Similarities seen between 2008 Obama ad, 2012 RNC video
June 9th, 2012
02:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Similarities seen between 2008 Obama ad, 2012 RNC video

(CNN) - If a web video released by the Republican National Committee on Friday looked familiar, no, that's not an old link from four years ago.

The web video, which hits President Barack Obama's comment on Friday that the "private sector's doing fine," bears certain similarities to an economy-themed television advertisement produced by the Obama campaign in 2008.

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Both videos open with headlines showcasing economic and employment troubles.

Then, text on the 2012 RNC video asks, "And President Obama says?" The 2008 Obama ad read, "And John McCain says?"

Each features a candidate making what his opponent considered an appraisal out of sync with voters' views on the economy.

"The private sector is doing fine," Obama says in the RNC video. He made the comment to reporters at the White House on Friday, also saying, "Keep in mind that the private sector has been hiring at a solid pace over the last 27 months. But one of the biggest weaknesses has been state and local governments, which have laid off 450,000 Americans. These are teachers and cops and firefighters."

In the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain, then the Republican presidential nominee, told voters in Florida, "The fundamentals of the economy are strong." That part appeared in Obama's television ad, while the rest of the sentence - "but these are very, very difficult times," did not.

McCain went on to walk back the statement in television appearances, including a debate just over a week later. He acknowledged "we've got fundamental problems in the system," but said he was pointing to "a fundamental belief in the goodness and strength of the American worker."

To underscore the point, the ad repeats the video clip, before asking "how can [our opponent] fix the economy if he doesn't understand" that it's broken.

The 2008 30-second Obama spot ran on television in "key states," the Obama campaign said at the time, but the RNC has offered no indication it will buy time for its 39-second video.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • John McCain • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    The worst scenario-stocks did not fall. Yes, economy gradually recuperating...yes, OBAMA2012.
    PS: first term is Bush clean up, second term economy. Nation needs to clean up congress idiots.

    June 9, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Tony

    Wow, Republicans remember things from before Obama!! I wonder why they cannot remember that they campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010?

    June 9, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Romney was wrong to intimate that Teachers, Firefighters, and Policemen are NOT American in his attack on Obama, he says we should spend our resources on the American people, NOT Teachers, Firefighters or Policemen!!

    June 9, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. CBR

    These ads going back and forth these days are just quick retorts pro or con toward a candidate. They just skim the surface and so they are not effective. Mr. Romney makes headlines because he would cut back government but he does not explain how he will do this. If he is going to lay off government workers then the unemployment figure will soar. Is he willing to tell Congress that their costs for manning their offices, etc. need to be cut? Exactly what will he do? Everything has been sound bites and rebuttals. Let's hear the truth for a change.

    June 9, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Charlie

    Obama has to be a Moron. Does he really think the only people fired were Cops, Fire Fighters, and Teachers. Is he so dumb he doesn't realize they make up about 1% of the government workforce?

    June 10, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Peace

    Republicans remember this McCain ad. Are they pretending they do not remember who crashed and messed up the economy. I have to remind them and others: It was them.

    June 10, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Jason P

    The economy is doing better now than it was 4yrs ago, no thanks to the republicans! I remember Mitt Romney said he misses being able to FIRE PEOPLE!

    June 10, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Tony

    It is time to bring back the Bain Capital picture with Romney and friends holding dollar bills in their mouths! Democrats, run ads with Romney saying that he is "not concerned about the very poor" and he likes to fire people! We will see who is out-of-touch!

    June 10, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Billy

    Yeah, Obama just went on 1and 1/2 Trillion dollar spending spree to his cronies and raised the national debt 6 Trillion to G W Bush's 3 Trillion.

    June 10, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Phil

    Maybe the ads are the same because the issue is still the same... which points to a bigger problem: 4 years later, and nobody did squat to fix it... just made it worse. Washington, you are the problem. Bureaucrats, red tape, agencies, applications... way too many mother-may-I's and intricate hoops to jump through to please the bureaucracies and agencies. Get out of the way.

    June 10, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Jack V

    The problem is the folks that hate Obama don't let things like facts get in their way. That's what happens when you get your information from those failed dj's that populate AM radio.

    June 10, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Speaking of Idiots

    Hey Gurgyl, you said nation needs to clean up Congress idiots, right?! Obama, prior to his current position was a US Senator and thus one of those idiots that helped create the mess. The Nation will clean up this mess by ridding us of that idiot in November with the election of Mitt.

    June 10, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. MSNBC Kool Aid

    Hey JackV, the perfect example of a MSNBC 'useful idiot'!

