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. yogi

    Karl Rove's expertise is cowardness, this man was hiding behind Bush, and now behind the wealthy donors. His advise over the years has been nothing but disaster after disaster on any level whether the it was the two wars, the economy, and now with his attack ads he keeps doing the same. What a sad character.

    July 6, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. streetdude66

    Rove is an evil genius when it comes to campaigning but you cant fool ALL of the People ALL of the time. Despite his spin & deceptions the majority of the voting public now knows that Dubya the self proclaimed Decider was an ignorant Appalachian Amer (moderater wont let me use the "r" word) whether some of the majority admits it or not. The majority of voters know that Obama said it would take 10 years to recover from Dubyas Economy just like in every Recession/Depression. Its going to take al ittle bit more than an ad that is in the realm of another shameless Swift Boat ad this time before the majority anyone takes Rove/GOP seriously. Send in the clowns GOP, send in the clowns

    July 6, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Draka

    The same Karl Rove who brought us "swift_boating and Willie Horton ?

    July 6, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. The Independent

    Experience counts right? listen up Teabillys! I will type this sloooow so you can keep up....Bush was a business man and in the military and we know how that story ended, so now you should be able to figure out the rest even with out a education, if you need help with this just don't watch the Faux news channel.

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. rocks

    The job drain has been going for last 10 plus years, it did not start in 2008. The field I am in has been working on with overseas labor since 2003. You call help desk – end up in India, indonesia, phillipines who knows where. Wake up america. Still paying for Iraq war.

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Romney and the Repubs are trying to "LIE AND BUY" this election. Dont let them.

    Obama 2012

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Mike

    Who's the dirtiest, Rove or Norquist?

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Owen

    Elan, no, the house has passed job KILLING measures that smell a lot like the old Bush policies. According to the Nobel winning Economist Paul Krugman the worst thing you can do in a recession is put in place austerity measures. Just look at Europe and you can see how that experiment has worked. Yes, debt will rise, but the interest on debt right now is nearly 0%. As the economy recovers the tax base will grow as will tax revenue. That is the time to either maintain the same spending levels, or decrease them, in order to reduce the debt.

    July 6, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Nothing needs to be said about Karl Rove – everybody knows he's a dishonest, evil, lap-dog for the rich. What needs to be considered is the millions of Republicans who are comfortable with the "swift boat" politics he represents. You know in your heart he's lying and distorting whatever facts he presents in the attacks. You know how responsible Republicans were for the two wars and the recession – but you continue to allow your Party to blame the President. You claim to be Christians but are you really? Is this what Christians do?

    July 6, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. toyoc

    So much anger on here. Lighten up, Francis. This is how politics always has been. Democrats and Republicans pretending to disagree with each other while the country suffers.

    July 6, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. James PDX

    How does anything founded by that cockroach, Rove, get classified as independent? Regardless of party affiliation, people should disregard anything this PAC says based solely on Rove being behind it.

    July 6, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. tee27

    Here is the headwind The truth to the Job numbers just ask this guy mitch mcconnell, remember our number one gold is to make Obama a one term at any cost even if it means bring down the country. Just go to the tape these are his words.

    July 6, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Jack

    I am 65 and conservative all my life. And I find Karl Rove not much! Rush Limbaugh not much! Sean Hannity not much! And Republican Party not much either!. That includes the Tea Party whiners.

    July 6, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    I'll give you a better excuse:::

    The war in Iraq will bring gas prices to $1.50/gallon.
    They will welcome us as liberators.
    Waterboarding was necessary.
    Ousting an undercover CIA agent is not illegal.

    July 6, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Scott in Michigan

    Mislead and deceive? You mean like Andrea Mitchell and the Dems main stream media slicing and dicing Romney's speech a few weeks back to make him appear to say something he didn't? I guess two can play that game.

    July 6, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Jim

    How can this guy even still be operating in the big-time. He was one of the major proponents of attacking Iraq based upon all of the indisputable…nothing.

    July 6, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. ajs

    isnt it obvious that the republicans will do ANYTHING to get Obama out of office. even if it means hurting the american people

    July 6, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. MrApplesauce

    This New Majority Agenda sounds like some good stuff....I remember the good old days of a GOP presidency, GOP congress...

    can't wait to get back to no budget cuts and higher spending, some trumped up wars, even more deregulation industries, so the banking industry so those pure hearts can continue their market manipulations, lending institutions can go back to giving horrible loans, and maybe they can dispense with all those silly regulations that are hurting our ability to frack our water tables to *&^%.

    July 6, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. bearced

    Do all these millionaires put money into campaigns because they have MY best interest in mind or is it for their own personnal gain?

    July 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Mor Man NO!

    I am not voting for Obama and I will NOT as a Christian vote for Romney a MORMAN, who does not believe in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

    July 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. David in Houston

    Karl Rove is a coward & a liar. He can keep Bush...we'll keep Obama.

    July 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. PHIL TJ

    Unfortunatley most American adore people you lie. You are not alone in the world with job issues. In Canada, medical doctors work in warehouses and drive taxis. That is life.

    July 6, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Not All Docs Play Golf

    How many people even know that Karl Rove dropped out of college after just one year? That is the sum his formal education. He was playing dishonest, dirty political tricks even as a young man in college before he droped out. And this guy was "the brains of the Bush administration"? Read his bio anywhere you want, but wikipedia is a good place to start. People should really know who this man is.

    July 6, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. rs

    I really don't care what Mr. Rove or the Koch brothers think. They are what is wrong with America. "Me first, and I'll tell you lies until you believe me".

    July 6, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Leftcoastrocky

    While Romney promises to cut taxes, he does NOT explain how he would pay for it without ballooning the federal deficit.

    July 6, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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