Conservative group's new ad hits Obama over national debt
August 7th, 2012
12:37 PM ET
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Conservative group's new ad hits Obama over national debt

Washington (CNN) - A major fiscal conservative group which has spent tens of millions of dollars on television commercials critical of President Barack Obama revealed new details on their next round of TV ads Tuesday.

According to Americans for Prosperity, the new ad buy starts Wednesday in 11 battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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The group tells CNN that they plan to spend approximately $7 million in the first week of the buy, and will spend up to $27 million to run spots on TV as well as social and new media over the next three weeks.

Americans for Prosperity, which is partially funded by the influential Charles and David Koch, who have spent millions to support Republican causes and candidates, is one of the major players when it comes to the ad wars this campaign season.

AFP says they'll rotate different ads and messages over the next three weeks. The first spot criticizes the president over the national debt, using a clip of Obama from 2009 in which he said "I'm pledging to cut the deficit by half by the end of my first term in office."

The ad then highlights short snippets of newscasts describing the nation's exploding national debt, followed by more sound of the president, saying "I will be held accountable. If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one term proposition."

The spot ends with the on-screen words: "Our national debt today: $15,920,591,039,094. Let's make this a one term proposition on November 6."

Word of the ad buy was first reported by NBC News and confirmed by CNN last week, but AFP did not reveal details at the time.

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soundoff (51 Responses)

    When did republicans become deficit hawks? Did they find religion, mormonism, what? I recall Darth Cheney saying deficits don't matter. Well apparently they do. Thanks alot GOBP for the credit downgrade last year. We really needed that!

    August 7, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. RudyG

    The inheritor in chief says he inherited this mess. Well, if he's reelected in November he will be inheriting quite a mess indeed!

    August 7, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. n

    Where are those taxes?
    Romney you have yet to answer to a lot of conflicting claims and issues concerning your professional life as a business man and politician that are very disconcerting. And it behoves me to the point that I am compelled to pose the question as to why half of this country and news media seem to turn a blind eye to getting to the bottom of the old bait and switch game. From congress to the so called journalist, no one seem to be doing their jobs. This country is going to the dogs and we the people are being taken for a car ride on the roof tops of lies locked in a cage.

    August 7, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Ex-GOP Con

    They sure whine alot about the debt....but last I checked, their Bush GOP debt is STILL outstanding. The RINOs suffer from Larry Craig syndrome.

    If they are so worried about the Bush GOP debt...PAY IT DOWN!

    August 7, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. demwit

    $6 Trillion dollars is nothing when compared to everything Obama has gained from it..

    August 7, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. truth hurts

    excellent spot! i hope they show pictures of all the people that will be saddled with this massive debt, or kids and grand kids. all these stupid young kids that vote for obama have no idea that he is destroying their future with this massive debt.

    August 7, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Jeettu

    Is there any household or business in America that does not have debt that they owe? It is the American way. In order to get ahead, all of us borrow money and make payments. This is particularly true when we need the money the most, like when you are in school, or don't have a jobs etc. We all rely on our future earning power to borrow and getr ahead. At times like this when the economy is down and we need to create empployment opportunities, the government need to spend and get the work done that is normally not done, like update the country's infrastructure and other such things to move us forward.

    Contrary to this article, republicans are causing us to keep the economy in recession and not invest in out future that will generate additional revenue to reduce the future debt. Therefore, this ad is misleading and does not tell the whole picture. We cannot allow these half-truths to prevail in November and hence must vote these replicans out of office in November. Vore for democrats all the way in Novmeber 2012.

    August 7, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. demwit

    And who's thinking about Obama's debt anyway?
    Not me...., I don't have children and plan on taking everything I can get with me.

    August 7, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. charles

    Love it. Just stick to facts

    August 7, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Pam from Iowa

    You spend $27 million on a stupid political ad and you have the audacity to call out Obama about the deficit????

