Romney campaign not dead yet in New Mexico

Posted at: 10/31/2012 6:26 PM
Updated at: 10/31/2012 7:03 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News

There are signs of life in Mitt Romney's campaign here in New Mexico, thanks to two new TV ads airing on his behalf.

Most election watchers declared his campaign here all but dead months ago, with Romney trailing Obama in all of the polling and transferring top staffers to other states. But now the campaign appears to be alive and at least twitching, if not kicking.

The ads are from the conservative Super PAC Restore Our Future. One of the ads rips Obama's handling of the economy.

"Welcome to the new normal, where over eight percent unemployment is doing fine and millions of Americans have simply given up," the narrator says in the ad, which features images of despairing workers intercut with President Obama speaking.

A second ad features Romney's former business partner telling how Romney helped him search for his missing teenage daughter in New York City.

'"He set up a command center and searched through the night," the man says. "The man who helped save my daughter was Mitt Romney."

The two ads are airing only in New Mexico and Minnesota right now. Both states were painted solid Democrat blue for months in this campaign.

The message? With Romney and Obama running neck-and-neck nationally, blue states may not be so blue after all and might turn red. Why not go for it, with the election only six days away?