides under GOP leadership.

"Welcome to Chattanooga, Mr. President - welcome to America," says the ad, which the state Republican Party says it plans to run on local television stations starting today. "We're succeeding in Tennessee, not because of your liberal policies but in spite of them."

Over images of Tennessee, including an aerial shot of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, a narrator says the state was fourth in job creation nationwide, in the top five for business and the third "freest," "thanks to Republican leadership."