GOP group pits Obama vs. Bill Clinton on taxes
November 9th, 2011
10:49 AM ET
6 years ago

GOP group pits Obama vs. Bill Clinton on taxes

(CNN) – A new ad from a Republican advocacy group attacks President Barack Obama's jobs bill by contrasting his statements with those of former Democratic President Bill Clinton.

The spot released Wednesday from Crossroads GPS plays clips of Clinton saying now is not the time to raise taxes and of Obama promoting increased tax rates on higher income earners as part of his jobs plan.

"Political stunt, not a solution. A bill full of tax increases," the voice in the ad says of the proposals. "President Obama: It's time to attack problems, not people."

The advocacy group said the commercial will run for the next two weeks in the politically competitive states of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania as part of a $2.6 million ad buy.

Crossroads GPS President Steven Law called Obama's tax proposals an "attack on American jobs" and said Clinton and Congress disagree with the president's ideas.

"Our debt limit ads helped put a stop to Obama's tax hikes once before, and we intend to do it again," Law said in a statement.

The group spent extensive funds over the summer opposing tax hikes as part of the debt ceiling negotiations and released an ad in Ohio last month similarly criticizing the president's economic proposals.

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Filed under: Ads • American Crossroads • Bill Clinton • Crossroads GPS • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good try there Karl Rove, but this ad (along with all your other recent anti-Obama adds) amounts to nothing more than a really, really big waste of Crossroads GPS super PAC funding. Have to wonder just how serious Rove is in his support of Willard. If these ads of his are any indication, Rove's endorsement of Mitt Romney is not exactly coming across to Republican viewers - in fact, his continued refusal of mentioning GOPer candidate Mitt Romney indicates otherwise.

    November 9, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. S.positive

    GOP this will not work. Folks are smarter... Ha ha

    November 9, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. usagoblue

    Twist it anyway you want the 99% are on to your BS! Clinton is talking about us and Obama agrees. GOP only protecting the rich and we will make you liers pay!

    November 9, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Jatovi

    Ok, and? I hope someone does a Reagan Vs entire GOP or Reagan Vs Tea Party

    November 9, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    Is the ad going to point out that Clinton raised taxes, with the help of NEWT GINGRICH'S Congress, and had a BALANCED BUDGET as a result?

    November 9, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Bill from GA

    And let's not forget the incredible job growth under Clinton, with his HIGHER TAXES.

    November 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    When the47% who presently pay no federal taxes start doing so, then, if it's still necessary, it might be reasonable to ask the rest of us to pay more. But until the free-loaders pay up, it's just grotesquely unfair to demand that the rest of us be required to go on subsidising them.

    November 9, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. thomas

    What's interesting is the 99 % is world wide !

    And GROWING !

    November 9, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "But until the free-loaders pay up, it's just grotesquely unfair to demand that the rest of us be required to go on subsidising them."

    Blah blah blah "skin in the game" yammer yammer boo hoo. Guess what? They've been flayed and the "jobs creators" are wearing their skins like Buffalo Bill. Give them their skin back first...then we'll talk.

    November 9, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. rs

    Pretty rich given the GOP spent $52 million to try to bring Clinton down. Republicans: they are what is wrong with America!

    November 9, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton just allowed the dictator to make him walk back some of his comments.

    So much for the integrity of Bill Clinton.

    November 9, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. rs

    Hey, Henry- The oft quoted 47% do pay taxes- sales, Social Security, and so on. They don't pay income taxes BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO POOR! Get it? How can you take money from people who don't have enough? Thinking like yours is what is wrecking America. The rich can pay 1% more. They won't even feel it and it will be good for America. Punishing people for being poor is simply sick, and certainly not very Christian.
    Remember: we as a society are only as well off, as strong, or as good as our poorest members.

    November 9, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    Of course Clinton did raise taxes and despite the same people predicting fiscal calamity, the economy boomed, 22 million jobs were created and the budget was balanced. Great times.

    BTW – I know many people dismiss the properity under Clinton as nothing more than the dot com bubble. But while the bubble burst, it left in its wake billions in new wealth, tens of thousands of new high paying jobs, companies like Amazon, Google and eBay and the infrastructure for a new digital economy. I struggle to see anything as positive coming out of this most recent bubble.

    November 9, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. DC2003

    Interesting spin ... except if you watched Clinton on the Daily Show last night ... that's not exactly what he was stating.
    In fact he actual statement was quite the opposite of what the GOP is attempting to spin!

    November 9, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Latch

    "President Obama: It's time to attack problems, not people."

    And by 'people', the GOP means specifically the 1% that they constantly cater to.

    November 9, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. shoegazer

    "and we go round and round and round in the circle game"........

    November 9, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Henry Miller is correct. If you're going to raise taxes, raise them on everyone.

    November 9, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. MTATL67

    The Republican still do not get it. Ok Bill Clinton did this and GW did that. Tell me what has the Republicans party done? How has all the filibustering help to stimulate new small business growth? Has any of the Republicans no votes help get people back to work? The just don't get it but they will in 2012 when they lose the House and seat in the Senate.

    November 9, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "President Obama: It's time to attack problems, not people."

    And by 'people', the GOP means specifically the 1% that they constantly cater to."

    Don't forget the giant corporate M

    November 9, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Larry L

    The character of the GOP is always revealed by the "swift boat" tactics they use for elections. Lies and deception are their basic tools and the ignorant are their targets. "Honor" has no place in an organization totally dedicated to defense of the fat cats.

    November 9, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Sasha

    The same clip has Clinton saying that now isn't the time to slash spending either. Curious how that bit was ignored (along with the fact that Clinton had no problem with Obama's plan which would begin to raise taxes in 2014).

    November 9, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. LegendRx

    Clinton is not the president, his time has come and gone. New world, new day, new approach. Obama is the right man for these times period.

    November 9, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Jane

    These nasty desperate republicans will do anything to get elected. I mean anything. They would love to turn two decent men against each other, but they are so stupid that they don't realize they are only hurting themselves more and will never get elected this way. They don't have a platform to run on folks. It's obvious. (stupid!)

    November 9, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. JOE

    Hey GOP, this aint the midterm. Your propaganda and lies will never work in 2012. Obama will win by a landslide in 2012 guaranteed.

    November 9, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    Crossroads GPS President Steven Law, just like Herman Cain blogging under Rick McDaniel, is truly misinformed if not delusional... Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama, two of the greatest PRESIDENTS ever, are very much on the same page.

    One would have to be either a Tea Bagger or a Republic Party nutbar to buy into this nonsense...

    November 9, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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