New Obama ads tout auto bailout, job numbers
May 10th, 2012
12:37 PM ET
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New Obama ads tout auto bailout, job numbers

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's reelection campaign released three new television advertisements on Wednesday which tout his administration's efforts to aide the struggling auto industry and turn job losses into gains.

A campaign official described a "substantial buy" for the ads in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, and Nevada. Obama's campaign on Monday announced plans to spend $25 million in battleground states, including $5 million in each Florida and Ohio.

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In one of the auto-themed ads, Obama explains why the $80 billion bailout was important not just for the Detroit industry, but for workers around the country.

"It wasn't just the million jobs that were at stake," he said. But a turnaround like this "can happen all sorts of communities where when you combine American innovation with the best workers in the world."

A second shows Ohio autoworker Brian Slagle describing the challenges he and his family would face if he lost his job, but, "Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn't gonna let it just die, and I'm driving in this morning because of that, because of him."

A chart of job losses, then recent gains is the sole visual of the third ad, which asks, "Remember how things were just a few years ago? and "Do we really want to reverse course now?"

It highlights the economic stimulus measure which passed shortly after Obama's inauguration, the auto bailout, and two tax cut measures passed under his administration.

The Republican National Committee described the ads as "a load of you-know-what," pointing to a significant number of job seekers who stopped looking because of their prospects. They his administration of the auto bailout resulted in "tens of thousands of jobs lost" under the auto bailout, which they also criticized for "giving large stakes of GM and Chrysler to union allies."

These new ads join two other recent releases, including a positive spot touting the administration's accomplishments and another which is critical of GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

- CNN's Jim Acosta, Paul Steinhauser, and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to put out an ad about all of the social engineeringed legislation the Republicans have been pushing for the past 3 years. A special shout should go out to these Voter ID laws, and the blatantly misleading attempts by Republicans to claim that a problem exists, including the phony undercover videos at polling places.

    May 10, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. gr8usa

    Even Mitt said the economy is improving...except now he thinks he can take credit for it!

    May 10, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    I'm sure Obama's ads will be lying to the American people about jobs. Will they tell the American people the ONLY reason the unemployment rate is dropping is because millions have dropped out of the workforce because they couldn't find a job? Will the ads tell the American people the real unermployment rate is far higher? Will they tell the American people the economy needs to be creating 200-250,000 a month just to absorb new people coming into the workforce and FAR MORE to get the country back on the right track and employed?

    May 10, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Oh noes! The GOBP cult and its radical rightwing members have been telling us for months that President Obama "can't run on his record of failure" or the he will "try to divert attention from his record of failure." Instead, he seems to be running a record of success. Go figure!

    May 10, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    Yes those job numbers - 24.5 workers unemployed or under employed.
    The job market is so bad that about 1 million workers per month gives up and quits looking. That, in the eyes of obama, is improving the jobless numbers.

    May 10, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Lionel

    Good job Obama – you did save the economy. You are a brave man.

    We will not forget Romney "Let Detroit go Bankrupt" article and now wants credit for saving the industry.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    May 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. gg

    like every thing else romney would like to see all auto production done in china[more money for investors] like him.

    May 10, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Tired of republican lies

    Absolutely true @ Rudy NYC.

    May 10, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. PA_outofwork

    Is the ad touting the 3 billion dollars GM still owes the tax payers.
    Is tha ad touting how the stock holders were striped of their rights.
    Is the ad touting if the auto manufactures would have filed bankruptc, the outcome would be the same.

    May 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Bessy

    It's an excellent ad and all the truth. I've seen it in my area.

    May 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. GivenUp

    On food stamps, rent assistance and still no auto jobs for me.., I apparently don't make Obama's list of braggable accomplishments anymore.

    May 10, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. RealityBitesObamaAgain

    Detroit is alive, and unemployment is falling.,. somewhat.
    But what of the monstrous mountain of debt accumulated in the process?
    Is a few points of present unemployment really worth the pain this debt will bring on our children and grandchildren?
    Not even close.., unless your a progressive liberal.

