Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'
May 17th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
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Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager used a three-minute web video Thursday to take on the latest ad from the independent group Crossroads GPS, point by point.

"Karl Rove's group Crossroads is spending $25 million from secret donors to tear down the president in a new ad," Stephanie Cutter said to open the spot. "Time to tear this thing apart."

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The web video is the official counter from the Obama re-election campaign to the Crossroads commercial that claims the president has broken promises surrounding homeowners facing foreclosures, taxes, health care coverage and cutting the deficit.

On Wednesday, the Rove-backed group said it would spend $8 million to run the ad in ten battleground states between now and the end of May and is expected to spend $25 million to air the spot over the next four weeks.

But Cutter pushed back on the ad's four claims, saying the president's policies have helped 6 million homeowners with their mortgages, led to a drop in middle class taxes, enabled individuals to keep their current health care coverage as part of the federal law and that Obama enacted $1 trillion in spending cuts to help reduce the deficit.

Short clips of Romney are interspersed throughout the video to prove the policies of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate would roll back Obama's progress. Cutter then asks supporters to "call out" Rove.

"So another special interest attack ad, another set of outright distortions and another time when I need to ask you to do what you do best: get the president's back," she said. "Karl Rove is relying on you to do nothing to call out his B.S., and I know you'll prove him wrong."

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization to American Crossroads, which first became active in the 2010 mid-term elections as an independent super PAC supporting GOP causes and candidates. Its founders included Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush and former Republican National Committee chairmen Mike Duncan and Ed Gillespie.

A Wesleyan Media Project study released earlier this month, which used data from Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, indicated that Crossroads GPS is the biggest spender on general election ads so far, dishing out $12.6 million to run nearly 17,000 spots in 47 television markets.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Stephanie Cutter
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. rude

    How many times must Rove lie till Americans understand he's a liar???

    May 17, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    @Lauren R.:" The deficit spending of the Bush years peaked in 2004 (-$538 billion) and was going DOWN every year after, heading toward a surplus in a few years until the recession of 2008 and the election of Obama and the Democrat Congress changed everything."

    You're as full of BS as Karl – cite your source!

    GW Bush kept the cost of two wars and Medicare Part D off the books. President Obama had the stones to put those costs ON the books, which resulted in a spike in the deficit.

    If the Repubs knew ANYTHING about the economy, being honest or doing the right thing for our country, they NEVER would have hidden these costs.

    But then again, their endgame has always been to eliminate the American Middle Class, eliminate social spending and turn our country into one where the top 1% owns and controls everything and the rest of us live in poverty.

    May 17, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Northernstar

    This entire campaign will be won by huge amounts of money being spend by unknown donors. Obama is leading the money race with almost $1 billion. That is a ridiculous amount of money. People are now "buying" the presidency at a rate as never before. No "mere mortal" will ever be able to run for the office because no "mere mortal" can get enough money. Obama and the Democrates can't accuse the Republics of being in favor of big money any longer. Obama has set a new standard !

    May 17, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    @Brian: "What gender is Rove? He (?) looks like a plump eunuch."

    Ham Rove has no gender. Now if he were a corporation, I'm sure Mittens could tell you what gender Ham Rove is, because, after all, corporations are people.

    May 17, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Lauren R.

    @Jeff, apparently you didn't read for comprehension. The Bush deficits were shrinking significantly each year after 2004 UNTIL the recession hit in 2008 for which neither Bush nor Obama get the blame. The fact is it reduced tax revenue which created an additional deficit in Bush's last year which did indeed increase the deficit.

    HOWEVER, if you extrapolate the Bush deficit reduction from 2004 to 2007, include the extra deficits from 2008 and 2009 because of reduced tax revenue (about $500 billion), you still get to a budget SURPLUS by 2024, 14 years later than would have happened (2013) if the recession hadn't happened.

    Also, I erroneously quoted the "on-budget" numbers. The TOTAL budget numbers are actually lower because the "off-budget" actually had a surplus. So the highest deficit for the Bush years was 2004 at -$412 billion. The deficits go down to -$160 billion in 2007, then the recession hit and the TARP loan added about $400 billion to the deficit, bringing it up to -$458 billion. TARP was almost completely paid back within a year so that would have actually reduced the 2009 deficit by $400 billion, but the Democrats enacted their useless "stimulus" (which was not a loan and will never be paid back), further–and dramatically–increasing the deficit.

    The lesson: Republican stimulus is a LOAN. Democrat stimulus is money thrown away. TARP actually worked and saved the banking industry, preventing meltdown and 1930's style Great Depression. The Democrat "stimulus" of 2009 did virtually nothing except in very limited cases. Only a small percentage of the total actually went to build infrastructure, contrary to popular belief. The small percentage that helped some people refinance their mortgage probably helped too, but it was a small part of the total package. All the rest was waste on pet projects that couldn't pass previous bipartisan Congresses.

    May 17, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    Rove is an evil liar who will do or say anything to get what he wants. There will be a special place in hell for him and Cheney.

