The Obama ad accuses the group of being funded by â€œsecretive billionairesâ€ and defends the presidentâ€™s record on clean energy, saying he has helped reduce the countryâ€™s dependence on foreign oil.
With the spot — which begins airing Thursday on national cable and on broadcast television in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin â€“ Obama is effectively kicking off the general election beforeÂ RepublicansÂ have settled on a nominee.
The early start reflects the expectation amongÂ DemocratsÂ that the former Massachusetts Gov.Â Mitt RomneyÂ will ultimately emerge as the GOP challenger, as well as the need to bolster the presidentâ€™s standing after weathering a barrage of attacks throughout the primary process.
â€œBarack Obamaâ€™s unprecedented move indicates that he and his campaign team in Chicago are worried that voters have lost faith in his ability to lead,â€ said Republican National Committee spokesman Ryan Tronovitch.
It is unusual for an incumbent to begin airing commercials so early in the process. In 2004,President George W. Bushâ€™s campaign started running television ads in March.