Obama tried, new RNC ad says
July 14th, 2012
08:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama tried, new RNC ad says

(CNN) - A new television advertisement from the Republican National Committee says President Barack Obama took office with "big plans," but fell short.

"He tried. You tried," the narrator says. "It's OK to make a change."

The ad began airing on Saturday in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, as well as in Boston and Washington, D.C., which reach the nearby battleground states of New Hampshire and Virginia, respectively.

The markets in which the ad is airing were reported by CNN's political advertizing consultant Campaign Media Analysis Group.

On Friday, the RNC announced plans for a $5 million buy in those states, which are considered within reach of either GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney or Obama. The CNN Electoral Map lists North Carolina as leaning in Romney's favor, and the others are toss-ups.

Obama, the ad says, fell well short on his plans for the deficit, unemployment and economic growth.

"What did we get? National debt over $15 trillion and climbing. Unemployment above 8 percent for 40 straight months. An ongoing economic crisis with no end in sight," the narrator says.

Romney's campaign and the primary super PAC supporting his candidacy have spent millions on advertisements this cycle. This is the RNC's first pro-Romney independent expenditure this cycle.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Peter Hamby, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • RNC
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Bain capital. This guy wants to ban your Medicare, SS etc,..,

    July 14, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. California

    Yeah Hussein Obama tried alright. Tried to destroy the country.

    July 14, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. dave

    what this guy and also the RNC doesn't seem to understand or come to grips with is capitalism in not a form of goverment. capitalizm is a way of doing business not a way to run a goverment. they seem to think that capitalism supports democracy which it does not and does not support any other type of goverment form either. if it favored one goverment form over another than how do you explain red china which is as far from a democracy as you can get but is a country that runs like capitalism on steroids with no controls to make life better for all of its people! this guy may have made it in the business world but i don't think he has a clue about how to run a goverment!

    July 14, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    They have figured out what BAIN is an acronym for:
    Bankrupt American Industry NOW!!!

    July 14, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Grow up already...

    Partially true. Obama tried to improve things, Republicans didn't, and in fact did EVERYTHING they COULD to HURT
    and keep ANYTHING from improving. Even now, that's all they do. ALL the REBUPLICLOWNS should be thrown out.

    Their hero, Rush Phlemball, who makes money from inciting people and keeping them angry at one another, wanted him to fail before he even took office. Even if the country gets worse in the meantime?!? So much for the UNITED States...

    July 14, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. TAK

    Yeah, Obama tried to move the country froward, but the Republicans would not cooperate.

    Obama tried to include the Republicans in the process, but they refused to participate.

    The Republicans suggest that it is OK to make a change. I agree, let's get Republicans elected who favor country more than party.

    July 14, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Paul

    The RNC dosent even remember what a mess they left Obama, the panic on Paulson's face, the total lack of ideas on the auto industry, the complete meltdown in Iraq, and afghanistan. the unfunded wars, the unfunded medicare part-D, tax cuts not paid for. Government dosen't work when republicans are elected.

    July 14, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. anthony78

    "Obama tried, and WE OBSTRUCTED every single step of the way"
    There RNC, I fixed it for you.

    July 14, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. n

    No Romney, you tried but to no avail . . . "“According to a news release issued by Modus Media in 1997, its expansion of outsourcing services took place in close consultation with Bain. Terry Leahy, Modus’s chairman and chief executive, was quoted in the release as saying he would be ‘working closely with Bain on strategic expansion.’ At the time, three Bain directors sat on the corporate board of Modus.

    “The global expansion that began while Romney was at Bain continued after he left [for the Olympics in 1999]. In 2000, the firm announced it was opening a new facility in Guadalajara, Mexico, and expanding in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.

    “In addition to taking an interest in companies that specialized in outsourcing services, Bain also invested in firms that moved or expanded their own operations outside of the United States. One of those was a California bicycle manufacturer called GT Bicycle Inc. that Bain bought in 1993."

    President Obama is good, Romney, you my friend, have a lot of explaining to do! teehee!

    July 14, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. J

    We have companies like Bain Capital and their outsourcing of jobs to thank for contributing to an "unemployment rate above 8% for 40 straight months". Now, that kind of change America doesn't need!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 14, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. s.positive

    He could have done more if not for the republicans in congress. We will not forget in November, the gop willl pay...

