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

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. Scott

    Lets face it Obama has done very little or nothing for this country except arm the drug cartels, destroy this countries Credit Rating, refuses a pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs, Gives money away to fail compaines like Solyndra. We must not forget most of his advisors are from the Wall Street crowd, including Corzine, and Lew who took a 950,000 bonus after his company was bailed out by Obama. Obama does not care about the working class, he never did, just pretends. Romney is the way of the future, 2012 Romney.

    May 17, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. steven

    The GOP believes you can buy the Presidency. Anyone can now put in millions of dollars ... China, N.Korea, etc.

    May 17, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. TimGIS

    Karl Rove????? Talk about someone who has lost ALL creditability. I stopped paying attention to what he said during George W term.

    Karl; take a hint. When you speak NO ONE listens, unless of course you are a donor to either Crossroads organization. I like to watch the amount of money they are wasting. STOP the politics and get down to business. The American people are tired of his type of campaign. It almost make me want to support the candidate(s) he opposes because of his type of politics

    May 17, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Roger

    Discount the Rove BS as he is a master at spewing it.
    Re-elect Obama and turn the House in 2012.
    Or you can confirm the continued efforts of the Republicans intent at destroying our middle class.

    May 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Paul Ernest show

    Do they really want to go there? Pulling religion into the campaign. I thought it's generally agreed that those who live in glass houses do not throw stones. Let GOP open the box.

    May 17, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. RKN

    The republicans who lie in order to obtain power and enrich themselves and their friends should be tried as traitors.
    They should have all their money, assets, everything, taken away and used to help less fortunate people.
    Even better, lets put all the republicans on an island – no means to leave – and then we can see who is still standing as they knife each other in the back to control the island and have all the coconuts to themselves.

    May 17, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. paul

    Let's face it–Romney's policies will help the rich and only the rich. He has already said he will get rid of regulations (here comes another Bernie Madoff), give huge tax cuts to the rich, and help the huge corporations. He can help them alright by telling them how to store your money in offshore accounts and then ask the USA for tax breaks. Romney doesn't have a clue about the middle class and how hard they have it. His idea of middle class is when you only own four homes but can't afford to put an elevator for your extra cars in the homes.

    May 17, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Political Humor....

    The neverending-election-campaigns and the slogans..."Yes we can"..."Change be can believe in"..."Evolving"..."Can you fix it"..."A better America"....etc....and the out-spending by $billion on each side...Will the Washington Politicians wake-up and see that the People have stopped laughing a long time ago...people are weary of Politicians appearing on every comedy show which does not inspire laughter nor do the people like all the negative ads...the country is hurting and is this all Politicians have to offer with their neverending campaigns.......!

    May 17, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. james - St. Paul, MN

    The secrecy and obfuscation of political donors today gives us some hint about how much is at stake. Hundreds of millions are being spent to support both GOP and Democratic campaigns. Ironically, most Americans are so unaware of the actual goals of politicians that they vote against their own interests time and time again. Democracy is dead in America--it has been replaced by kleptocracy that serves the needs of corporations, no-bit military contractors, the legal and medical insurance professions--but does almost nothing of value for normal, middle class American voters.

    May 17, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. justaminit

    Karl Rove has the credibility of a gutter rat. More "Bush" economics? More Cheney distortions? Same old smear tactics by those who can not come up with anything better. This is the Republican Party's weakness and Rove is a major weasel.

    May 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Frank - Ohio

    No one needs to tear down the president. The president has done a horrible job. He promised us the moon and hasn't delivered anything. I am so disappointed!! President Obama needs to go.

    May 17, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Terry

    Trace our nation's history and you will find our political leader's have always been from the elite class. Especially our founding fathers. It is not about the class our leaders is from, it is about what they will do for the majority of Americans, for the middle and lower class, and our economy. Republican policies of the past 30 years have hurt those classes, period. Where did the depression we are in start, with Bush's policies, period. The Obama/Biden administration have added 4.2 million private sector jobs, weakened our enemies, reformed health care and saved our auto industry, . The same auto industry Romney wanted to let go bankrupt. Remember this fact, when the President took office the economy was losing 700,000 jobs a month! Now we have had 26 straight months of job growth, those are just the simple facts. Despite working against an obstructionist congress!

    May 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. shugee

    I am pretty sure the US would be much worse off today than 4 years ago without Obama. There would be no domestic auto industry, Bin Laden would still be alive, the health care system would still exclude those who actually need it,millions more would be unemployed and I could go on. Seriously, we can't be so partisan as to say good is bad just because it did not come from our team. It makes us look like we have a poor grasp on reality.The GOP has become the party of negative. This add is part of a sad story of a party which has lost its way.

