Obama faces RNC criticism in new Olympic ad buy
July 27th, 2012
12:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama faces RNC criticism in new Olympic ad buy

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee will air a new, hard hitting television commercial during Olympic programming that criticizes President Barack Obama for pushing through an economic stimulus plan that has failed to right the troubled economy.

Republican sources said the ad will also run on national cable television and in the key battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. The sources would not reveal how much money is behind the ad, but it will be paid for through the committee’s independent expenditure (IE) arm. This is the second commercial that the RNC’s IE has aired. Two weeks ago, the RNC IE ran its first TV commercial attacking Obama for failing to live up to his campaign promises to fix the economy and create more jobs. So far, $11 million was spent on that ad buy, according to the GOP sources.

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The RNC will announce the new ad campaign Friday.

At the same time the RNC IE is running the new ad, the RNC is using some of the $21.6 million it has in its coordinated campaign account to help pay to air this ad from Mitt Romney’s campaign, according to the sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The RNC is demonstrating it will be a major player in this election, after being dismissed the past few years by deep pocketed donors, grassroots activists and elected officials for mismanaging money and the GOP message. Since new RNC Chairman Reince Priebus took over in January 2011 and put in place a new staff, the committee has erased more than half of the $21 million-plus it had accumulated in debt. As of the June 2012 Federal Election Commission filing, the RNC had $89.4 million in the bank and $9.8 million in debt.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. keeth

    The GOP broke it and then stomp their feet when someone else doesn't fix it instantly.

    July 27, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. CathyinMN

    Sicne the GOP put us in this position AND since they have done nothing but prevent ANY form of legislation which would help in this matter since the day the President was elected, I don't trust them to fix it. 8 years of Bush/Cheney got us into this mess. I am not always in support of the President's decisions but have much more faith in the Dems than I EVER have in the GOP. All they do is stonewall.

    July 27, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. CanadaONE

    RNC supports investing in Cayman Islands and urges all GOP members to take their money out of the USA and place it in banks in the Cayman Islands where it is being used as part of their economic stimulus plan.

    If you are not sure how to do it – Romeny will help just call 1 888 TAX EVASION

    July 27, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Dave

    Again, where is the jobs bill that the GOP promised in 2010?

    July 27, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    THE BEST AD MONEY CAN BUY: On day one Republican House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying "the "SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING" we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term President.

    July 27, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. NOT BACKWARD into the GOP FISCAL ABYSS

    The constant whining from the GOP is really getting old. Instead of complaining about the other side, putting forth some realistic plans (and no, the Ryan budget is not realistic) for fixing what ails us is in order. Loading up bills in the House with riders that do not stand a chance of bi-partisan support (so they can blame Obama) is hardly doing something.
    The party of "No!" still has no viable candidate, policies, platform or chance in Nov.

    July 27, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    obama and the democrats wasted $800 billion, and the bill was sent to our kids and grand kids to pay. and yet the young fools vote for this incompetent fool. democrats knew it was nothing but a payoff to their union supporters when they passsed it. they played the american taxpayers for fools.

    July 27, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    When rich party spend money makes me happy

    Voters from Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Don’t like Romney

    July 27, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    It's bad enough that the Olympics are now 80% commercials and 20% actual competition ... not much to watch anymore to begin with. Add all the political endorsements and no doubt more and more viewers will be turned off and tuned out completely.

    Oh, and BTW RNC: Obama's campaign promises are a losing argument. What he promised was based on an economic conditions that even HE had no idea were as disastrous as proved to be until after he took over. That, and what he thought would be duly elected Americans willing to go the extra mile to help - not hinder - economic growth.

    And to think that Mitt is hoping to become the next GW, bringing us right back to the brink of destruction ... and proving to be as secretive about it as good old Dubya was way back when HE did it all his way.

    July 27, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. luke,az

    If Gov Romney is the eventual nominee for the Republican party, then President Obama will be re-elected to a second term. Romney does not possess the leadership skills to be the leader of the free world, as evidenced by his recent miss-steps in England.

    July 27, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    so SuperPacs spend millions and millions of dollars to tell we're broke, the economy is in shambles and it's all Obama's fault. Anybody else see the irony in all of this?