    Romney has not discussed a single issue, will not release his supposed economic plan to be scored by the CBO, refuses to answer a single question on any policy, hides from anything to do with foreign policy because he knows nothing about it, and has run the most nasty outrageous lie ads about President Obama already.

    He has totally lied about President Obama's record. Romney lies about his own record – which was as a job killer. He changes positions every day based on who is in the small crowds who show up to his boring events.

    He cannot be trusted, He is no leader. He knows nothing about economic principles, nothing about the issues the People are facing nor cares, and is 1000% focused on white rich people and corporations who are buying him through PACs that run false slanderous ads.

    Romney lied again today saying he has not run any slanderous ads – that is all he did to his primary opponents and what he has already started doing with the President.

    Romney is an empty suit with empty promises, no solutions, and supports the Ryan budget who the Catholic Church has called "immoral" because it destroys every program for the poor, for children, and the elderly. Romney called it "marvelous". Romney and the Republicans are intentionally destroying our nation, our economy, workers, rights for women and even our right to vote.

    Why would you vote for Romney who is working to take away everything you have and has a history of doing that to every business his company bought?

    I stand with my President, a good and decent man with real values he lives every day, who has never stopped working for ALL Americans and has a proven record of success from job creation to economic recovery to People programs to outstanding foreign policy leadership. I am proud he is our President and I will stay with a winner who cares about America.

    May 17, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. American

    Lauren R.
    Enough of the con job please. You apparently don't understand how deficits equate. President Bush created the largest $1.4 Trillion as he left office. It has been LOWER than that every year under President Obama.

    And the gross reality is Romney-Ryan would substantially INCREASE deficits again by giving even more unaffordable tax cuts to the rich.

    May 17, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Lauren R.

    @ThinkAgain, the source of the budget numbers is the White House Office of Management and Budget. They publish the budget history of the federal government going back over a hundred years. Reading the numbers yourself and noting the trends refutes the nonsense spouted by politicians and political parties.

    May 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    There is nothing independent about Karl Rove's group Crossroads. They are far right Republicans.

    May 17, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Liars Are Fryers

    Karl Rove should be called out for his evil lies. It is unbelievably shameful Romney chose to associate his immoral dishonesty on his ad campaign.

    May 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. FedUp

    All politicians are the same. Why pick on Rove? There are enough other Dems and Repubs with the same problem. That would be anyone sitting in DC and any other government officials.

    May 17, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. eroteme

    The critics sound worse than those they criticize.

    May 17, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    If giving rich people more money creates jobs, Where are all the jobs created by the hedge fund managers?

    No company has ever hired a new employee because their CEO got a tax cut

    May 17, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Kimo

    Citizen's United is the worst Supreme Court ruling of my lifetime. The only people who like it are those who think that corporations and CEOs need more power. Between lobbyists and secret donors, the middle class doesn't stand a chance. The GOP will keep cutting taxes for the wealthy and pay for it by cutting programs for everyone else. For example, if Romney is elected, he and his ilk will pay next to no income taxes because he plans to eliminate capital gains which is where he derives (to be more accurate, where his investment manager derives) most of his income.

    May 17, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. works4me

    The only reason they're resorting to the "tear down" stuck on stupid partisans is because they have NOTHING else to try. NO ideas, NO thoughts, NO support and NO caring about the American people. It's vividly crystal clear all they care about is the party. The party of NO must go!
    OBAMA AGAIN 2012

    May 17, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. julius raynor

    Carl Rove why would you believe anything he says?

    May 17, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Sydnium S. Washington

    If Crossroads GPS would help Romney win, it's a gas. Price lower than half a dollar in my town.

    May 17, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Kansas1946

    And lest all of the Bush apologists forget, Bush started out his presidency with the largest surplus in American history and ran it into the largest deficit. Obama started with Bush's mess and things are much, much, better than when he took office. "There are none so blinds and those who will not see."

    May 17, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. John

    State of the Union for today:

    another 370,000 file for unemployment (I said another which matches last week's number and was revised upward)

    Consumer confidence falls to its lowest level since January and is now labeled 'severe economic discontent' and offering now signs of significant improvement in the next 3 to 6 months.

    Manufacturing came in at the lowest in eights

    The gauge of personal finances fell

    Building permits for homes dropped by 60,000 from the previous week.

    Another failed week for a failed president.

    May 17, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Tom

    What are McConnell and Boehner doing to improve the economy. I haven't heard from them in months are they still alive?

    May 17, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    romney campaign in full swing here..

    May 18, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. dan5404

    Rove's credentials rusted during the last administration. He is only admired by Bush and FOX.

    May 18, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  23. AnnieR.

    Beverly NC....You said everything I wanted to say.......thank you....

    May 18, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  24. Tom in San Diego

    Isnt it a coincidence that all the Obama clan are in a frenzy as soon as this comes to light...

    May 18, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  25. Joe the Plumber

    Gotta love Ham Rove!

    May 18, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
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