Super PAC's reported anti-Obama ad sparks backlash, quick denial
May 17th, 2012
05:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Super PAC's reported anti-Obama ad sparks backlash, quick denial

Washington (CNN) – Predictions of super PAC-fueled campaign ugliness seemed to come to reality on Thursday when reports broke of a potential conservative group's ad campaign aimed at tying President Barack Obama to a controversy put to rest nearly four years ago.

But conservative billionaire Joe Ricketts decided against a proposal from GOP strategists that would bring up once again Obama's association with the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a super PAC director said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Jeremiah Wright • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Angel

    Boycott TD Ameritrade. Support Chicago White Sox.

    May 17, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. labman57

    Conservatives continue to insist that their vehement hatred and unparalleled disrespect for Obama has no racial basis whatsoever, indignantly declaring "stop pulling the race card" whenever an Obama supporter points to evidence suggesting otherwise.

    And then yet another FOX News commentator, conservative strategist, tea party pundit, or right wing blogger steps up to the plate ...

    May 17, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. enuff

    Does this mean that we've finally hit a point when people have enough sense to say "enough" to bullies like Karl Rove? the billionaire can afford to... will Romney follow suit or just claim plausible deniability?

    May 17, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama already dealt with this. Why would they bring this up again unless they are really desperate.

    May 17, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Nothing is too sleazy for Republican political efforts. When you can buy your candidates the uber-rich get to make the rules – the same rules they use in their corporate dealings. Ethics and honor are words they've never considered and greed is accepted as a virtue. The right-wing radicals promote disgusting and dishonest behavior – just like the "swift boat" lies they used against an actual war hereo.

    May 17, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Romney is known for dirty politics and manipulations based on bigotry and lies. His denial of involvement in the plot is typical of this corporate weasel. The Koch brothers bought a guy only a fat-cat could love.

    May 17, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    I don't TRUST robme – he doesn't have spine enough to do anything except slime his opponents, republican and democrat.

    He'll sign the order to attack Iran if anyone puts the piece of paper in front of him. Can we afford another war? They don't even want to pay for the two previous ones.

    May 17, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. sunRise

    "I can reduce spending. I can create jobs." ....Has anyone heard how Mitt is going to do that?

    May 18, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. fernace

    Jeremiah Wright!? The GOTP is truly reaching to find dirt on Obama! Why don't they explain how their budget cuts & policy changes will help the American people!? We'd like to know how they would do things differently! But, nevermind, it's obvious that all they're concerned w/is getting Obama out of office! The GOP has been Tea-jacked & make no sense anymore!!

    May 18, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  10. Name Mike

    Didn't mitt just have something about a pastor at a gop gathereing.

    May 18, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  11. Marie MD

    I don't know whether to believe that the sociorobully didn't know about it because it's obvious he can't make a decision and stick with nor can he stand up when a gay man in his campaign is fired because he is gay (grennel not the flip flopper, then again . . . .)
    The ad in MD spoke of the President's healthcare reform. Are they forgetting that the flip flopper did the same in MA? I really and truly don't see any one subject that this guy was against or for before and that can't be turned around to bite him in that skinny white butt of his in those expensive daddy jeans.

    May 18, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. tony

    Republicans are satan's spoiled brats me me me me and my rich friends to hell with the rest you that's their mentality, and i hope voters send them packing come november.

    May 18, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
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