Crossroads quick to announce spot attacking president on economy
July 6th, 2012
11:24 AM ET
2 years ago

Crossroads quick to announce spot attacking president on economy

Washington (CNN) - An independent group co-founded by Karl Rove says it's going up with a new TV commercial that highlights what it claims are President Barack Obama's excuses for the bad economy.

Crossroads GPS said Friday that the spot is the first wave of a $25 million ad buy starting July 10 and running through early August. The group says the ad will air on network TV in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, all important swing states that both Democrats and Republicans will heavily contest in presidential election.

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Crossroads GPS put out an email release touting the ad about an hour after the release by the Labor Department of a disappointing June jobs report.

"America's jobless rate is still too high. Barack Obama's got lot of excuses for the bad economy," says the narrator in the spot.

The ad then includes clips that include the president saying "headwinds coming from Europe," and "we've had a string of bad luck."

"But Obama never blames Washington's wild spending and skyrocketing debt. Tell Obama, for real job growth, cut the debt. Support the New Majority Agenda at New Majority Agenda dot Org," says the narrator at the end of the spot.

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization to American Crossroads, the independent super PAC that backs GOP causes and candidates. Crossroads GPS has spent tens of millions of dollars to run advocacy ads in the race for the White House that are critical of the president and in support of GOP lawmakers and candidates in crucial Senate contests.

The new spot also includes a clip of Obama saying "we've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades." The ad uses the clip as what they say is another excuse the president is making for the state of economy.

The president made the comment last November in response to a question about how foreign investors viewed the United States. When listening to the rest of his remarks, Obama seemed to be describing U.S. business practices as "lazy," rather than American workers or voters. The comments appeared to be taken out of context when they were used in a TV ad for Texas Gov. Rick Perry's failed campaigns for the GOP nomination.


Filed under: Crossroads GPS • Jobs • President Obama
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. falcon615

    Padraig, Obama passed the Healt Care Act, which he campaigned on. That was huge. And you know what, it took so long because he wanted to work with and compromise with the GOP minority. He took out the Public Option, INFURIATING liberals. He added the funding mandate at the GOP's request to pay for it. He took out wording and legislation to help the LGTB community, upsetting them. They went back and forth. He tried to work with the GOP, make them happy. In the end, everyone screamed over it and he passed it last minute, but he passed it. Likewise, he negotiated and compromised in good faith on issues, which he was snubbed. He was naive. The last two years, he hasn't had a majority– the senate now requires 60 votes to take up an issue, and Boehner won't take up any White House bills. Nothing has truly been done now. And those first two years- look at all the filibusters. So you can point to those 2 years all you like, but dems tried to play nice– and naivette was word of the day. Obama is finally fighting back.

    July 6, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. znHcats

    This guy get rich by obstruction and lies; and he got the ears of Bush and his donors . How sad!
    Obama is far from prefect, but vote for another republican to WH will be putting us and the country down further to hell.

    July 6, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. California Gary

    By golly, if we would just go back to the GOP policies that had us losing over 700,000 jobs a month when Obama took office.......then everything would be ok. The logic behind the GOP's argument escapes me......maybe because there is none!

    July 6, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. demsrules

    It takes a complete idiot to think that the President can undo the backfired crap of the Bush era, in three and a half years. Rove, Trump, Kochs and etc. are all dealing in funny money politics and are looking for a seat at the Oval Office desk with Willard! He still has not released his taxes and information on all of his off shore accounts and investments including the mystery money dumped into his wife's offshore account. While he's investing in foreign banks, the Obama's are investing in America! Even Republicans have shunned him and criticized his weaknesses as a candidate. That's why Santorum is not stomping for him during this campaign. I guess Santorum and Paul were the only two out of the original eight candidates who had some scruples!

    July 6, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Jim

    The reason that Obama never blames Washington's wild spending and skyrocketing debt is because history tells us that deficit spending is a relatively effective recession-fighting tool.

    July 6, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Mark in Florida

    It is funny that you mention Bush's last 3 years in office. 2 of those 3 years the House and the Senate were controlled by Democrats. With the exception of Padraig you all want to bash the previous administration while giving the current administration a pass. I think it is sad that some people can't even admit that President Obama has done anything good besides giving the order to kill Bin Laden. I also think it is sad and even dangerous that other's can't admit that he has done anything wrong.

