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Pro-Romney ad may put a word in President's mouth

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American Crossroads  produced an ad that was outdated almost as soon as it ran, but that isn't the only problem.

Jobs and the economy are the big issues in the campaign, this year and that inspired an ad by a pro-Romney group called "Actually Happened".

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Its main error is it leaves the impression the president promised a 5.6 percent unemployment rate if a stimulus plan was passed.

The report the president's economic advisors produced conceded there was *considerable uncertainty* about that 5.6 percent estimate.  The ad doesn't say that, however.

And the president called the report's findings a "projection", something the ad also does not mention.

And in announcing the results of the report, the president said... "Our plan will *likely* save or create three to four million jobs."

"But this is what the jobless rate actually is... 8.1 percent.  The difference about 3.7 million jobs."

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But we think the ad is misleading because the president never said... "pass a stimulus and the unemployment rate will drop to 5.6 percent."

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