GOP group pits Obama vs. Bill Clinton on taxes
November 9th, 2011
10:49 AM ET
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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. Lost in Texas FOREVER AND EVER

    didn't the GOP also HATE Clinton as well and wanted him impeached?? This is one ad they could have saved money on and not even produced.

    November 9, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Bob

    Too bad all the GOP has are lies and BS.

    They had their chance for 8 years, and utterly failed to produce anything but record job losses, and The Great Bush Recession.

    Not much of a record to run on.

    November 9, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. pappakapp

    Thats right, raising taxes on me is an ATTACK! JUST like if thieir was an Airforce Drone outside my door readying missles for a strike. You wanna raise my taxes? Well that's paramount to an ACT of WAR to us backwards repukelicans, son!! Get me my guns, Zeb junior. Yeeee haw!!!

    November 9, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. phearis

    This proves that you can edit any speech to say anything you want it too. If you go to the Daily Show's website and watch the Clinton interview from last night, he in fact, says exactly the opposite of everything the Greed Over People party is trying to spin.

    November 9, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Mitt Romney @ Bain Capital posing with Dollar Bill$$ like a Gangstar while shipping American jobs to China

    waste of money Karl Rove!!!!

    November 9, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. SLvet

    @Fair is Fair; "If you're going to raise taxes, raise them on everyone." You're totally ignoring the fact that taxes were CUT on only the top 1% for the past ten years . . . not exactly fair. By returning them to the rate they paid before their special treatment commenced, all that's being done is to restore fairness. And really, the wealthy have nothing to complain about (although they've clearly convinced you they require your advocacy), over the past 60 years they have seen their tax rate steadily and SIGNIFICANTLY decline, from close to 90% to a less than 18% effective rate with all their special-interest loopholes.

    November 9, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. pkfops

    "the Ad is on. Time to take a break and use the bathroom."

    November 9, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Skegeeace

    Um, Republicans HATED Pres. Bill Clinton- and now we're supposed to believe that they just LOVED all of his ideas, so they're comparing Pres. Obama to him? GTFOH.

    November 9, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. seddy92

    If the Republicans only cater to the top 1%, why is it that roughly half the country is Republican?

    November 9, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Butch in the Carolinas

    Talk about 'Looking down your noseā€¦.!"

    November 9, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. patcee

    If fair is fair, then collect all those back taxes that the filthy rich used loopholes and expensive lawyers to get out of paying. FAIR? Don't talk about fair when the 1% owns Congress and nearly everything else in this country. Check out how yacht and jewelry sales have been going during this recession. The haves want to keep it all whether they got it FAIRLY or not!

    November 9, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oooh comments have been re-opened.
    The GOP is comparing oranges to rocks.
    Our fiscal outlook during the Clinton era cannot be compared to what Obama inherited and has been trying to fix.
    Raise taxes on the top 1% and close the freaking loopholes they have netted the nation NADA.

    November 9, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. kristi

    Um, this is just silly. Try reading his book or, I don't know, listening to Clinton. I understand there may not be many GOPs out there watching The Daily Show or actually educating themselves before wasting money on such things as advertisements full of lies, but the timing on this is comical. I appreciate the laugh folks. Thank you.

    Clinton actually feels taxing the rich is not "class-warefare" but "pro-fairness". He supports allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire and says, "My taxes were cut a lot in the last decade and my income went up a lot. I believe people like me should pay, not because it's a bad thing to be successful, but because the country's made us successful and we're in the best position to help do something aout the debt and invest in the future of the young people to give them a better future...We've had the biggest increase in income inequality since 1981 in our history."

    Thank you Bill Clinton. Thank you for giving a voice to rationality and hope for our future.

    November 9, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I find the pictures that they're using quite telling.
    It would appear that they are trying to pit Clinton against Obama.
    What they fail to realize is that BOTH of these men have risen above any perceived differences to work TOGETHER for the good of our country.
    Class and civic duty, two totally alien concepts to today's GOP.

    November 9, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Tim

    Pay back's a B. Last month Obama invoked Ronald Regan trying to score points against the GOP.

    November 9, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Greenspam

    Clinton said "Now is not the time to raise taxes", and that was 12 years ago. So, it would be THEN was not the right time to raise taxes. There is a time for everything.

    November 9, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. SaintM

    Karl Rove is now even more deranged and frothing. There is no GOP candidate that he can support so his PAC is making ads that are attacking Obama, but not saying who on the GOP side should be supported. Could he mean Perry, who he hates? Romney, who is not Christian, or Cain, who is black? If none of these, then who? Bachmann or Gingrich? They are so low in the poles nothing will help them. Looks like the "fool (Karl Rove's PAC) and his money soon go their separate ways.... but keep it up on expensive, non-ads–I like it!!!

    November 9, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    I guess the real takeaway here is that the GOP has finally found someone they hate more than Clinton.

    November 9, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. billy davis

    The Republican mantra. Protect the rich let the rest of America fail.

    November 9, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Doles

    I know this might prove a little too complex for some right wingers, but isn't this group lead by a former George W. Bush's aide? I mean, why didn't they use W? What, they couldn't find a clip where George W. said something of the like? Or is it that W is still out of it? We're closer to W than we are to Clinton, no? Well, I tried. But I guess that might not have been quite simple for some.

    November 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. propaganda 101


    If the Republicans only cater to the top 1%, why is it that roughly half the country is Republican?

    Roughly half the country is Republican because they are very good at marketing. They have effectively convinced people that they are looking out for their best interests knowing that the average American is too lazy to go back and check the actual legislation that they produce. They are also good at using wedge issues (abortion, gay marriage, veterans, etc) to get people to vote for them. They can screw people economically as long as they make it look like they're fighting for a pet cause. In case you are wondering why I include veterans as a wedge issue it's because the GOP support is fake. The GOP 'supports' veterans on the campaign stump with lots of fan fair and flag waving but when it comes time to put $$ into things that actually benefit our veterans, suddenly the veterans are made of pork and they vote NO. - check their voting records, read their bills

    November 9, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Russ in Md

    @ MTATL67 "How has all the filibustering help to stimulate new small business growth?" You know I can't answer that question. Why don't you ask Hairy Read, he has become pretty good at it since 2010.

    November 9, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. beevee

    if any one with some brain analyzes what these two presidents are saying, you will know that they are on the same page as far as getting this country out of its financial misery, no thanks to the previous admin, that is GOP.

    November 9, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds (and well over half the country)

    "If the Republicans only cater to the top 1%, why is it that roughly half the country is Republican?"

    Thanks for proving you live in a fact free bubble. No where near half of the country is Republican. There are more registered Dems, which is why pollsters have to ask this question in order to adjust polls for accuracy. Reality is not your strong point, is it?

    November 9, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. yeppers

    The wealthy are hording 3 trillion dollars away from the economy. The economy cannot sustain such a large amount of immobile wealth being held at the top 1 percent. If we persist in trying to make that work, then we no longer have a capitalist system. What we have is a hypercapitalist system where wealth flows to the top 1 percent and stays there. The question would then be where does new wealth come from to keep the economy afloat? Lets get real, folks, the answers for most of you would be to coddle the wealthy
    . As for me, I would rather we did reach such end.

    November 9, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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