Obama campaign pushes back against 'doing fine' attacks in new ad
June 25th, 2012
02:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign pushes back against 'doing fine' attacks in new ad

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election team is going up with a new campaign commercial in key battleground states that pushes back against Republican attacks over his statement that the private sector's "doing fine."

The TV ad starts with the president expressing empathy on the economy, saying "I've talked to folks, in rope lines, in coffee shops, people who've been out of work. You can tell it wears on them."

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The narrator in the spot then touts Obama's efforts on the economy, saying "He's fought to pull us out of economic crisis for three years, and he still is. President Obama's plan keeps taxes down for the middle class. He invests in education, and asks the wealthy to pay their fair share."

The ad then pushes back on Republican challenger Mitt Romney, with the narrator adding that "Mitt Romney and his billionaire allies can spend millions to distort the President's words, but they're not interested in rebuilding the middle class, he is."

The president's "doing fine" comments, which Obama made on June 8, where quickly maligned by the Romney campaign and by other Republicans. The words were used against the president in TV ads by the Romney campaign and by two independent groups supporting Romney's White House bid.

The Obama campaign says the new spot will run in Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Florida.

The Obama team has bought $17.65 million worth of ad time through July 2nd ($12.8 million in the 9 states and an additional $4.85 million bought last week in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia).

Team Obama is enjoying an almost 5-1 spending advantage in ads over the Romney campaign. By July 2nd it will have spent at least $64.4 million in its general election ad campaign as compared to $13.4 million for Team Romney, which so far has bought time only through Tuesday. But pro-Romney independent groups have greatly outspent pro-Obama groups to run ads during the same time period.

Word of the new Obama campaign ad was first reported by the Huffington Post.


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  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    The TV ad starts with the president expressing empathy on the economy, saying "I've talked to folks, in rope lines, in coffee shops, people who've been out of work. You can tell it wears on them."
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    So the Obama ad starts out with a BLATANT LIE!!! Rope lines??? Where has Obama come into contact with random unscreened people?!! Are they doing rope lines at the Hollywood celebrity dinners? That is the only place Obama has been hanging out lately!!

    June 25, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Is Obama telling that little girl that he is saddlling her and all her little buddies in that picture with hundreds of thousands of DEBT that they will have to repay, along with interest??? Or is he promising her lollipops for life that will be paid for by the evil rich people down the street?

    June 25, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    The fact that President Obama authorized US Work Permits to illegal immigrant children (up to the age of 30) more than proves that he does believe the Private Sector is "doing just fine". Obviously he doesn't realize that there are not that many jobs to go around in the Private Sector. So now we are going to have those illegal immigrants with work permits fighting for the few jobs that Americans are fighting to get. Unless, Obama is planning on hiring those illegal immigrants with work permits to work government jobs?

    June 25, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Yes, it is doing fine. OK. My work place is hiring. Lot of IT is hiring. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    June 25, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. chuck weidemann

    What would anyone who supports Romney know about any kind of line....they have the hired help do all the everyday shopping....paying below minimum wage I'm sure. The only stores they visit are Tiffiny or the like!!!

    June 25, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Say_Nothing -Do_Nothing_Flip_n_Flopper VULTURE CAPITALIST

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe is NOT even saying anything about the economy...all he is saying is Obama is BAD, I'll do better! What a scam?...Tell us what is Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe on fixing the economy?!!!

    Before you gather your Teabagging thoughts together; I'll tell you what Etch-A-Sketch Mitt Robme"s NO-PLAN Plan; pass the Ryan's budget to decimate the middle-class and quadrubble the deficits, cut medicare and social security, PASS TRILLIONS OF MORE TAX CUTS on top of GW Bush Tax CUTs to pay back the Koch Brother's and Andelson/SuperPACs, Fire MORE TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND EMERGENCY WORKERS, START new WARS with IRAN & SYRIA, AND POSSIBLY RUSSIA...SHIP more JOBS to CHINA & INDIA as a VULTURE CAPITALIST, Implement "show your papers" AZ Immigration law as the law of the United States, veto the Dream ACT, Repeal RomneyCare and pretty much GW BUSH on STEROIDS!!!!!

    Ask Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe what he is going to do to fix the economy?...Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe IS NOT Saying Anything but just parroting whatever Karl Rove & the Koch Brother's is feeding him like a puppet!!

    President Obama – 2012

    June 25, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    GOP idiots are nothing but CULT. True. Bin Laden dead, GM alive, Healthcare passed, roads are lot better, no war with Iran. Mitt is nasty idiot, flip-flop.

    June 25, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Hussein the Communist

    ObamaCare is history. The delusioned democrats are going down big time. 2010 Midterms, Scott Walker, The referendum continues...................

    June 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Enough is Enough

    "He invests in education", not. You are either prochild or proteachers union but you can't be both. Obama's made his choice and it's the wrong one.

