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. ingrid

    For the ad to blame the problems our country faces on Obama is rich. He came into office as the country was in free fall. He has worked tirelessly to stabilize our country and move it into stronger economic position all the while having the GOP intent on undermining any action he takes. The GOP has stated repeatedly that is their goal was his defeat. They have yet to show that they will work with him to find any constructive solutions to improve our economy. They came back into office in the mid-terms to bring back jobs and have YET to demonstrate any commitment to that goal as all they have done has to pander to the right with social issues to galvanize their base. Look how they sought to defund planned parenthood in the budget debates because of abortion when they know fully that federal funding is not used for that. This was all smoke and mirrors once again and this attack was ALL about politics and not about a sincere desire to address our budget.
    Obama stood strong against them to protect social programs, education and innovation in our budget.

    April 10, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. ingrid

    I agree with Rick. I too remember when our economy was in free fall, the banks were frozen and there were genuine fears that we would have a depression that would make the original depression look like child's play. Obama 2012.

    April 10, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. JOHN IN AZ

    The more unenlightened people do to tear down President Obama, the better it is for him. They are only working against themselves.

    April 10, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. gord

    i dont understand what republicans want is it mass graves for the poor and under payed

    April 10, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Marry

    It is “appalling” the way the GOP/TP behaves! Just the mentality that wants power! And they want it without scruple what dirty ways they go to trick the voter in giving it to them. But, I ask you, what do people do with power they gain in this way? Do something good for the country? Keep dreaming…

    April 10, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. CAROL STANTON

    The GOP and the Tea Party has no respect for the President of the United States of America...(SHAME ON YOU). He is doing more for his country than any of you have in your whole political career....GOP is nothing but a glorifed Lobbiest for BIG BUSINESS. They will never win Come 2012 because "WE ARE ONE" Campaign will never let that happen. WE ARE ONE, consists of UNION, SENIORS, VETS, DISABLED, TEACHERS, AND HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS. To put up an ad like this by GOP and Tea Party...shows just how much the DISRESPECT AMERICA, and the MIDDLE CLASS

    April 10, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. CBR

    Here we go again. By creating an environment that is hostile and negative, this group will make compromise more difficult. The big question is who is paying for this ad. I do not believe that Joe has the means to run this ad without an infusion of money from some very wealthy people.

    The problem with this ad: no one person caused the economic problems of the USA and no one person will get us out of the rut we are in. To think otherwise is just a figment of a wild imagination.

    April 10, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Sam I Am

    This is just election cycle drivel. No one except the very few hyper conservatives that will believe anything even come close to believing it. What the Tea Partiers haven't been doing is telling us the amazing and wonderful ways they will solve the problems they keep sniveling about. All they can do is whine. I don't vote for whiners and finger-pointers. I vote for people like Obama, who are at least going to try to fix things. I may not vote for Obama this time around (I'm an independent). We'll see who bubbled ot the top on the Republican side. But if all I see is what I see coming from them now, I ask for a second 4. Obama certainly isn't perfect, but he's managed to do some things that no one else has been able to do. Give him credit for the good things as well as the goofs.

    April 10, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Minh Tran

    Sorry, but a lot of us think the unemployement and debts are not the president fault. He is fighting to reduce them and clearly he is successful to keep the country running up to this point without major diasters caused by the depression 2008. There is no proof that any GOP person can do that at this point in time. TEA party is just the extremist like any other extremists. Extremist is not doing anything good for society, and they are the sources of trouble one way or another.

    April 10, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Steve

    A $14 national debt? Really? And all this time I thought it was $14 trillion.

    April 10, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Badsnacker

    So what exactly does the teabags have to offer? NOTHING! oh yes war on everybody else in the world, Tax reductions to all right wings and that's it!

    April 10, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. jim

    (yawn)
    more conservative foolishness. they still ignore facts, they still ignore the growing economy and the shrinking unemployment rate, AND they still ignore the HUGE hand the previous administration had in the recession.
    why am i not surprised.