    August 7, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Sandra

    It would be too much to hope for that these free spending billionaires that want to control the election actually tell the truth on occasion. They keep everything secret anyway about who they are, how much money they are giving. What do people believe these guys are? Patriotic Americans? Don't make me laugh. They want to buy the election and whomever is President so they can really run the country but keep who they are a big secret. These guys aren't giving out of the goodness of their hearts. Only a truly dumb or delusional person would believe that.

    August 7, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. mikle

    Big deal. Obama promise. He promise change, hope, yes we can. Now he not even talk about it.

    August 7, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. British Chap, MBE

    Your fellow Romney seems a bit robot-like (even for a RICH CHAP).
    If elected (which I cannot see), let us hope he would be more tactful in dealing with the U.S. and Global economies than he was with his visit here.

    August 7, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. mcskadittle

    tarp, two unpaid wars no wait that was bush

    August 7, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Mr. Moderate

    Of course the other side conveniently forgets that the greatest contributors to our debt continue to be Bush's two unfunded wars and two unfunded tax cuts. Let's see....Obama ended one war, is ending another and wants to roll back at least part of the tax cuts. Who's the real deficit hawk?

    August 7, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. mikle

    You, Obama lovers, try to close your eyes on facts. But facts is, Obama the worse president ever.

    August 7, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. demwit

    Obama promised change and now all you can do is complain about it.
    When are you people going to learn to dance in the rain??

    August 7, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Jon

    I thought the reason for the blog is to comment about the article ... what I find is that the blog is a way for liberals (paid or not) to attack Romney for anything.

    Obama said he would cut the debt in half or he should be a 1 term president ... No one expected him not to lie about that, but it should be something talked about.

    So why aren't people talking about Obama and his inability to keep this promise, without blaming anyone else.

    THe truth is that Obama, even when he had a Demo house and Senate didnt pass a budget. WIthout a budget, debt will run out of control. That is exactly what happened. Why isnt Obama demanding a budget.

    August 7, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. 18E

    Well I don't see the problem for the debt when W left office was 10.7 Trillion, with a debt ceiling of $12T for all the bills had yet to be mailed. According to the U.S. Treasury, 12T in debt would include W's 2008-2009 FY budget, and the 1.5T FY 08-09 supplemental war funding bill. Either of which is not included in the GOP political ad. So under Bush we saw an increase of 84% of the national debt. So far, measuring from the debt ceiling Obama has added 25% to the nation debt. Also considering that Reagan Bush, stated with a federal deficit of 998 Billion, and left office with an 8.2T in debt, a 771% increase I don't see the problem since we are in a depression.

    August 7, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Jon

    Sandra – it is interesting you attack the "billionaries" that fund the PACs demanding they tell the truth ... I don't see where one of them as forced to appologise for what they said ... but the DNCC did

    August 7, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    ...and Obama/ Biden has no plan except to make the national debt grow even faster. They don't get it. This is the greatest existing threat to our nation and they don't get it. Who the hell are they listening to?

    August 7, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. mikle

    Do you know that very hot -hot -hot weather in USA is Bush fault.

    August 7, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Squigman

    How much of this debt, was brought on by republican miss management in the previous administration? Come on, come clean. Two wars, unfunded. Tax breaks for the highest paid people in the country, while trying to balance same from the middle class and poor. Seems there's a bushel of lies coming from the republicans, and a thimble full of truth.

    August 7, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. The Elephant In The Room

    Mr. Romney _

    In your work @ Bain, you pocketed money from worker`s pernsion funds that you claimed were "overfunded". But then, when those pension funds couldn`t cover their expenses, the US TAXPAYER had to step in and make-up the shortfall.

    Sir, haven`t you essentially looted the US Treasury to personally enrich your pocket. Haven`t you stolen a little bit from each of us? In this debate, explain how my logic is flawed?

    I, and the rest of America would like to know.

    August 7, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. lolo

    They should have been crying about the debt when Dubya was in office. This idiot had a surplus and blew it, not a peep from the GOP. They were not worried then so why worry now. The party is dying off so they should not be worrying about it now. This is really what is scaring the GOP. The diversity of the U.S. has them shaking in their boots, because every race is mixing and they are about to have a heart attack. There is no more pure white in America so get over it.

    August 7, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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