June 20th, 2012
09:56 AM ET
2 years ago

New ad keeps 'doing fine' in the spotlight

(CNN) - A major conservative organization, Americans for Prosperity, became the latest group Wednesday to capitalize on President Barack Obama's line that the "private sector is doing fine," with an ad in six presidential battleground states.

Backed by what they say is a $5.5 million ad buy, the AFP spot weaves the president's June 8th line with economic statistics and narration.

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"How can the president be so out of touch?" the narrator in the spot says while the screen reads "40 straight months of unemployment above 8%." "How can he fix the economy if he doesn't know what's wrong?" the narrator continues.

Obama made the statement at a press conference while saying the private sector added 4.3 million jobs in the past 27 months, compared to the performance of the public sector that he said was not at the same level.

He clarified the remark later in the day following heavy criticism from those on the other side of the political aisle.

"It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine," Obama said.

Mitt Romney, his campaign and the super PAC supporting his candidacy are among those who have attacked the president for the gaffe.

AFP said the latest commercial, which will run over the next ten days in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is part of $20 million spent since last fall criticizing Obama administration policies.

"Our new ad demonstrates just how far removed the president is from the real economy," AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement. "The fact is the private sector is severely hampered by the specter of rising taxes and new regulations."

The group that receives funding from the millionaire Koch brothers unveiled plans Tuesday, including ads, to influence Senate campaigns in Montana, Nevada, Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin and Virginia that will tie Democratic senators to the president.

– CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Obama needs to be out on the street shouting "All is well" as the people run him down getting to the uncemployment line. Liberals are easy to work with just put them out in the pasture and they will spend the day swatting flies with their tails and eating grass.

    June 20, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. PVS

    the GOP's only fuel is the same tired old manufactured outrage.

    June 20, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Darryl - Thats just takeing that comment out of contex.
    Luke Brown - This is completely taken out of context
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    It is absolutely NOT being taken out of context. It is EXACTLY what Obama thinks is true. He thinks that just because the greatest economy on the planet is creating a meagher number of jobs, that everything is fine. Also, his point was that GOVERNMENT HIRING needed a "stimulus plan" and more government money in order to keep states and cities from letting union workers they can't afford go. The fact is that Obama thinks the government can just keep borrow and spending money to get the economy back to where it was and that is complete insanity.

    June 20, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama needs to ask the 20 million unemployed and under employed just "how fine" things are. What he is saying is that record high unemployment is now the "new norm". How you liking THAT "Hope & Change" America?!!

    June 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. MIDave

    Really here nor there. Impeachment should be in process by November for Obama's approval of the gun walking scheme that lead to the murder of ATF Agent Brian Terry.

    June 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Wade

    Amazing that no matter this guy does, you libs will make excuses for him.

    June 20, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. nolimits3333

    If not for the loss of government jobs, unemployment would be below 6%.

    June 20, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Charles

    The unemployment rate would be much lower if the repug govoners were not layinbg off teachers, fire fighters and police.

    June 20, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Senor Ed

    If we're taking comments out of context, how about "I like to fire people", or "I'm not concerned about the very poor". I

    June 20, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Paul_I

    Obama's reference to the private sector actually was too broadly worded. He should have been more careful to refer to the private sector corporate titans who are doing better than they have ever done.

    June 20, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Norm

    These GOPhers have money to burn.
    And thats's pretty much what they're doing with it.
    Think of all the millions wasted on the GOP circus clowns that have already dropped out of the race.
    Now add the countless millions being spent to see Romney lose.
    We could have paid off our national debt by now.
    These pigs have millions to flush down the tube but don't even try to talk about raising their taxes.
    Disgusting..........

    June 20, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Reggie from LA

    I surely wish that whenever that "gaffe" is being used, the entire comment and context would be in place cuz otherwise, idiots who are not interested in the whole story will continue to propagate falsehoods. Ooops. I'm sorry. I hope I didn't offend any idiots who dine intellectually on sound bites and have commnented here.