    June 25, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. chuck weidemann

    People need to live in the real world when talking about work permitted aliens taking away jobs from Americans....when is the last time you picked anything in a field or dug a ditch ,or mixed a bag of concrete???? Get real you who are so blind and don't want to see!!!!!

    June 25, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. w l jones

    The economic is durning fine any and every city USA bumber to bumber every morning and afternoon mean people going and coming from work. Those car do not run on air.so we have enough resoure in our country to weather storm untile Europe economy begin to move. Bless.

    June 25, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Ben

    More proof (as if we needed it) that the Regime is completely out of touch with the people.

    June 25, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Romney is not My Hero

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE AKA Myviewis AKA Four and the Door AKA Truth and Nothing but the Truth

    I like the name Four and the Door. Why don't you just stick with that name?

    June 25, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Robert

    The largest problem in our area is that there are jobs posted by the hundreds, but no housing for people coming here to fill them. Eastern New Mexico is in an oil boom, and everyone looking for a job gets one. The only expections are those failing pre-employment drug screenings. We would love to have people to come fill these openings, but they had better plan on living in an RV for the forseeable future.

    June 25, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Seriously?

    Is Obama telling that little girl that he is saddlling her and all her little buddies in that picture with hundreds of thousands of DEBT that they will have to repay, along with interest???
    *********************
    It would be just great for you, I guess, if everybody actually believed the lie that Obama created all of this debt all by himself. If you would ever actually check your facts, you might be surprised by the actual amount of debt was run up by your Republican friends in the previous administration. Do you even know those figures? Quick, go Google it right now and look at the debt that 8 years of Republican stewardship created. Wouldn't it be just great for your and people like you if everyone was dumb enough to believe that it was all President Obama's fault. I've got bad news for you, though, we're all not as stupid as you'd hoped.

    June 25, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Is Obama telling that little girl that he is saddlling her and all her little buddies in that picture with hundreds of thousands of DEBT that they will have to repay, along with interest??? Or is he promising her lollipops for life that will be paid for by the evil rich people down the street?"

    Spending roase under Obama by 1.3%. It rose by the following under the last fw Presidents:

    Reagan – 8%+
    GHWB – 4%+
    Clinton – 3%+
    Dubya – 8%+

    So, of course, what we're all wondering is where your voice was during the Dubya Debacle...or perhaps during the Reign of Ronny Raygunz....the two Presidents in the past 40 years who increased spending and deficits more than any other. Or is just that you can't stand that Obama's black? I mean, really, just put it on the table. At least the southern states in the 1850's/60's, 1950's and even now had and have the nuggets to be up front about it. Why's your tail between your legs?

    June 25, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "ObamaCare is history. The delusioned democrats are going down big time. 2010 Midterms, Scott Walker, The referendum continues..................."

    The exact same polling places that showed Scott Walker would win prior to him beating the recall also show Obama with a 7% lead in WI. Care to explain to the class why you believed them when it had to do with Walker, but refuse to believe it when they say it about Obama? Hmmm? Confirmation bias is a helluva drug.

    June 25, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "So the Obama ad starts out with a BLATANT LIE!!! Rope lines??? Where has Obama come into contact with random unscreened people?!! Are they doing rope lines at the Hollywood celebrity dinners? That is the only place Obama has been hanging out lately!!"

    ===

    Anyone care to translate? All I hear anymore when these guys get going is "herpa derpa DERP DERP DERP!!!!"

    June 25, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that there is the disconnect between government creating jobs and it not creating jobs. I have heard many a GOP member say that it is the private sector that creates jobs but touts how much federal money has been brought home to the state or district that creates jobs. Which is it people?

    June 25, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Dean

    This experiment of puting an inexperienced, liberal, black man in the White House has failed miserably.

    June 25, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    C'mon Teatrolls...yo can do better than what I'm seeing today. Seems like you're not even trying today. Are you losing your touch or did the meds kick in? I mean, c'mon, let me help you along since that picture was such a grand opportunity for you to foam at the mouth:

    "OMG, FIGURES...PRESIDENT DARKY WENT RIGHT FOR THE WHITE GIRL WITH THE BLONDE HAIR!!!"

    See? That wasn't so hard, was it? Now, your turn...

    June 25, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. California

    In many ways Obama is the same as Bush.

    June 25, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Why does Mitt Romney keep saying "Repeal and Replace" but never tell us what they will replace it with? It is because they have no plan to replace it. They want health insurance companies to continue the status quo. High premiums and low service.

    June 25, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. jerry

    there is a big difference between acting like a president and being one...big difference and America is becoming aware of this...good buy obama

    June 25, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    We will find out in November. The Liars are figuring and the figures are lying and some are buying it. Is the private sector doing fine? The County here is having to lay off and stretch it's budget. How is it where you are?

    June 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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