Republican group hits Obama economics in new ad
October 4th, 2011
09:36 AM ET
3 years ago

Republican group hits Obama economics in new ad

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is the target of a new ad from American Crossroads, an independent Republican advocacy group, which attacks the president's economic policies ahead of his trip to St. Louis Tuesday.

The 30-second spot juxtaposes Obama's past comments about not raising taxes with news accounts of his jobs plan that, if passed, would add one and half trillion dollars in new tax revenue.

It also quotes former President Bill Clinton saying raising taxes will not solve the country's economic woes and Velma Hart who notoriously told the president that she was "exhausted of defending you" at a town hall in 2010.

"He raised our hopes. He seemed to understand … But today he's different," the ad says. "President Obama's latest way is still the wrong way."

The commercial that Crossroads said started airing Monday night, will run through Wednesday in St. Louis on cable television, including on CNN and Fox News with a total buy of $50,000. Not coincidentally, Obama will travel to St. Louis Tuesday afternoon to deliver remarks at two campaign events in The Show Me State.

"The ad will serve to provide a counterpoint before, during and after the president's visit to St. Louis as he sells his tax increase and re-election," Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for American Crossroads, said in a statement.

American Crossroads, a group founded by Karl Rove and led by former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, spent $70 million in the 2010 midterm elections and has pledged to raise $120 million for the 2012 cycle.

They also embarked Tuesday on a new paid web video campaign on Yahoo intended to counter Obama's online interview with Yahoo News/ABC online Monday. Over the next week, viewers will see the same Crossroads ad that is running in Missouri before the interview rolls on the Yahoo website.

"Our goal is to keep Obama on defense, where he's unable to generate an unchallenged media hit to sell his tax increase or his re-election," Crossroads President Steven Law said in a statement.

Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said the ad is a sign Republicans are siding with the interests of the "super wealthy."

"While Karl Rove and the Republican field yearn for the failed policies of the past, President Obama is fighting to create jobs and put money back in the pockets of middle class Americans and small businesses," Woodhouse said. "Like the President, Republicans should put politics aside – reject the divisive politics of Karl Rove – and work with President Obama to move the country forward."

Priorities USA Action, an independent group that backs Democratic candidates, criticized the Republican PAC for false advertising.

“Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Karl Rove will spend millions on false television ads because they know that the American public strongly supports the President's plan that will finally ensure billionaires do not pay a lower tax rate than middle class families,” Priorities USA senior strategist Bill Burton said in a statement.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. diridi

    These Bogus ads are killing America, what we need is Education. Look, Eric Cantor said, GOP is not going to pass "Jobs Bill". I think, in my opinion, he should the first one to be out of the Job, in next election, if people of America, and VA, esply are smart...o.k,

    October 4, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I guess the best answer to this ad is to play Ronald Reagan pushing for a tax increase to his own party by arguing that a bus driver shouln't pay more in taxes than a the average executive. Reagan actually uses the phrase "pay their fair share".

    It should be pointed out that the Republican Party has held the country's nose to the grindstone of the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration. Obama has lowered emission standards and taxes, and it didn't create the jobs Republicans always claim that such policies create.

    October 4, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Rsprings

    Obama economic policy team is a train wreck. They have no clue on what to do other than tax and pend. I for one am fed up with paying high taxes. My total tax bill Fed, sate, local, sales, property and on and on is approaching 60% of my earnings. That means 60 cents of every dollar I earn. Sadly, my tax dollars are being misspent by the government. But unlike the government when I don't have any money I stop spending.

    October 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    HA! The reputhuglicans are the ones who destroyed our economy! Who cares what they think or say?

    October 4, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    "Funded by Karl Rove". Need I say more???

    October 4, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hats off to Mr. Karl Rove. When it comes to smear and deceit, Karl continually bests his own last best effort, time and time again. Too bad that he won't see fit to put his "talents" to better use ... you know, for the betterment of America. Sleep with the devil, Rove, and you will pay. Oh, well. His problem, not mine.

    October 4, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Spending hundreds of billions of dollars more to save more union jobs is NOT a jobs plan! This idiot thinks throwing money at the economy is going to get it going again. What is killin gthe economy at this point is HIS IDEOLOGY. This buffoon has attacked, demonized, threatened, taken over, regulated, taxed and bludgeoned almost every business in sight.

    Success in America is now labeled as "greed" by this idiot. According to this socialist, the reason a poor uneducated drop out doesn't drive a nice car is because some "rich" person is taking advantage of them, or not "paying their fair share" so the poor down trodden can have a nice car. Class warfare that is threatening to turn people in this country into looters like you see overseas.

    Obama and the Democrats class warfare need to go and go FAST before they totally destroy this country.

    October 4, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans will do anything to prevent the wealthiest Americans from paying a fair share. At least the republicans are starting to realize that these rich people are not creating jobs. Republicans continue to cling to Hoover economics. Remember, it was the Bush/republican culture of corruption that brought our country to its knees.