    June 20, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Jhonny Boy

    High uelnemployment wouldnt be here if the GOP followed through on there 2010 promise of "JOBs"!!! All the GOP wants is to take down te president instea of working with him. And all there doing is playing more blame game and no solutions

    June 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    wasn't gas supposed to be 5 or 6 dollars a gallon this summer? That's what Trump and a few other Republicans claimed.

    June 20, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Didn't he also say this MULTIPLE TIMES???

    June 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Indy

    Bend Over:

    It is absolutely NOT being taken out of context. It is EXACTLY what Obama thinks is true. He thinks that just because the greatest economy on the planet is creating a meagher number of jobs, that everything is fine

    And now you can read the Presidents mind and you are telling the truth in your own mind right ? I was HOPING you left this site but you just CHANGEed your name. Things are slow at the Fox News research center today so you had to chime in on CNN

    June 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. nancy

    if they don't get the private sector commerical off the air i am going to vote for obama just to spite romney for paying so much money for airing this commerical every 10 minuites. don't insult my interlligence by having to say it over and over and over...this is not sesame street...

    June 20, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    once upon a horse
    The GOP wants the economy to do better and more jobs for the American people, BUT they want that not only after the November elections but also if Romney happens to win. Then if that happens you'll see those right wing CEOs that are sitting on trillions of dollars in profits open up their wallets a bit and start hiring.
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    This is so not correct or even plausible I am amazed every time it is repeated. First off, CEO's are focused very clearly on making their companies successful. Every month, every quarter and every year. Every one of them. That's what they do. So if they can make their business more successful by hiring more employees, that is exactly what they will do. It's just how things work.

    However, if they are not sure about the ability of the company to handle the extra financial burden of an increased payroll because the tax, regulatory or economic situation for next quarter or next year is not clear, this can cause them to delay making a commitment by hiring. This again is a business decision, not a political conspiracy. And this is where a President who understands business decisions can make a huge difference in our economy. He knows what makes CEO's approve hiring and he knows it is not a political but a business decision. He knows they want to see clearly what is ahead for them and he will do what is necessary to give them confidence in that. Mitt Romney knows how to manage government to give CEO's confidence to make decisions to hire and grow.

    June 20, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Take Responsibility For Your Failures

    PVS
    the GOP's only fuel is the same tired old manufactured outrage.
    June 20, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
    ------------------------------------------------- PVS, what is tiring is hearing that it's everyone else's fault instead of taking responsibility for failed/failing policies. It's Bush's fault, the Tea Party's fault, the GOP's fault, Congress' fault, big business, banks, car companies, lenders, Bush, Bush, Bush...who am I missing? Obama blames everyone else for his mistakes. THAT is what is old.

    June 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. marcia

    this is one strange man!

    June 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Davis

    Funny how the left and right use these sound bites. Mitt is labeled out of touch and now it looks like Obama is, too. The two party system is a scam. We all are paying for it.

    June 20, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Anon-i-mouse

    The thing is, the PRIVATE sector IS doing just fine. Record profits and things are sailing quite well. The unemployment is so high because of the massive layoffs in the PUBLIC sector. State and Local governments have been shedding jobs like crazy and that is what's keeping the unemployment rate high. If the GOP has their way and the federal budget is cut to the bone, guess what – HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT. Cutting the federal budget means cutting jobs. You can't have it both ways.

    June 20, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Walter

    The libs can scream and squawk all they want, the fact is Obama said and it will be coming up over and over to let voters know how out of touch he really is (not that most us didn't know the first year of his disastrous presidency.)

    June 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    Amazing that no matter this guy does, you thugs will rip him to shreds.

    June 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. sam

    The word 'gaffe' is like a red flag that tells you an article is about grown ups acting like children. 'Mistake' is ok, but once you see 'gaffe', it immediately brings to mind grown ups wearing baby clothing going 'neener neener!'

    June 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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