    July 14, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. CBR

    Anybody looked at Romney's record as Governor. After two years in office he began his campaign for President. His Lt. Governor did a lot of the work with the legislature. He did not leave office with the state in good order. He only served one term. His supposed crowning glory was the healthcare program which he now disavows.

    He made a pretty fast move out of MA to NH. He seemed to be happy to be out of MA even though he rose into MA after the Olympics on his white stallion to save the state. He didn't save anything just got Jane Swift to go back home and not seek election even though she was Governor and should have had the opportunity to run for a full tern. Mitt helped her to decide not do so.

    July 14, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. Bootstomper

    We tried 8 years of Bush. Send mitt the 4th stooge back to Utah.

    July 14, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We don't hear what Romney would have done. We know the failures of the general Republican party line that would have continued if McCain were elected. Where are Romney's plans for the future and results from the past? I don't think that there is any real substance to the RNC ads.

    July 14, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Commonsense America

    Obama tried and failed no matter how low he now tries to change expectations and rewrite his own words. Another 4 years of his policies will only make things worse.

    The question is will the media hold Obama accountable as with any President in history.

    Currently, the answer looks like a "no" and press will overlook with Obama's shortcomings and continue to coddle and treat Obama with kid gloves. Instead of being a neutral reporter, journalists are now political advocates.

    July 14, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    President Obama tried and did pretty well without a single republican vote. We are no longer on the brink of a great republican depression, we are out of Iraq, most of the leadership of the 9-11 terrorist attacks are dead, our taxes are the lowest in 50 years, the president has trimmed $600 billion off the bush deficit, equal pay for women, health care for 6 million college students, and hope for 35 million with the ACA. All without a single republican vote. Republicans had their chance from 2000-2008, and they almost destroyed our country.

    July 14, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Obama 2012- Our only hope

    Yeah, the GOP tried to make Obama fail. It's ok to make a change, vote out the party of the filibuster. Either that, or demand that if they want to threaten a filibuster, they have to actually do it.

    July 14, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I'll bet Mittens can have all American jobs outsourced to foreign counties in less than 4 years if we are stupid enough to elect him.

    July 14, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans ruined our country. They had their chance and they blew it. People need to be reminded what the GOPers have done by putting the wealthy ahead of the rest of us. Give Mittens, he Kochs, Rove and the RNC hell, as I remember a plutocrat saying, "What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."

    July 14, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. AK-steve

    Obama tried and I tried – but the only thing the GOP tried was to make us fail.

    Nice try GOP. But in spite of all your efforts to ensure America failed, we came out of the recession you dragged us into and created jobs you voted against.

    Only fools believe that the policies that brought us to the bring of financial catastrophe – you know, the tax breaks the GOP gave the rich and said it would "trickle down" to us, the TWO wars we never paid for, the loop holes create for oil companies – only fools believe this is works and they are called the TEA PARTY. The new G.O."T". PARTY.

    July 14, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    One has to wonder if the Republcans didn't shoot themselves in the foot by being the blocking party, the Party of NO. If he is replaced the world will never know what the man could have accomplished if he had a chance to run his OWN show. Many of us see it this way and will vote to push him through to finally give him a chance to run his own program. Had he been able, and failed miserablely then he would definately lose the election. This is a caring person. The Republicans talk about if you tell a lie enough everybody will be believe it. I know the them on welfare people is that they are all on drugs. Florida tested all their welfare people and found 98% to be clean. That was throwing away more money after bad to find out those that did drugs was less than 3%. But people still think this and states will spends outstanding amounts of money just to find this out. Wasting tax payers dollars.

    July 14, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Patrick from Minnesota

    Mitt Romney: the most insincere car salesman the GOP could think of.

    July 14, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. MrManhattan

    I guess it's OK to make a change. If you want to try for a second Great Depression one more time.

    As for me, I'll take a slow recovery over economic suicide any day!

    July 14, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. SafeJourney

    THe RNC knows that POTUS can not do everything by himself. Especially with a do nothing congress. Just wait Mitt , you Bain Pain is not going away.

    July 14, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. antony

    obama will win in ohio . am going to vote for him

    July 14, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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