LANSING, Mich. (AP) - In a sign that the 2012 election season is under way in Michigan, the Republican National Committee is running ads criticizing Democratic President Barack Obama's record on job creation.
The 30-second ad began running on cable stations nationwide Wednesday. Starting next week, it will air for three more weeks in Michigan and a dozen other battleground states that could prove crucial to winning the White House next year.
The ad's announcer lists the nation's economic ills and says it's time to "change direction."
Michigan Democrats have taken a similar tack in criticizing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, the target of a recall drive.
They've released a web video chastising the governor for reducing film credits and forcing layoffs through cuts to school districts and local governments.
Snyder calls the cutbacks necessary.