    May 10, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    "Someone needs to put out an ad about all of the social engineeringed legislation the Republicans have been pushing for the past 3 years. A special shout should go out to these Voter ID laws, and the blatantly misleading attempts by Republicans to claim that a problem exists, including the phony undercover videos at polling places."

    Look up ALEC. Now they're trying to sneak through tort reform legislation to prevent or limit victims of their misconduct from suing. To make it worse, our so-called "liberal" media is ignoring the ALEC story. Local papers report on the new laws and make no mention whatsoever of who (ALEC) that drafted them.

    May 10, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Dean

    Obama has no job numbers to tout:

    It seems there are 7.1 million less employed people than there were three years ago. Contrary to the spin from the White House, there are 1 million less people employed today than during the horrific 2009 year. Luckily, another 6 million people left the work force, or we’d really have a problem. The truth is that if the government actually counted everyone in the country who wants a job, the unemployment rate is not 9.8%, but 23% and it continues to rise.

    May 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Yes those job numbers – 24.5 workers unemployed or under employed.
    The job market is so bad that about 1 million workers per month gives up and quits looking. That, in the eyes of obama, is improving the jobless numbers."

    And this is what passes for an "argument" from the GOBP cult crazies. No mention whatsoever as to WHY people stop looking, merely an assumption that must be the President's fault. The FACTS of course are different. The massive failure by the GOBP cult led to our Great Recession just when the baby boomer "bulge" is hitting retirement age. Sadly, few people that age are going to get rehired after the GOBP crashed our economy. Similarly, some young people have wisely chosen to further their education at this time. Facts are like kryptonite to the radical rightiwng extremists, so spread the word.

    May 10, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. fraud

    I work directly with the auto industry and it is slowing down. Layoffs are right around the corner again. The economy is slowing down again. Not a good sign for any political party

    May 10, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Is tha ad touting how the stock holders were striped of their rights.
    Is the ad touting if the auto manufactures would have filed bankruptc, the outcome would be the same."

    Huh? Are you just practicing random typing of false GOBP talking points? Guess what? When a company goes bankrupt, all non-secured creditor and shareholders get "striped of their rights." And your last sentence doesn't even make sense. The ONLY way the auto companies survive was with financing the private credit markets would not provide. So the simple equation is: Survival = Federal assistance/Failure = no Federal assistance. President Obama obviously favored government assistance. Rmoney did not.

    May 10, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Enough is Enough

    The auto companies were not bailout the union was, with taxpayer money to the greedy unions which then kick it back to Obama. U.S. Air and Kmart did just fine without screwing the taxpayers.

    May 10, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Will they tell the American people the ONLY reason the unemployment rate is dropping is because millions have dropped out of the workforce because they couldn't find a job?"

    MATH FAIL. It is droppig both because new jobs are being created and because some people dropped out of the workforce. Furthermore, yuo completely gloss over the many divergent reasons why people drop out of the workforce, which is primarily because of age...and studies have consistently showing that our population is rapidly aging and that there's a correlation between that and the decrease in workforce numbers. It's not all black and white as you're trying to paint it...nor are your purposefully misleading insinuations even remotely accurate.

    May 10, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. scmom

    Please republicans can you at least try to figure how the deficit got so high! Just once say "2 unfunded wars, medicare part d and lower tax revenue! Please pretty please.

    May 10, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. stephanie

    Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to put out an ad about all of the social engineeringed legislation the Republicans have been pushing for the past 3 years. A special shout should go out to these Voter ID laws, and the blatantly misleading attempts by Republicans to claim that a problem exists, including the phony undercover videos at polling places.

    They also need to include the republican voter registration people in CA turning in THOUSANDS of ballots that are not legitimate. also Iowa and maine where they don't care how many votes were cast someone will just pick a winner; and my personal favorite indiana republican secretary of state convicted of wait for it: VOTER FRAUD.

    May 10, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Does he take credit for Ford, too? And what about his original estimation that the bailouts wouldn't cost the American taxpayer a dime? $38 billion is a lot of dimes, don't you think?

    May 10, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |