New anti-Obama ad slams Solyndra 'fiasco'
February 1st, 2012
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

New anti-Obama ad slams Solyndra 'fiasco'

(CNN) – The day after Crossroads GPS announced an impressive $32.6 million haul in 2011, it is out with a new ad hitting President Barack Obama over his administration’s investment in Solyndra, the failed green energy firm.

“He gave his political backers billions – a big government fiasco- infused with politics at every level,” a woman says over black and white images of bundled cash and men huddled in the Capital.

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The ad includes the president talking up green energy, an apparently unemployed man a park bench with his head in his hands, and closes with the female narrator saying, “Laid off worker: forgotten. Typical Washington. Tell President Obama we need jobs not more inside deals.”

The group is spending $500,000 airing the 30-second spot on cable nationwide for a week, including on CNN. It's the group's second ad targeting the president for the loss of $535 million taxpayer dollars in the Solyndra investment.

The Obama administration argues its green energy program boasts far more successes to balance out failures such as Solyndra.

In a strategy memo American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS’ CEO Steven Law writes that the ad is designed to start a debate over what he calls the president’s “Solyndra economy.”

Describing the president’s green jobs program as a “politically infected spending binge” where “participants are rewarded not for what they know, but for who they know,” the memo argues Republicans should not cede the moral argument on the economy to the president.

Writes Law:

“President Obama has laid out the terms of a critical national debate: America is an unfair place, and more government is the solution. Advocates on the center-right need to engage that debate in both moral and economic terms, showing that Obama’s Washington is an unfair place, and less of Obama’s invasive, free-spending and chronically politicized government is the solution.”

While the memo casts the ad and the debate purely in terms of the economy and the green jobs program – something else is at play.

Democrats close to the White House say Obama consistently rates well with independent voters on his ethical standards. An ad like this could undermine that support by painting him as a typical Washington politician who would do anything to woo donors.

In an interview last month, Law said they will work to change voters perception of the president by tying him to Washington and its unpopular ways.

This ad certainly seems one step in that direction.


Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Energy • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. neil levine

    Somebody is paying attention to waste, fraud, abuse.

    February 1, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  2. king

    China and emerging country's government are investing heavily in clean energy to win the future. The repubs on the other hand want to invest in dirty energy of the past. Obama you need to keep up the fight for our future generations to live a life free of lung cancer and abominable diseases caused by dirty energy. The repubs only care about big oil who are pushing millions of dollars in their pockets, and don't give a dam about winning the future and the health of American citizens, these people are appauling. What makes it so bad is that they seems to get the gullibles in society every time with this crap. Keep struggling for the people Obama and fight for our self interest. The repubs slick Willy fear mungering talking points will some day comes to a hault when the people stop thinking about now, and start thinking logically.

    February 1, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  3. JLR

    Interesting. Republicans can spend $2 trillion on foreign wars, but they complain when a democrat loans $500 million to try and bolster american manufacturing.

    February 1, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  4. Obama#01

    Absolutely not! This Congress, especially the house taken hostage America and had downgraded our credit, image, and overall respect. I along with the rest of the world despisr the GOP amd what they stand for. You can have your Caymem Islsnds, just let us ordomary folk live life without obstruction. Obama has proven to be a thorn in your racist side hasnt he?

    February 1, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  5. Jules

    I'm waiting for the ad listing Romney's accounts in the Cayman Island and Switzerland, telling us when they were established and when Romney's holdings were put into the blind trust he is always talking about. I would close with this question – " Mitt Romney says he believes in America and wants to be president of this great country, so why doesn't he invest in America?"

    February 1, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. durundal

    yes because we all know its catastrophic when 1% of your investment portfolio takes the plunge.....oh wait, what kind of genious expects the house to win 100%......thats right, the kind of conspiracy theorist people who think that the president magically controls the entire world and its economy

    February 1, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    ►New anti-Obama ad slams Solyndra 'fiasco'◄
    Okay, it's obvious it's coming – So now Here we GO!
    But why don't you ask Romeny who is always beating the drum
    It's apparent that sometimes you WIN some and LOSE some

    For every anti-Obama ad – there should be a rebuttal – Go get 'em PACs and "Not to Worry" about the attacks or worry about anyone keeping track!!! We all can play the same game!!

    Obama 2012!!

    February 1, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need develop our own renewable energy infrastructure. This is something that we have to do so that the Chinese don't corner the market and drive the cost for us up way too high. Besides, fossil fuels are finite and pollute alot. We need to get away from that. Obama and this administration are trying to do that.

    February 1, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  9. Jim

    I would like to hear about the successes in green technology, details not just general "Trust me," speaches.

    In the presidents State of the Union speach he touted success in green energy, but politicafact check stated that the president is counting bus drivers of hybrids as green jobs and technology, not exactly a success. So please, clear this up with facts.

    February 1, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  10. Thomas

    Solyndra , just showed us we cant compete with China on Solar . Has nothing to do with Obama . Has more to do with past energy policy.

    How much did the war in Iraq cost ?

    Failure is the key to success , key to failure is not learning from your past mistakes.

    America ranked 1st in solar energy until the Bush administration , then fell to 7th in the world.

    February 1, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  11. hamsta

    Definitely cant blame bush on this one but im sure he will try.

    February 1, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |