March 26th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama's political arm buys TV time to pressure Congress

President Obama, here at a Washington fund-raiser Wednesday, hopes a new TV ad will buoy his initiatives.
President Obama, here at a Washington fund-raiser Wednesday, hopes a new TV ad will buoy his initiatives.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – After several e-mail pleas and a nationwide door-knocking campaign, President Obama's political arm will start airing a television commercial Thursday, urging voters to pressure Congress to approve his budget.

"America is facing tough times," a narrator says in the 30-second ad.

"President Obama has a plan to get our economy moving again, to cut the deficit in half, and create jobs by investing in health care, energy independence and schools. Thousands are going door to door as part of Organizing for America - gathering support for President Obama's plan to invest in America's future. You can help, too. Call Congress and tell them to support President Obama's budget plan to get our economy moving again."

Listen: Mark Preston and CNN Radio's Bill Caiaccio break down the new spot

The TV commercial features video footage of last weekend's national canvassing drive by Organizing for America, Obama's presidential campaign organization, which has been folded into the Democratic National Committee. Natalie Wyeth, OFA's spokeswoman, said this is the organization's "first ad as a project of the DNC."

"The ad will run on national and D.C. cable - primarily MSNBC and CNN," she wrote in an e-mail. "This is just one of the many tools we'll provide our supporters with, to help them make their voices heard and send a strong signal to Washington that the time for change is now."

A handful of liberal interest groups are also running separate television and radio ads in support of Obama's budget.

Earlier this month, the DNC ran an ad on cable television in South Carolina criticizing Republican Gov. Mark Sanford for refusing to accept all the stimulus money set aside for his state. Sanford has said that South Carolina would be forced to search for replacement funding once the stimulus money ran out, or be forced to make cuts.


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  1. Terry

    Conservative voters must be persuaded that Conservative leaders are selling them out. The whole political philosophy of Conservatism is to avoid solving problems. Why? Because solving problems costs money. That money comes from taxes. Those taxes come from the wealthy, mostly. The wealthy don't have problems and they see no reason why their money should be used to solve ours.

    March 26, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Randy

    Will the Junrior Senator please try and work and stop the campaining please! Quit laughing and screaming and get to work!

    March 26, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. obamacrat

    Good idea. American's overwhelmingly voted for Obama and his ideas. His budget merely proposes all the different initiatives he outlined while campaigning. It's time for congress to jump on board or get out of the way.

    March 26, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Reality Check

    Let's just shove the agenda down their throats......

    March 26, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Hispanic in Dallas, TX

    Can't have it both ways Mr. President, are things good or bad?

    We hear that things are terrible from you and your administration and then the next day or week you'e telling us that things are well not so bad, to invest in the stock market!

    So which is it...things can't be bad/good to just further your agenda.

    Stop running this country in to the ground, we're going to go bankrupt!

    March 26, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Dawn

    Ya know the President is actually trying to get his message out there. Reading about the Republicans wanting Obama to fail, it is so wrong. If he fails we all fail.

    We all need to go back in History and How many Presidents had to come in and fix what the predicessor had done to this Country.

    Think about this, you are going to start a small business, firstly you find a good location, secondly, you go to the bank to get a small business loan (if you can right now), right now you cannot hire anyone, because your business is not up an running. After a few years you are established, so you have a few employees, but one thing you must do is spend money so you can make more money. You are doing well so now you can advertise your business and what you are selling, or doing. Now your busines grows and you are spending less and selling more. You need to get the word out!

    That is what President Obama is doing, he is getting the word out.

    March 26, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. chris

    I agree..stupidity and the whole world is watching... how can we be a role model country when we have no regards for the real issues at hand but attacking our President with stupid questions.

    March 26, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. broken promises

    I thought Obama the savior was going to save us with his oh great economic wisdom. Why doesnt everyone open their eyes and see that Obama is trying to take your money, make us poor, ruin our lives, bankrupt our children, cause more terroist attacks, and cause a depression so we are a poor country dependent on a dictatorship government. Obama's promise are being broken everyday, watch him, when he starts talking with his hands, he's making excuses.

    March 26, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. a REAL American

    These fools would be wise not to knock on my door, unless they want to stare at my incoming fist!

    March 26, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Vic of New York

    Not a moment too soon. Last night on CNN, I saw a spot highly reminiscent of the Extremist Right "529" scourge adds that they ran throughout the election campaign.

    Question is: Who's paying for those adds? Is it the Financial Industry? Is it the unpatriotic Republican front?

    We need a law that requires people who run politically-drive adds to identfy who they are and who's funding them.

    March 26, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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