    May 17, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. M-W-T

    Every American knows that Carl Rove is a liar
    republicans refuse to let any money help this country, they want this country to fail as long as we have Obama for a President.
    They could care less about good Americans, its gotten to the point where most of us are really starting to hate republicans for what they are trying to do to Americans
    They refuse to work with anyone on the other side
    And, John Boenher should be embarrassed for his leading of that party
    He should also watch out for Cantor, that guy is a snake, both of these guys are sooooo low, they need ladders to get back up to the bottom
    VOTE BOTH OUT OF OFFICE

    May 17, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. mms55

    carl rove is a traitor.he was the one who outed valarie phlam and we all know it.he should be behind bars.

    May 17, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. InlandEmperor

    Thank goodness this president will not stand by and let the jive perpertrated by the authors of our Bush "lite" ...neocon...Karl Rove...inspired financial crisis spew their stuff unchallenged.

    May 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Spockish

    "Republican economic policy between 2001 and 2009 created 50 straight months of record economic growth." is a BALD-FACED LIE. As I said, "here come the lies".

    May 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. GBfromOhio

    We were losing 750K jobs a month when Obama took over, now adding 200K a month, Dow was at 7000 now at 13,000, American auto industry saved, Bin Laden taken out ... these are all indisputable facts that can easily be researched and verified ... why on earth would anyone want to stop the recovery and hand the reins back over to the protectors of the rich who got us into this mess in the first place? Success and free enterprise is great, greed and ransacking this country is NOT.

    May 17, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Scot

    They did it to Kerry with their lies with the swift boat crap why are we amazed that they are doing it now. The American public believes everything they see on the tube or listens to on AM radio again why are we suprised !

    May 17, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Justamused

    What is Rove still doing out of JAIL.

    May 17, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. bear

    Rove is more despicable than Cheney.

    May 17, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Zippy

    I used to work for Rove back in the 80s. I can tell you this... he does not care for America or Americans. He has nothing but contempt for regular people. He loves the strategy game, and he cares about winning... anyway he can. If you don't like the style of campaigning for the last 20 years, it is almost solely because of him. He wants the power, but does not want the hassles of actually running for an office. He likes to be the man behind the scenes... pulling the strings and whispering in his puppets ear.

    May 17, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. DeeNYC

    Rove is morally and physically repulsive and has done nothing but lie and fool the feeble minded for the rich. got millions of mentally challenged americans to vote for Bush twice.

    May 17, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Gonculator

    *** Scott

    Lets face it Obama has done very little or nothing for this country except arm the drug cartels, destroy this countries Credit rating.......

    The credit rating was the Republican tea party disaster.
    Your lie wont change that fact.

    May 17, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. The Real BS is OBAMA

    "Karl Rove is relying on you to do nothing to call out his B.S., and I know you'll prove him wrong."

    Obama's team is no better.

    Let me tackle these one by one.

    1) Homeowner aid. The Crossroads ad went too far, in my opinion. Obama has made some effort to do this, although I would personally disagree with his choice on going about it. But Rove does have a point. If you're looking to help homeowners and all you're doing is giving them a few thousand dollars like Obama is, they're still under water and still in the same fiscal position for the most part.

    2) Taxes. Cutter and Obama camp is being dumb here. They did raise taxes, that taxation is just going to be implemented after the election when Obamacare would have gone into effect. You don't sign for a new car with no down payment and think "I just got this car for free!" That's is Obama Camp's logic here.

    3) This is such a clear and accurate look into why THIS PRESIDENT IS FAILING. Obamacare makes the fiscally sound choice for businesses to stop issuing health insurance, pay the fine and save money. Obama just doesn't understand how the market will react to this. It isn't a petri dish.

    The worst part is that MIDDLE CLASS WILL BE HURT MOST. Because highly skilled labor will continue to be catered to with excellent benefits to attract the best workers, they will be able to have the option that Obama thinks everyone will have.

    In reality, unskilled labor will probably lose their company health benefits as it makes the most sense for the company, financially speaking. Pay the fine, save the money, and be able to attract quality-enough workers. So yes, if Obamacare were to become enacted (I doubt it) then millions would gradually see their health benefits stripped as companies shed that monetary weight to become competitive, which will cause their competition to follow suit.

    Obama doesn't understand this or doesn't want to acknowledge it.

    4). Obama's defit plan was shot down in the DEMOCRATICALLY CONTROLLED SENATE 99 to 0. Not one Democrat supported the leader of their party because his plan is that bad. They're saying he has a plan. True. It's just not a good plan and everyone but him knows it.

    May 17, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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