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. Wally

    Rove is such an honest man, his opinion counts for so much (sarcasm)

    July 6, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. J.Boltaire

    Turd Blossem - The GOP's answer to Imperial Rome's Nero. The fact that anybody listens to this pork slime shows how fast and far our country is sliding into permanent mediocrity.

    July 6, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Hammerer

    Surely this can not be the results of the Obama administrations efforts!
    You know that Bush caused most of this or the congress did not act or the moon was full when - or the Dems took a gamble and lost or anything but Obams is in over his head and he has no clue.
    Maybe another 100 rounds of golf will change the course or at least make people forget.
    ARE YOU SORRY YOU VOTED OBAMA YET? No? Just wait the worst is yet to come.

    July 6, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    "in a jobs to their bills"

    "in a jobs bill". Time for lunch!

    July 6, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Eric Richardson

    Hey Rove, No one here watches TV, is advertising the best you can do?

    July 6, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Hawk in Texas

    It is really sad that the elderly people that are part of the tea party will listen to the republican lies and vote against things that they really need. like the republicans wanting to do away with social sercuity, medicare, medicade. not to mention police, postal service, school teachers. fire fighters. the republican tea party far right wingnut evangelicals just want to destroy what is left of america.

    July 6, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Hadenuffyet

    No plan , no vote , ...not buying the " my way is better because , well ,because it is" argument.

    July 6, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    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.

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    Because the rethugs keep adding all sorts of poison pills that have no business IN a jobs bill to their jobs bills. What does restricting a woman's right to make medical decisions for herself have to do with jobs? Oh, that's right – nothing, but that doesn't stop the thugs from trying to pass a jobs bill that do just that!

    July 6, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. joan

    hammerer: you can try to put a spin on it all you want, but history will show that Obama did inherit a huge mess. That mess, created partly by Bush's wars and a greedy banking/real estate bubble took years to create. It is naive to think that anyone could have remedied that mess in just 4 years. I shudder to think what will happen if Romney is elected.I'm not saying Obama is the answer, but it sure isn't Rmoney either.

    July 6, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Indie in VA

    "We're rich and want to get richer, and we PROMISE that if you cut our taxes and reduce all these silly environmental and other laws, we'll hire more of you peons to work for us. That's a promise, 'k?" – Sad thing is that the right wingers actually believe that smarm.

    July 6, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    The Tea Pary House has not passed a "plethora of jobs bills". Name one. Defund Planned Parenthood? Do Not Use Energy Saving Lignt Bulbs? Re-affirm In God We Trust? Contempt of Congress Votes? Let's Invade Libya? Or Egypt? Name one or two or three, if you can.

    They are going to have a vote on the ACA next week. They will call that a jobs bill, too, I bet.

    July 6, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Name willardbullock

    I'm think better that presdient obama need get off in 2012 cause predient obama are not already presdient in 3 yrs also he was too much problems his job
    I'm belived that presdient obama like playing game talk with amercian people so he must get out of his presdient 2012 alright

    July 6, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. julie

    You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

    You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
    You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

    You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

    You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

    You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

    You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

    July 6, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Myviewis

    People standing in the unemployment line are thinking of Obama, not Karl Rove. People looking at the jobs numbers, the slow economy, the little bit of money left in their checkbooks are thinking of Obama, not Karl Rove. Picking on Karl Rove doesn't change the facts for Obama.

    July 6, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Thomas

    For a guy who's been running for President the last eight years , Mitt Romney has nothing to offer but more of GW Bushonomics !

    Romney is Bush all over again.

    July 6, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Toby McDooogan

    CNN, be sure to note that Karl Rove is involved but please do not dig into individuals who are involved in Obama adds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    July 6, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. julie

    Make a difference Get educated, stop complaining and get back on track to preserving our race and represent like The Obamas. Do your part! VOTE Obama 2012. Spread the word. We have to get out and VOTE like we did 4 years ago...if we want to keep the Obama in office. Dont think for one minute that your Vote doesn't count!

    ??? Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity ??? ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Obama 2012 the ONLY way FORWARD

    July 6, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Peter

    Rove ought to be apologizing for his role in the current state of the economy. We all blame Bush, but if you are too stupid to eat a pretzel, you are too stupid to ruin the economy. It was the rest of his administration that spent us into huge debt, and let finance run wild.

    July 6, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    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.

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    That's a rather vague accusation (kinda like mittens' "jobs" plan. Care to be a little more specific?

    July 6, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis

    People standing in the unemployment line are thinking of Obama, not Karl Rove. People looking at the jobs numbers, the slow economy, the little bit of money left in their checkbooks are thinking of Obama, not Karl Rove. Picking on Karl Rove doesn't change the facts for Obama.
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    Karl Rove was "The Architect" behind the Bush administration policies and public relations. Rove sold the public on the bad policies and ideas. Blaming Rove does not fix the economy. Believing Rove ain't gonna fix it, either.

    July 6, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Sirned

    Rove and gang will fight against the RIGHT for all Americans to have affordable health care and fight even harder to protect the RIGHTS of companies to outsource our jobs complete with tax incentives to do so.....Just plain evil policies

    July 6, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Amazed2

    This is the same Karl Rove, Chickenhawk Herder, correct? Who's pawns started this forestfire in the first place? Who's party gave us Sarah Palin as their best and brightest? Give me a flippin' break.....

    July 6, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Frank T

    The GOP Party economic policy has proven to be the most fiscally irresponsible in history.When Pres Clinton left office there was a 5 trillion surplus. Within a short seven years the Repubs went from the surplus to an 8 trillion deficit. Repubs either don't know what's going on or are too incompetent to deal with it. They squander the Social Security Surplus, entered into two Wars,Iraq,& Afghanistan,borrowed trillions from foreigners,Exported many good paying American Jobs,They continued gargantuan tax cuts for the incredibly wealthy in the relentless pursuit of their trickle- down economic theary.Austerity for the people and luxury for the 1.0% percenters are all the GOP has to offer.

    July 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Indie in VA

    "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."

    - Mmm hmm. Name one.

    July 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Fun with the GOP's/Teatrolls' cartoon logic and magical thinking:

    "The Tea Pary House has not passed a "plethora of jobs bills". Name one. Defund Planned Parenthood?"

    Breast cancer surgeons and babysitters need jobs too. Besides, nothing says "job creation" like purposefully creating the potential for more Christian adoption centers to place babies in a nice home that will indoctrinate them well.

    "Do Not Use Energy Saving Lignt Bulbs?"

    Clearly, this creates jobs for coal workers.

    "Re-affirm In God We Trust?"

    This one's a little trickier, since it was originally enacted as propaganda to differentiate ourselves from the "godless commies" in the 1950's, but I'd have t say it will probably create some jobs on QVC and for handmodels holding up special edition minted coins.

    "Contempt of Congress Votes?"

    What, you think Jeffrey Toobin is the only bobblehead pseudo-lawyer we need giving us hairbrained legal analysis in the MSM? Think again.

    "Let's Invade Libya? Or Egypt?"

    Someone's gotta make the bombs we drop on innocents.

    July 6, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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