    June 10, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Bren

    Voters in Wisconsin–AND two of the largest voting districts in California–sent a clear message. They do not want their tax dollars being used to pay for Obama's public union workers/voters. But, as usual-Obama did not get the "message". On Friday, Obama said he wants even MORE tax payers' money used to hire even more of Obama's public union workers/voters. Just like what happened in the 2010 "shellacking"–Obama and the Democrats will understand the "message", when Obama is booted out of office in November!!

    June 10, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Gimmeabreak!

    Dear Gurgyl, what we REALLY need is fewer brain-dead Obama zombies like YOU! You obviously know squat about how the world works!

    June 10, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Pete

    You republicans don't know this,but I'll let you in on a nasty little secret.Those unions that you're scuffing at run this economy,wether you like it or not!If unions cashed in their pension,annuities portfolios,Wall Street would go bust,its a fact not to many economists like to point out,but its the truth,we run WallStreet..So don't be so ignorent ,so arrogent when talking to your REAL MASTERS,THE UNIONS"

    June 10, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |

    that is exactly where they need to start the cutting. you never hear anything about cutting in the houses.there are too many chiefs and not enough indians

    June 10, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. T'sah From Virginia

    Voters in Wisconsin–AND two of the largest voting districts in California–sent a clear message. They do not want their tax dollars being used to pay for Obama's public union workers/voters. ◄

    I think you got this wrong – over 60% of Wisconsin voters were "against" a RECALL, that is what prevailed. Are you aware of the exit polls??? On top of that, the Democrats put the same candidate – Barrett – against the person who already beat him, Walker; the voters did not see a "difference." Also, are you aware that the voters also recalled a Republican senator and put a Democrat in the house; that will now allow the Democrats to have control of the Senate. So what message did the voters really send to Walker???

    President Obama will win Wisconsin and the White House again in 2012 – Yes We Can!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    June 10, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Thomas

    We need Privet teachers , privet police , privet firefighters, privet milatary , privet car elevators , privet parks and museums!

    It will make America strong again.

    Romney the Future is mine 2012 !

    June 10, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Sue

    Anyone who thinks that the voters in Wisconsin that voted for Walker, are going to turn around and vote for Obama-needs to wake up!! Those who participated in the exit polls are messing with the media/pollsters--just like they did "before" the recall election.....They messed with the media/pollsters-which made the media think/claim that it was going to be a "close, neck-to-neck" result. However, those who gave the false information in the polls-saying that they were supporting Barrett were actually very smart. They knew that the Obama supporting, liberal media would not have given this recall vote the attention/air time/exposure it deserved, if they thought that a Walker win was a guarantee!! The liberal media only reported/gave this air time--because they actually thought that there was a chance that Barrett could win!!

    June 10, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |

    i think it should be left to each state forall local fire ,medical,police and teachers. the gov.has their hands in too much of state issues to start with.that is one of the problems already. it is a shame that all we have to pick from are all evils and no goods

    June 10, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Pander Bear

    Hmm, well actually the economy is in much better shape than it was when Obama took office. Yes the last couple of jobs reports have been disappointing but when they were strong, the GOP said they weren't strong enough. can't have it both ways.

    And McCain's brilliant prognostication took place about a week before the entire economy took a dump. Not very prescient.

    It's pretty obvious that the GOP has nothing to offer so are only going to try and tear Obama down between now and November. Don't buy into it.

    June 10, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Mike in Texas

    Actually Sue, all the voters who voted for Walker aren't going to vote for Romney. New Jersey voted for Christie, but Obama is going to win New Jersey. Virginia voted for McDonnell but Obama won Virginia in 2008. Every state that votes for a governor of one party doesn't always vote for the same party for President. Sue, it is simple minded thinking like yours that is the problem of the Republican party. You do not know how to drill down on issues but rather use simplistic time correlations to determine cause. Time correlation is the laziest form of causation. One assumes one is responsible for an act because to independent events happened at the same time and the only explanation that could be made for the causation is time.

    Example, The New York Yankees did not win a World Series while George W Bush was President. The Yankees won World Series in 2000 and 2009, the last season during Clinton's presidency and the first of Obama's. Based on time correlation, it is GW's fault the Yankees didn't win a World Series. Of course this is absurd, but so are some claims made by Romney and other Republicans.

    June 10, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Chris B

    I want the plastic candidate. I want Romney.

    He will say what the people want to hear, is devoid of humanity(will help make faster decisions), and is brilliantly indifferent.

    Brought to you by Carl's Jr.

    June 10, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Len

    Keep listening to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, who are millinonaires and not creating jobs, because they are not always truthful. Low information voters listen to them and vote against their own interests.
    If Romney wins and you voted for him, please make sure your son, daughter, and grandchildren enlist in the army because we will be at war within a year. We are tired of fighting your wars, so please be responsible and make sure your children are patriotic instead of sitting on the sidelines!!!!

    June 10, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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