CNN — The Romney-Ryan campaign wants the last laugh with its new ad released Sunday that features Vice President Joe Biden laughing while his Republican challenger describes the country's economic challenges.
The contrasting footage - the vice president's laughter and his Republican challenger's serious tone - is from this week's vice presidential debate.
"We can't keep spending and borrowing like this. We can't just keep spending money we don't have," Congressman Paul Ryan says in the ad, while Biden can be seen and heard laughing.
"Did they come in and inherit a tough situation? Absolutely. But we're going in the wrong direction! Look at where we are. The economy is barely limping along."
A CNN-ORC International poll released after the debate suggested voters who watched narrowly favored Ryan over Biden by 48%-44%, a statistically even result factoring in the poll's 5% percent margin of error. That followed Mitt Romney's overwhelming victory in their first of three debates.
Some, such as CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, characterized Biden's laughter as "dismissive," and said Ryan appeared "calmer and, frankly, more presidential."
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he "was embarrassed for the vice president," while President Barack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina said Biden "got past Paul Ryan's index card talking points."
The new campaign ad features Ryan making the point during the debate that Obama and Biden have been ineffective handling the economy. Ryan argues his running mate would be more competent.
"Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to fix these problems," Ryan says.
The Romney campaign did not say where or when the spot will run. It also did not reveal how much it will cost to run their ad.
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