Conservative group slams Obama with ads
October 17th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
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Conservative group slams Obama with ads

Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama hits the road in North Carolina and Virginia to sell his jobs plan this week, a conservative group is pushing back through an ad set to air in the two states.

American Crossroads released the 30-second spot Sunday night. Titled "Don't," the ad features a quote from former President Bill Clinton saying a raise in taxes "won't solve the problem."

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Clinton has previously disputed the group's use of his words, which he said in a September speech. He's argued the quote was taken out of context and that he stands by the president's jobs plan.

The ad mostly hits Obama over the so-called "millionaire's tax," a compromise reached between Senate Democrats and the White House that would help pay for Obama's $447 billion jobs plan. The controversial measure would raise taxes on those making more than $1 million.

When brought to a vote on Capitol Hill last week, however, the measure failed to gain enough approval and was stalled in the Senate.

The ad aims to show Obama waffling on his position on taxes, quoting him from 2009 saying that the "last thing we want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession."

"But today, he's different," the narrator said, referring to the tax increase proposal. "President Obama's latest way is still the wrong way."

The $80,000 ad buy will air in Virginia until Tuesday and in North Carolina from Monday through Wednesday. Obama won both battleground states in the 2008 presidential election.

"The president's new jobs bill is based on the old ideas behind the first failed stimulus – only this time it's tied to a massive tax hike," said American Crossroads communications director Jonathan Collegio in a statement.

American Crossroads is a conservative independent advocacy group that has become a major player in backing Republican causes and candidates.

But Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC that launched in 2010 to compete with Republican groups, countered the ad's message, saying it misleads viewers into thinking the president wants to raise taxes on middle class families.

"The billionaires and oil companies funding these ads are desperate to stop President Obama's plan that would ask them to pay their fair share in taxes to reduce our debt and create jobs," said Bill Burton, senior strategist for the group, in a statement.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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  1. Donkey Party

    It is conservatism and it's brainwashed sub-human America-hating followers that are keeping this country down. The only cure is a civil war to eradicate conservatism and it's racist, hate-mongering followers once and for all.

    October 17, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Teabug

    Rudy, don't confuse Four (More) with facts, four just loves to regurgitate those talk radio fallacies.

    October 17, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Rsprings

    How bad is this guy?? He doesn't need to do a bus tour. he needs to stay in D.C. and convince Congress. The problem is he is banking on his experience as a community organizer, hoping it will work. Sir, it won't.

    October 17, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. John

    GOP having nothing to offer the American people but more of the same old, failed policies of the past. Their once new golden boy Perry is sinking like a rock. You have heard of the great white hope well Perry is the Great white dope. Romney is a flip flopper who will say and do anything to get elected. He has no convictions and does not stand for anything....GOP candidates are a sorrowful lot and nothing but clowns....

    October 17, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. c'mon america

    @ john conservative
    It isn't just about food , it's about clothing , shelter , education for my children and many other things as well . To have faithfully made a mortgage payment for 17 years only to come to the brink of forclosure , to watch the nest egg of your family desinegrate has noyhing to do with " pulling your self up by the bootstraps " a mc job wont save my house . I've paid into MY / OUR country for 32 years . Thank you America. That little unemployment check has purchased me much needed time . Unemploment is taxed by the way .
    that

    October 17, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Sniffit

    GOP Strategery Fail: "Hey, let's misuse and misrepresent quotes from Bill Clinton so he feels copelled to come out swinging and make statements correcting our misrepresentations. It always goes so well for us when the most widely beloved and respected ex-POTUS gets involved."

    October 17, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "It is conservatism and it's brainwashed sub-human America-hating followers that are keeping this country down. The only cure is a civil war to eradicate conservatism and it's racist, hate-mongering followers once and for all."
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    Civility, anyone? Anyone?

    October 17, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. a in austin

    Between Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, they will be contributing about $500 million for the 201

    October 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Obama has already proven that you cannot buy the economy back to life. "

    Not really. Everything has a price. The GOP forced the Stimulus to be much smaller than almost all experts were saying it needed to be, i.e., they weren't willing to pay the sticker price for "buying" the economy back to life. Why? Because they wanted it to remain in a coma for the rest of Obama's term and then blame it all on him in 2012. It's that simple and your constant refrains and repeated talkig points to that effect, despite all the contrary facts, evidence, expert opinion, etc., just proves the truth of that fact: the GOP does not want the economy to recover or grow while a Dem is in the WH, period.

    October 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. a in austin

    Between Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, they will be contributing about $500 million for the 2012 election. Talk about buying the politicians!

    October 17, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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