    October 4, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. walter

    Typical Repubs. Scare tactics

    October 4, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Beantown Bully

    Why is the media not taking issues with the stances in these ads. How is this any different than the propaganda run by facist and dictators of old. They would spew vile information about an ethnicity or an ideology to further their cause. Even though what they were saying was quantifiably false, they could not be challenged because they owned the media. Our media has the where withall to challenge the baseless attacks with actual evidence to the contrary, yet, they still allow this info to go unchallenged. We have the entire period of the Bush presidency as direct fact that this information is false….. Lets go people!!!!

    October 4, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Canuck

    I believe Obama's fatal mistake has been trying to accomodate the Republicans. I think if he'd just told them to shove it , this is how its going to be, right from the get-go I think that the American people would have stood behind him. In trying to be a centrist and please all he has upset everyone , left and right , instead.

    October 4, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Stop the Charade

    "Like the President, Republicans should put politics aside – reject the divisive politics of Karl Rove – and work with President Obama to move the country forward."

    Such a comment would make a normal person pause and reconsider their actions, but not Karl Rove and his band of liars and enemies of democracy.

    October 4, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Dan

    ""You don't raise taxes in a recession," Obama said..........you name it, the guy lies about it.

    October 4, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if there was some agreement about getting businesses to hire more people. The problem is that the GOP doesn't seem that interested in discussing the option with the president and has shown an unwillingness to talk about the compromise ideas. If the only way to maintain the social safety net that the rich aren't doing by not funding charities, then their capital gains and income taxes should go up.

    October 4, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    President Obama is fighting to create jobs and put money back in the pockets of middle class Americans and small businesses," Woodhouse said.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Fighting and actually being capable of accomplishing are two different things, especially in this case. We have already seen the results of the identical strategy he is taking now. Identical. He got approval through the Democratic House of Representatives and the fillibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate.

    We do not need to increase American debt by $450 billion more to verify that this strategy will not work to create jobs. The current 9% unemployment rate is plenty of proof. The most amazing part of this is that he continues down this fruitless path.

    October 4, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. AlaskaPalin

    Obama inherited an economic mess but political strength. He needed to be bold and decisive in his actions to strengthen the economy (whether these actions were deemed socialist or not) but what did we get timidity, tinkering and dithering (which he called compromise) but which was seen as lack of conviction. would the economy have been in better shape had he fought for his economic convictions- now we will never know. Say what you will about the republicans they stood firm and discipline about their economic convictions and for that they deserve the white house. You can be assured that for better or for worst they will not compromise their convictions as obama did.

    October 4, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Do you all know that the majority of our elected officials in Congress are millionaires? Yep. Look up your representative and senator's net worth.

    October 4, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. NYC REPUB

    I'm so over the political lies.....Obama 2012!!!

    October 4, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Jeetu

    I am convinced now more than ever that these republicans are only in it for their own election, defeating Obama because he stands in their way, and helping their rich friends become richer. Republicans do not care about the general public and are happy to see those who are not fortunate enough to be rich to just die. If you don't have money to eat, or healthcare to take care if you are sick, republicans say "tough luck". That is not the America I know and that is not the American value, belief, or the dream. Thus, it is the republicans who are wrong and they are having a false propaganda against the President. The house deciding not to vote on President's Job creation proposal is one example of this and there are several others.

    The only thing I blame Obama and the democracts is that they are too much into compromising with the republicans and have yielded to them too much. They need to stand their own to help the country move forward and don't let these republicans stop us with their obstructionist ways.

    October 4, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Raising revenue to pay off our debt incurred by giving repeated tax cuts to the wealthy and to Big Business, er, sorry, Job Creators? How dare Obama! The rich and big business deserve to sit on their Trillions in cash! We should be paying them for the privilege of breathing the same air as they do! Anything else is a violation of the laws of Nature and of God ( I know, my pastor on TV told me so, and Glen Beck backed him up!)! I know I read this in " Atlas Shrugged": dang, can't find it, so I'll make it up. No, wait, its in Paul Ryan's little Green Book of quotes!

    This is the level the Right operates on: fear and smear, and all funded by their oligarchs.

    October 4, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. mikle

    Some of you ask Obama to move forward. How anybody can ask him to do it , when he don't have any idea how to do it. The man w/out any experience, he looks like small communist organizer. No more YES WE CAN,no more kva-kva-kva- about change. Just kva-kva-kva.

    October 4, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Larry L

    Anybody who believes President Obama caused our problems id delusional. Even his efforts to fix the problem have been seriously hampered by the Republicans tied to the Tea Party. Like the Great Depression, Bush's mess was far too big to clean up in two years, especially with the Republicans blocking every initiative.

    October 4, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Jake

    thanks Karl Rove, but no thanks! your political machine brought down our economy and took us to war!

    October 4, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. walter

    How would you all fix the economy just wondering . And should the rich pay their fair share just wondering

    October 4, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |