American Crossroads pushes new radio ad against Obama
April 13th, 2012
02:05 PM ET
3 years ago

American Crossroads pushes new radio ad against Obama

(CNN) – American Crossroads, a conservative super PAC, announced its latest ad buy against President Barack Obama on Friday, taking a swing at the administration's coal industry policies.

"Our health care, pensions and way of life are on the line," the ad's narrator says in the one-minute radio spot.

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The commercial specifically goes after new regulations finalized in December by the Environmental Protection Agency, which announced coal and oil-fired power plants must limit their emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Republicans, however, sharply denounced the new regulations as costly and likely to destroy jobs. The new radio ad includes a quote from United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts discussing what he called the expected impact of the new rules on the industry.

"People would lose their health care, and it's the best healthcare in the world. If the coal industry collapses, peoples' pensions would be cut drastically," Roberts said. "This is a job-killer for us."

Totaling $175,000, the ad will run in the "coal country" of western Pennsylvania, southern Ohio and West Virginia.

"Say 'no' to the Obama administration's extreme EPA rule," the ad's narrator says as the commercial ends.

Earlier this week, Crossroads GPS, a political action committee related to the group, announced plans to spend $1.7 million on a television ad buy in six battleground states, also blasting the president over energy.

One of its first ads this year, however, squarely focused on countering attacks against the president's energy policies. Released earlier this month, the commercial points to an increase in domestic oil production, renewable energy and mileage standards under the Obama administration.

“No amount of ads bought and paid for by the big oil and gas companies can hide the President’s support for an aggressive all-of-the-above energy strategy," said Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith in a statement to CNN.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Energy • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Q: Does Gov. Romney support the Lilly Ledbetter Act? A: We'll get back to you on that

    Oh really?!?!?

    April 13, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    It's real simple.
    Do you want the for-profit corporations to decide what's good for our environment or do you want the people we democratically elect to decide what's good for our environment?

    April 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Jon

    All of the above*

    *(does not include coal)

    April 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    This is bogus of GOP idiots. Yes, obama2012.

    April 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If it comes from American Crossroads, it will probably only be heard on AM radio stations that carry Rush Limbaugh. Therefore it will only be heard by people who already plan on NOT voting for President Obama.

    April 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. NameCatmandew

    About time energy policies should be focused on Obama's stink.

    April 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Blindersoff

    The same old tire attack ads from the, one big failed idea, right conservative party . . . trickle down, ah, eventually, ah maybe, ah, one day . . . and we are still waiting. (as look at my watch) LOL!

    April 13, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Blindersoff

    The same old tire attack ads from the, one big failed idea, right conservative party . . . trickle down, ah, eventually, ah maybe, ah, one day . . . and we are still waiting. (as I look at my watch while tapping on feet) LOL!

    April 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    It's an election year. Nothing is sacred. And this is going to be a BAD election. An election driven by hidden funding and Super PAC's. And we can thank the right-wing SCOTUS for that masterful decision. Ranks right up there with electind Dubya President.

    April 13, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Our health care, pensions and way of life are on the line," the ad's narrator says in the one-minute radio spot.

    "Say 'no' to the Obama administration's extreme EPA rule," the ad's narrator says as the commercial ends.
    ----------------------------–
    They are counting on you to have forgotten about the mine disaster in West Virginia a few years ago. They are counting on you to have completely forgotten just how close their ideology came to nearly destroying the entire economy.

    April 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. MaryM

    Karl Rove created American Crossroads to continue his 40-year history of unfairly manipulating elections on behalf of oligarchs. Remember who Karl Rove is an what he did during the Bush admin. You can thank Karl for pushing the policies and backing wall street that Crashed the economy in 2008

    April 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans are trying to take away medicare, change social security, and republican governors all over the country are raiding and ruining pensions. A person who is mentally challenged will actually believe that the Kochs need more money.

    April 13, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Biotechdev

    The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency. The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office. The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush’s last day in office, which coincided with President Obama’s first day. The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services

    April 13, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Jules

    Ok then, excuse me while I get back to my email to make that request for a contribution to fight Karl Rove and his sleazy super pac.

    April 13, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. JOHN

    They also counting on you that you forgot the number of kids today have asthma

    April 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. MaryM

    Karl Rove, all the money in the world will not BUY this election for you. American crossroads negitive ads will TURN OFF the independents that you need to win this election. Save the money and give it to the poor

    April 13, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If it comes from American Crossroads, it will probably only be heard on AM radio stations that carry Rush Limbaugh. Therefore it will only be heard by people who already plan on NOT voting for President Obama.
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    Yeah, but in the battlegournd states the Rush Limbaugh show is carried on overlapping stations, and repeated in the evening and early morning hours.

    April 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. demogoat

    If they upgrade equipment, that creates jobs. If they minimize mercury output, they save on health care cost. They never mention the increased health care cost that the effects of mercury will have on humans. We just need to have the SCOTUS rule on the price of a life to determine if it is really worth it or not.

    April 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Russ

    Anybody who is foolish enought to vote for Obama for a SECOND round doesn't deserve to vote. They lack the intelligence.

    April 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. RealityBites

    A failed community leader or a successful businessman.
    The choice is very clear..

    April 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Dr. Knowitall

    I here Obama wants to convert the Navy back to clipper ships.
    Go Green ! NObama 2012 !

    April 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    @Russ: In my family we have PHD's and we are voting for President Obama again. I will tutor so you can obtain your GED.

    April 13, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Blue Collar Worker

    @Russ: Remember we have a free country and we vote for who we want to. You might like Iran or S. Korea better. I will gladly pay your way

    April 13, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Russ – I think the same thing about the brain dead republicans who support a money launderer who promises more of the Bush economy, and more tax cuts to the wealthy under the Ryan Romney plan. The market is up, employment is up, the number of people insured is up, the annual deficit is down, the number of troops in Iraq is down, support for the republican party is down, the number of women who think the republican party will support them is down, the number of people on social security and medicare who think that the GOP care about them is down, etc.

    April 13, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Dr. Knowitall....
    so you say you HERE Obama wants to convert Navy back to clipper ships? Well I guess I also HERE that a lot of right wingers have little to no education and can not spell or even write correctly. ROFLMAO!

    April 13, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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