Million-dollar radio buy hits Obama for negative attacks
July 27th, 2012
11:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Million-dollar radio buy hits Obama for negative attacks

(CNN) – The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney said Friday it will spend $1 million to air a radio ad in battleground states hitting President Barack Obama for his campaign's negative attacks.

The spot from pro-Romney group Restore Our Future claims Obama is resorting to negativity because his record on the economy is weak.

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"Imagine you were Barack Obama. What would you do now?" an announcer in the ad asks.

She continues: "You spent a trillion taxpayer dollars on the stimulus. It failed. The jobless rate went up and has been stuck above 8 percent for 41 straight months. You increased spending so wildly that you've added more debt than the first 41 presidents – combined."

The ad cites former Democratic President Bill Clinton in praising Romney, saying the presumptive GOP nominee was "earning praise from Bill Clinton for his 'sterling business career.'"

That's a reference to an interview Clinton did with CNN's Piers Morgan in May, when he said Romney met the basic qualifications for becoming president.

"The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold," Clinton said.

The super PAC ad released Friday goes on to claim that Obama's spate of campaign attacks are a tactic designed to disguise his poor record.

"With no record to run on, it's the only strategy Obama has left," the ad claims.

Restore Our Future said the radio ad would air statewide in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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Filed under: Ads • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    Ho-hum...Still waiting for Romney to actually voice an actual stance on anything.

    July 27, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. fargo

    Mittens, have you ever heard of the term "Projection"? Cause you're doing it now.

    July 27, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Marty, FL

    Negative claims while being negative itself–please define hypocrisy.

    Romney is creating his own negativity with embarrassing Olympic comments insulting our British ally. Not presidential material.

    July 27, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The Stimulus failed? Over 40% of the Stimulus went towards targeted tax cuts at the GOP's insistence.

    July 27, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. labman57

    So Team Romney's SuperPAC buddies are going to complain about Obama's negative attack ads by ... airing a series of negative attack ads.
    Got it.

    July 27, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Phillip Noe

    There's a lot to hit mitt on! He earned all the negative coverage. It doesn't make sense to igore his many faults.

    July 27, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. v_mag

    "Restore Our Future claims Obama is resorting to negativity"

    Whereas, the Rob-money bunch went straight for negativity in the first place, because they want to distract from the fact that their campaign is really about re-electing George W. Bush for a third term, and no one in his right mind wants that to happen.

    July 27, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Jules

    Same ol same ol. Where does Romney stand on anything, were there years he made millions and paid no tax? Clinton said Romney met the qualifications to be president, but Clinton also said he supported President Obama's reelection and has been campaigning for him. The GOP uses negative campaigning and lies and twisted words to call Obama on negative ads. Same old GOP – rotten to the core.

    July 27, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Gerry

    Every thing these ROMNEY SUPER PAC'S have to say is nothing but lies. We all know that. Any thing the President has tried to do to improve this countries economey, the congress REPUBLIECONS have stopped.. So let them spend their money trying to put our President down.... We the people all know what THE TRUTH IS... WE ARE VOTING OBAMA/BIDEN 2012....

    July 27, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. g

    no more political cartoons

    July 27, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    TeamRomney logic:

    Go negative in an effort to slam another for going negative.

    More TeamRomney logic:

    Whine and stamp feet in childish display of perceived victim-hood.

    July 27, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Jewels

    Really? Desperation is coming through here. Mitt isn't ready - and his campaign hasn't done so well either.

    July 27, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. v_mag

    "Romney met the basic qualifications for becoming president."

    Yes, he has a pulse, so he meets the basic qualification. In addition, he's rich, white, and male, which meets the basic Repugnant voter qualifications. Set the bar low enough, and even Rob-money qualifies as presidential material.

    July 27, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. rob

    Remember when the media decried "Negative Attack Ads" ?? When the republicans used them the media would run stories on how bad this campaigning was. Now since President Obama and the dems have no record to run on and no plan for the future beyond taxing the "Rich" they resort to nothuing but negative persomal attack ads and the media won't stop reporting them even when they have been called "Bunk" by the same media. Romney and his surrogates are running on the facts. The dems have given us a horrible economy, high unemployment and a fiscal cliff looming in 5 months taht everyone says will cause a disaster. This is not attack ads, its telling the truth period.

    July 27, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. What the Heck

    Romney's team need to grow a pair. They are whinning about President Obama for doing the same thing Romney and his team did in the primary. Come on ......................

    July 27, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Laverne

    Romney is digraceful, I don't know any candidate that has been more negative than himself this entire campaign season! He is such a low down dirty snake and It would be unfortunately, if he were to become POTUS!

    July 27, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Obama's got nothing else... he HAS to go negative.

    July 27, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    The focus of these ads are targeting GOP base, That is fun part So far Romney or superpac supporting republican party didn’t focus on independents or minorities

    July 27, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. damo12345

    So it's attacking him, in a negative way, for his negative attacks.

    Welp.

    July 27, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Expat American wrote:

    Ho-hum...Still waiting for Romney to actually voice an actual stance on anything.
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    He's afraid to do that. Whenever he does, it seems to turn against him. He took a stand yesterday when analyzed the Olympic preparations and declared them "disconcerting." The man needs a teleprompter and a remote control switch connected to an imbedded pain amplifier.

    July 27, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Bill

    Romeny really need better advisors. This is a joke.

    July 27, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. mcskadittle

    do we really need a negative attack add attacking the other candidates negative adds?

    July 27, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Argyle Gopper

    This is a brilliant move. The Romney superPac should spend another ten millions dollars on this issue!

    July 27, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. logi_101

    Stimulus worked, look at GDP growth, it worked right up to the point that the republicans took over the House. Then it had at all costs to be turned around because the party of NO could allow the people of the United States to succeed. That would entailing allowing the Obama, a centrist, to succed.

    July 27, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Blame Who

    You have major companies still outsourcing work, while the CEO banks millions

    July 27, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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