Conservative group puts out anti-Obama TV ad
April 10th, 2011
09:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Conservative group puts out anti-Obama TV ad

Washington (CNN) - Call it an appetizer, with the main course still to come.

An independent conservative group says it's going up in some battleground states with a television commercial that's critical of President Barack Obama, one of the first of what could be many ads by similar groups on the right.

The spot, titled "Barack Obama's Legacy of Failure," is being put out by The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama – a group dedicated to trying to beat the president in the 2012 election.

Joe Wierzbecki, the executive director of the organization, tells CNN that the ad began running this weekend on television stations in Nevada, with ad time being purchased in Michigan and Wisconsin. Wierzbecki says his plan is to eventually also run the commercial in Colorado, Missouri and Ohio. All of these states could be extremely contested in the upcoming battle for the White House.

The group is currently fundraising to pay for the ad buy.

"We're looking at a budget of $250,000 for this new ad right now. We hope to expand on that, but I won't know if we're successful for a few weeks, depending on if our fundraising continues to remain strong," says Wierzbecki.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama was launched by the Our Country Deserves Better Committee, a conservative political action committee that's also the parent organization of the Tea Party Express, one of the leading national Tea Party groups. Three figures popular among many conservatives, Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 2010 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller of Alaska and Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known during the 2008 presidential campaign as "Joe the Plumber," teamed up last month at a launch party and fundraiser in California for the group.

Among other things, the 60-second spot blames the president for the country's "high unemployment rate," and says Obama "has crippled America with a $14 trillion national debt."

"We have found the spot worked very well when we tested it, with a very strong reaction from Republicans and right-leaning independents," adds Wierzbecki.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama says it hopes to build a grassroots network of up to one million supporters by next year's election. The group recently ran television ads in Wisconsin supporting Scott Walker, the new Republican governor whose battles with the state's public sector unions made national headlines.

The new commercial could be the first of many this year by independent conservative groups to criticize the president. The possibility of such attack ads flooding the airwaves is one reason why the president's re-election campaign is starting to aggressively raise money, with a goal of bringing in up to $1 billion this campaign cycle.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    All they can do is attack this President and not come up with any solutions to the problems that Bush created.

    April 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. GI Joe

    It's what we have grown to expect from the jr. high republican bullies. They lie out of both sides of their mouths and put their hand out for more corporate contributions to support their lies. Welcome to the United States of the Koch Brothers.

    April 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. fideauxdon

    So in other words, there is a social agenda. They've gottenmore than the financial cuts that they wanted, and now they want to concentrate on removing the rights of Women, unions, the disabled, the poor, minorities, and anyone else that might hope that they get a "Piece of the Pie", however small it might be.

    April 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Any failure of President Obama has been fueled by the Party Of No. Republicans/Tea Party has done absolutely nothing to help our country.

    April 10, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. catmom

    So what is new here? News would be how Conservatives worked with the President to fix the problems their policies caused.

    April 10, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. willie floyd

    My personal plan for dealing with with these smear tactics by the Reps.-use your remote control-mute or hit the channel selector. I'm not interested in ANYTHING these right wing extremists have to say.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 10, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. TheTraveler

    "We have found the spot worked very well when we tested it, with a very strong reaction from Republicans and right-leaning independents," adds Wierzbecki.

    Duh ...

    April 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. NeneG

    Let the negative campaigning begin... Weren't these the same folks who put out ads to support the war in Irak because it was the "patriotic" thing to do? No thanks, we will think for ourselves.

    April 10, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. pc

    i will support our president. the tea-baggers are ignorant clowns that are only interested in taking our country back to the 1800's.

    April 10, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Danny

    It's no wonder we have no respect around the globe anymore. Every 4 years we completely and totally trash our leaders. There was a day when politicians were looked up to, and respected, these days "the other side" does everything in it's power to destroy the other side. This has all become an absolute embarrassment.

    April 10, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Clwyd

    Just another reasons I've grown to question the motives of the teabuggers and the conservative right. I question whether they are acting for America or against America. I feel so often they are the new National Socialist movement, but not in Germany rather here in America!

    April 10, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Chad from Tampa

    Thank God for the Tea Party, the only fiscally sane people in America.

    April 10, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. sickofthebull

    I'm sorry that some people just can't get it – you DONT keep running up the credit card (well over it's limit) At what point will we get to when you can't raise taxes anymore, and the bill to pay that dam deficit will still be there? That day is coming and it's coming much faster than you all think. Extreme – you haven't seen extreme YET

    April 10, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Save our country

    Obama's legacy will be one of indecision and wasteful spending. He increased spending far more than Bush and we see less in return. He wanted health care reform and left the how up to a bunch of partisan congressmen who cut a shady deal thats good for their constituency at the expense of America as a whole. They frontloaded the benfits to seniors in the gap specifically so they can use them as a polictical shield to prevent it from being overturned. Their budget is based on nothing but "tricks" like adjusting assumptions on interest rates than actual cuts. This is shameful, and why I don't ever see myself voting Democrat ever again in the near future.

    This is just the opening salvo of a long political season.

    April 10, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Debra From Georgia

    This President is a fine President, I am proud to have him as a President. You can lie on him, but you can't make it true.

    April 10, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. DC Insider

    Wake up everyone...it's call the budget crisis. We are broke as a country...whoever is our President in 2012 has to dig us out of this pit. We need someone who is willing to deal with our budget and the entitlements. I think HIllary has the political fortitude to handle this. We need to revise our Tax Code, and I don't think Obama has the appetite to hand this very serious issue.

    So in a way, I agree Obama is failing to lead us. He has gone back on a lot of his campaign promises...and we need someone with a fresh, clean slate. And it just isn't Obama.

    April 10, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Open your eyes

    Uh Oh, there is a Social agendafrom the Republicans!!!!! How else are they going to fix the mess these retarded democrats have made?

    April 10, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. once upon a horse

    looks like the Koch Brothers have opened the check book again. But this is nothing new, happens all the time in election years. Bush was attacked, Clinton was attacked, Carter you know the drill so I didn't expect Obama to be treated any different.

    April 10, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Save our country

    I am no way saying Obama is a bad man, but his leadership style is to wait, and go whichever way the political wind is blowing... This is not what leaders do. In a way he is the polar opposite of Bush, who didn't care about public opinion to do what he felt was right. Neither is what our country needs right now.

    What we need is intelligent debate about the future of our country without the name calling and demonization. I haven't seen the ad but I'm sure it won't be pretty. Only hard liners will be out this early to concentrate on defeating Obama when they don't even know who thier alternative is going to be.

    April 10, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    Conservative have one policy attack Obama

    In that they ignore how most Americans think how to reduce the deficit

    Cutting every thing won’t help to reduce the deficit we have make some cuts at the same time we have to increase our revenue
    We have to invest in good programs to improve our economy
    We can’t cut programs which help low income people it will hurt the economy

    April 10, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. spenks

    They want to build a grassroots organization of up to 1 million>>> Give me a break. I think you repugs should stick to building BUSHROOTS.

    April 10, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Jack519

    Tea Party= Corporate Shills. We now know the truth behind the Baggers: Big business wants bigger profits so tax the poor and retired, attack th teachers, rip apart the unions. Maybe in its infancy the Tea Party movement was sincere but less government shouldn't mean big business dictates policy. I'm banking that the American voter is savvy enough to recognize that the big money backers of the Tea Party movement just want less government interference with profits and will vote the current crop of greedists-extremists out of office in 2012.

    April 10, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Indy

    This commercial is 100% lies, not a shred of truth to it which is good for Obama because it means the conservatives are all about lies. There are some things they could criticize Obama for but they decided to stick with their main purpose in life which is to lie about everything Obama. Looks like they do not want to appeal to anyone exept their base, who love to accept their lies.

    April 10, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Rick

    Bush handed over an airplane that was on fire with three engines out. Obama has had to repair in flight, while the Republicans do everything they can to interfere.

    I remember when the stock market was at 6500. Thank You President Obama. OBAMA 2012!

    April 10, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. tim

    I love how they are criticizing this deal meanwhile Ryan's plan wouldn' thave cut the deficit either but raised it 6 trillion dollars. Instead all the money cut would go to give the rich a tax break. Yeah that's logical. And this isn't propaganda, this is fact.

    When your house has problems, the roof is leaking, kitchen is falling apart, fence crumbling, you have to SPEND to fix it, regardless if you are in debt or not. You can't remodel a kitchen for free.

    April 10, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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