How the presidential ads add up
Where candidates’ competing depictions of the economy get it right—and where they play loose
The state of the economy, and the economic records and policies of the candidates are frequent topics of political advertising flooding the airwaves and Internet. President Obama depicts an economy that is much improved and getting better. Romney portrays the economy as beset by weak job growth, high unemployment, and shrinking household incomes. As with most political advertising, Obama’s and Romney’s may include hyperbole, selectively chosen facts, and truth-stretching while lacking context. The Globe analyzes the issues and the claims in recent ads from both campaigns.