    July 6, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Elan

    @Hindsight 20/20: Actually, the Republican House has passed a plethora of jobs bills over the last two years – each one has been denied by the Democrat Senate. Sounds like the Democrats are the obstructionists to me.

    July 6, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. KCS

    All capitalists need to bring jobs back to USA, do not be greedy to send jobs overseas on cheap labor

    July 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. IceMan

    Democrats don't have a Karl Rove. We don't have a Grover Norquist. We didn't have a Lee Atwater. Tells you something.

    July 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Scott

    Obama is to blame for all the jobs loses at the end of the Bush term..........companies panicked because they knew Obama was coming and that same uncertainty remains today :P

    July 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Spaghetti Monster (Not to be confused with the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster)

    Ah, let the season of attack ads, cold calls and junk mail begin. I love politics. "We can't defeat this Dem/Rep/Ind/Person/Alien on the issues, so let's just tear them down." American politics at it's finest. If these people did the jobs they were elected to, they wouldn't need to run all these ads because you'd know what they'd accomplished!

    July 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Dan

    Okay. 25 MILLION dollars for ads. Wonder how many jobs could have been created with 25 Million? Not to mention the HUNDREDS of millions these people pump into campains? It would sure be nice to have all the funds go to something that was actually helpful. Trickle down economics is how we honestly got here in the first place. Do these people have ANY idea what the wars in the middle east have actually cost us? Not just in money but in the lives of our military men and women.

    July 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. America Beautiful--Minus GOP/TP

    Yes, Obama is the GOD. Make him UNdo and built in mountain on top of huge hole Bush had dig in for us–in 4 years while GOP/TP obstruct every move including what they always agreeded in the past. Every responsible thinking person (wow! that excludes a lot of people in red states) must re-elect Obama and allow him to keep building our beautiful country.

    July 6, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. David

    Karl Rove: These Bush guys are not finished destroying US. They want another Prez who is a Crown like Bush to finish the Job they started 10 years ago, took over a country paying it debt and gave it away to the rich guys! now they want to give more to the rich guys gain! seriously!!!! and Blame Obama Game!

    July 6, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Ronincalif

    It all bush's fault. When ou lose it will be your fault.

    July 6, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Owen

    Padraig, the congress passed the stimulis package which DID work. Just look at the job hiring that took place early in Obama's administration while the stimulis package was in effect. Once the stimulis money ran out aid stopped flowing to the states. The states then laid off over 600,000 employees including teachers, firefighters and police officers. Taking 600,000 jobs out of the economy reduces consumer demand, which means slower job growth. Since the swearing in of the 112th congress there has only been one bill passed that would help add jobs to the economy, the Transportation Bill. That bill was only passed last week. So, what else has congress accomplished in the last year and a half? What do you think the president can accomplish without support from congress, absolutely nothing.

    July 6, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Obama seemed to be describing U.S. business practices as "lazy," rather than American workers or voters."

    And he'd be right. But hey, what else would we expect at this point? The words Crossroads, Rove, Luntz, Limbaugh, Beck, Republican and Tea Party are all synonymous with LIAR at this point.

    July 6, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Quick to attack. Slow to come up with solutions and ideas.

    July 6, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Patrick Lewis

    This BS is not free speech. Free speech is what I do if I go out on a street corner with a megaphone. This is some guy hiding behind a wall, in a mask paying another guy who is behind another wall and wearing another mask to shout into a microphone while a speaker situated on the street corner repeats what he says OVER and OVER.

    Karl Rove is a traitor and a war criminal. Why is he not in jail?

    July 6, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "So you can point to those 2 years all you like"

    Ted Kennedy passed away in August 2009. The Dems did NOT have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate for 2 years. Don't give the liars a free pass.

    July 6, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Scott

    Dan-When you spend 25 million on ads it saves or creates jobs..........DUH

    July 6, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. ghost1959

    Karl Rowe should be in Jail end of story. If you believe what he says, than I have some land for sale in a Galaxy far far away.

    July 6, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Obama is to blame for all the jobs loses at the end of the Bush term..........companies panicked because they knew Obama was coming and that same uncertainty remains today "

    And Pudding Pops are made from the magic chocolate mud that flows from Candy Mountain!

    July 6, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. rocks

    Name any – Medical, engineering, manufacturing, administration jobs are all overseas. Who you blame for that.

    July 6, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. skytag

    Crossroads GPS exemplifies Republicans' willingness to mislead and deceive people with rhetoric and propaganda, if not outright lies. Those people are real weasels.

    July 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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