Crossroads up with second spot attacking president over jobs report
July 12th, 2012
09:11 AM ET
6 years ago

Crossroads up with second spot attacking president over jobs report

Washington (CNN) - A top independent conservative group is going up with their second straight television commercial that slams President Barack Obama over the nation's unemployment rate.

The ad, by Crossroads GPS, is their second spot to run on TV since last Friday's release by the Labor Department of a disappointing June jobs report.

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The group, which was co-founded by Karl Rove, says the commercial started running Thursday in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, and is part of an $8 million dollar ad buy.

The spot starts with a clip of a reporter describing this year's second quarter as the weakest job-adding quarter in the past two years.

Then the ad's narrator says: "It wasn't supposed to be this way. Over three years with crushing unemployment. American manufacturing shrinking again. President Obama's plan: Spend more. He's added four billion in debt every day. The economy's slowing but our debt keeps growing. Tell him for real job growth, cut the debt. Support the new majority agenda at new majority agenda dot org."

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.

A top Democrat responded to the Crossroads GPS ad.

"False attacks from Mitt Romney's allies are meant to divert from the fact that in business and politics, Romney's record was increasing debt and failure on jobs. As Governor, Romney increased state debt to the highest in the country and saw Massachusetts fall to 47th in jobs. As CEO, Romney drowned companies in debt and made millions while firing American workers," Bill Burton, the co-founder of Priorities USA, a pro-Obama super PAC, told CNN.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. blahahahaaaa

    Now why don't we get a picture of Karl Rove, the founder of Crossroads, and also the advisor to George W, and mention all the good advice he gave the former president and just how many jobs he destroyed on his way out of office. When we start putting faces to behind who is making these ads, we will see that it is all the old W gaurd who lead us deep into a ditch.

    July 12, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Expat American

    Rove and his Vichy friends are at it again.

    July 12, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. lyn

    Big business is sitting on piles of cash, but have their marching orders – no hiring until after Nov. Get those gas prices back up, Do the GOP bidding and make Obama look bad. Nothing about getting people hired, nope, get Obama.

    July 12, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Name willardbullock

    I think obama are too bad his job

    July 12, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    So Willard, were you or were you not working at Bain during the time period of 1999-2002? Come clean.
    Because SEC filings show that Willard Romney was CEO as late as 2002. So Bain either misrepresented (read lied) on theose SEC filings, or Willard is misrembering (read lying) about when he retired from Bain. Either way, Bain, Willard, or both have a problem. A simple solution is to release the tax returns for all of us to see, a full 12 years worth including 1999 -2002.
    Hope those magic underpants have asbestos because Willard's pants are on fire.

    July 12, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. 504GT

    lyn, I could not agree with you more. The disdain is so strong against this president there are some rooting for poor job numbers and for everything imaginable to go wrong. They really hate the president. The republicans have an easy job this year. Sit back and do nothing and let the economy struggle so Obama can take the blame. But then again their only doing what their base wants them to do.

    July 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    The GOP told us all that the govt doesn't create jobs.

    July 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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