    July 27, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    >Dave - Again, where is the jobs bill that the GOP promised in 2010?

    blocked by harry reid and the democrats in the senate which is why they need to be voted out in november. 2 years they have done nothing, no budgets passed, nothing.

    July 27, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. drake mallard

    Mitt Romney said he is not concerned about the very poor.

    July 27, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. NOT BACKWARD into the GOP FISCAL ABYSS

    @Lynda/Minnesota – Oh, and BTW RNC: Obama's campaign promises are a losing argument. What he promised was based on an economic conditions that even HE had no idea were as disastrous as proved to be until after he took over. That, and what he thought would be duly elected Americans willing to go the extra mile to help – not hinder – economic growth.
    ------------------------------
    And that's a FACT jack (sorry, I mean Lynda!) Anyone who believes otherwise need to do some soul-searching and some FACT checking.

    July 27, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    if the Republicans DO take back the Senate in 2012 one of the first things they'll probably want to do is change that filibuster rule they have abused the past 4 years.

    July 27, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. g

    the more the republicans spend on there cartoons the more americans see what they are–what happened to the republican party,when ever i think they are running out of idiots a new one pops up do they freeze them till needed

    July 27, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Steven Colo

    "He hasn't made the US economy recover from what we did to it."

    July 27, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    News flash from RNC headquarters.
    Reince Priebus found to be an inflatable doll remotely controlled by Charlie Koch!
    Marco Rubio admits his parents were pre-Castro emigres from Cuba!
    T-Pau admits he left Minnesota in worse financial shape than he found it!
    George Allen apologizes for "Macaca". Admits he really meant to say *****!
    Dick Cheney admits that Karl Rove was his Love Child by Marilyn Monroe!
    Rush Limbaugh admits he really is a show business personality and knows nor cares nothing about Politics!
    Pat Robertson claims all non-Tea-Party Republicans are under the influence of Satan!
    Glen Beck admits he really is a Mormon!

    July 27, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts

    >Dave – Again, where is the jobs bill that the GOP promised in 2010?

    blocked by harry reid and the democrats in the senate which is why they need to be voted out in november. 2 years they have done nothing, no budgets passed, nothing.
    ----------------
    The CBO graded all of those "jobs bills" and rated them for zero job growth. Not surprising considering that the House passed bill after bill that contained amendments to repeal the ACA. They argued that repealing "job killing Obamacare" would help jobs growth.

    July 27, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    The Gop train wreck with BACHMANN and romney on board will take place in Nov ,well deserved, losers !!

    July 27, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Roy

    The TEA PARTY IS JUST A BUNCH OF CRAP. A bunch of Republican crying because a Black man was elected. They never said anything when President BUSH spend all of them Trillion dollar and put America In the biggest part of America Debt.

    July 27, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Roy

    Romney's for President of Lies, Distortion and Hate. The President of no details, just hate Obama...No spine, just hate Obama. This man is a worthless robot of the Tea Party...When is he ever going to tell the truth about anything, His taxes, His business, when was governor , his faith and his detailed vision for America. Instead he lies and distort others, like he did in the primary. I deal with many republicans who say he has no spine and that he is worse than John Kerry (And they cannot stand or trust him) . MITT STOP LYING TO AMERICA. GIVE AMERICA YOU DETAILED PLAN IF YOU HAVE ONE TO STICK TO.

    July 27, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Terry

    Am I the only one that is alarmed not just by the obscene amounts of cash being spent to buy our nation's highest office, but that the amount and manner of doing so are the big election stories? We don't hear as much about actual policy stances by the competing sides as we do how much each side is raking in and the what their "ad buys" are. Why is it even a story, unless the presidency is for sale to the highest bidder(s)? Are we as a people going to tolerate this? I'm afraid the answer is yes. It's right in front of our faces, yet we worry more about Kristen Stewart cheating on her man....

    July 27, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. lreed580

    A negative ad inserted into the Olympic games, will certainly be appreciated by the viewers.

    July 27, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. CRAIG

    It would be disasterous to change horses in the middle of the stream especially a wide mess of a stream from the eight years of destructive policies of the Bush administration. It seems that the Republicans mess us up financially and it takes a Democratic administration to clean things up and if a Republican comes along after a Democrat he wrecks things again ie: Bush after the surpluses created by Clinton. If you want disaster, vote Republican.

    July 27, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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