    April 10, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. clarke

    Well they can do what they want, but I thought hate speech was against the law of the land. I really believe that even if our President did everything right, they would still hate him because he is black, well half black. These people do not have the best interest of the American people at heart, They just hate our President so much they will do anything to not have him and his family sleeping in the White house. Very very sad indeed. Something they will never admitt to.

    April 10, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. rusty155

    I'M sorry I left one thing out, President Obama you are doing a good Jobs For America since what President Bush left you with. Keep up the good work President Obama for 2012, you have my vote. And I use be A Republican until John McCain and SAran Palin as he running mate, than all the DUMB people the TEA PARTY try to get in office. It just when to so me how far right these people trying to go. And beside that i like to staying 2012 not go back to the 1800.

    April 10, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. JJOE

    Netflex has no Bad ADs. Turn off your TV or watch channels they do not advertise on. Lets tell the TV industry we are not interested in such ads. I see one whether it be against a Republican or a Democrat that goes negitive that person that is running in that district will lose my support if it happens here. The use of such ads against anyone nomatter political affilation. I simply am disgusted when they are used. I am A Moderate Oklahoma Republican that is against the TEA PARTY and the TEA BAGGING IDIOTS that follow them!!

    April 10, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Why expect anything less from a far right wing fascist party that would love nothing more than to have only one party ruiling.

    April 10, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Juni

    What a ridiculous bunch of lies. I foresee a lot of ads like this over the next year: a string of invented facts, lies, and bluster. How sad.

    April 10, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. payback

    ....That should be said about, the republicans and tea baggers. 'LEGACY OF FAILURE'. Aren't they the ones that got into this MESS?.........................

    April 10, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. free2do

    These are the cream of the scuz. Pathetic thou shalt nots, spewing hate and blame......hey don't forget to make it black and white, out of focus, and shaky. Then play the star spangled banner, wave the flag, and show the common white folk with smiles on their faces touting Republican "values". I'm a white, middle aged man by the way, and it all makes me wanna puke!!!

    April 10, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Justin

    Not a surprise coming from a group that lionizes a failed, welfare-dependent thug who pals around with terrorists (Joe the Miller), a failed, unlicensed, unemployed, liar ("Joe" the "Plumber") and a divisive public official whose only claim to fame is pink underwear and racial profiling (Joe the Sherriff). But they're also white, which is of course the only thing the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama cares about.

    April 10, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. rick

    Waht do you expect from the GOP/Tea Party. Somehow they believe that not taxing the wealthy and corporations and getting rid of all regulation will solve all their problems. Middle America sees these people for what they are. I am sure this ad will be on National Faux News in No time.

    April 10, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. payback

    ....That should be said about, the republicans and tea baggers. 'LEGACY OF FAILURE'. Aren't they the ones, that got us into this MESS?.........................

    April 10, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Marjee123

    KOCH BROS - CHAMBER OF COMMERCE --AND TA DA THEY TWO SUPREME COURT REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST JUDGES who rewrote a simple ordinary bill to extend the time an ad could be shown before an election, to read.........wait for it........
    to let their buddies and co-sponsors the KOCH BROS and cohorts to spend as much as they wanted secretly to support the republicans whom these justices openly support. Of course , being independent as opposed to their partisian republican leanings sure doesn't bother these supreme court justices.

    April 10, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Dave

    These people just love to throw out the line that this president has left us with a $14 trillion dollar debt. They (along with most conservatives) conveniently forget that $11.5 trillion of that was left over from his predecessor, George W. Bush. They also forget that the previous president started with a $5.6 trillion surplus and he squandered that into a swing of $17.1 trillion in the wrong direction, thus leaving us with the debt problem we currently have..... and that's what they want to return to? Lord help us. Unfortunately, these people are very good at twisting the "facts" and convincing others that they were actually better off under those previous policies. Yeah right!

    April 10, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Lou

    Republicans can't govern and that's been proven over and over again, Dems come in to clean up their mess and always get blamed for it. Nothing new here.

    April 10, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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