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)
  1. John

    True the debt is 15.9 trillion $, and one presidential party has accrued 8.41 trillion of that ($) while they were in the presidency............................ guessed right GOP Presidents have accrued 8.41 trillion $ of the 15.9 (53%) while in office...................

    August 7, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. lolo

    @ Mikle, no worst tham Dubya and you must be on something to even get that out of your mouth. Now you want to vote for another idiot,liar and cheat, but the rest of us won't. You can keep Mittens.

    August 7, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Our economy took a major hit at the end of the Bush administration.
    Pres. Obama stopped the bleeding. The Republican Party stopped the healing.

    August 7, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. patNY

    To be fair, no party has a real clue on how to (1) balance the budget, and (2) pay down the national debt at the same time...short of adopting in full, the bi-partisan defecit reduction plan.

    August 7, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Bush budget advisors warned against trillion dollar deficits within a decade, which prompted Dick Cheney to say, "Deficits don't matter." when asked about the budget predictions. I am anxious to hear what he has to say today about deficits. How come no one has asked him about it?

    August 7, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. cali girl

    President Obama is mopping up the mess from 8 years with that successful business man. Adding the war totals into the Obama administration is not his bill. All you who are whining about the debt take a pill. If you yourself went into Bankruptcy you have 7 years to clean it up. Somehow I can't imagine all of you rightys forgot what those 8 years were like, perhaps you are suffering from CRS.

    August 7, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. the Situation

    Does the GOP remember that Clinton balance the books when he left then Dubya with the consent of Darth Cheney ran up the debt paying for 2 unneccessary wars, alway races to China to get loan after loan.

    August 7, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. irene

    The GOP don't care about deficits. They only use it as a weapon to scare people into believing that big business should take over government so that they can own more stuff. IN fact, they have run up the deficit during the Bush years and obstructed any legislation to reduce the debt during the Obama administration to make their power and money grab. They are pure evil.

    August 7, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Lisa

    People will not forget that majority of that debt belong to the Republicans.... and majority of republicans took billions from the bailout.. but now they are against it...such hypocrites....please come with another lie.. Americans are not that stupid that is why Obama is leading in the polls.. as they say in spanish si....

    August 7, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    How much NEW spending has Pres. Obama added to the annual budget? Almost none. In fact, the annual deficit is lower this year than the $1.5 trillion that Bush left behind for FY2009.

    August 7, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    With the two unfunded wars on the books, and TARP finally on the books, Bush handed off a $12 trillion national debt to our president, and the republicans refused to help with any job creation, plus the tax cuts for big oil and the wealthy did not help.

    August 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Unfunded wars and tax cuts for the people that don't need them tend to be fiscally irresponsible as Dubya showed. More tax cuts for the wealthy and hiding money overseas while increasing defense spending will not fix the issue as Willard would have us do.
    GOP has no credibility whatsoever to talk about debts when their icons are the Bushes, Reagan, and Willard. Not to mention no revenue Nordquist. Next.

    August 7, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. ghostriter

    "There's only one candidate in this race who's going to raise taxes on the American people – and that's Barack Obama. While he's used taxpayer dollars to grow government and reward his donors, middle-class Americans have seen fewer jobs, lower incomes, and less hope for the future. Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class – and, unlike President Obama, a record of accomplishment behind it."

    Without Romney letting us know things like which deductions he'd cut or what the income levels his proposed rates would fall under, we can't say if he would raise taxes on anyone.

    Don't we have less govt employees now than 2008? And I hate to break it to you, the military is part of the fed govt. Growing them, no matter how you feel about it, is growing govt. Not to mention increased medical pay and retirement benefits. Not saying they don't earn those. But adding more resources into the military isn't a priority right now. And how do conservatives like govt getting involved in women's health? Like mandating ultrasounds? Whether or not you approve of abortion, the govt forcing folks to purchase unnecessary and unwanted tests for a legal procedure goes against what you say you believe in.

    Since you guys are big on crony capitalism, care to explain why Romney donors got big bucks from him during his time as Governor? Or how he pushed for Staples to get a contract with the Olympics in Utah? Seems to me like everyone's doing it.

    The rest of the statement is just as much bunk as the first part.

    August 7, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Earlier a right wingnut posted about Obama raising taxes. While stupid people are fun to listen to, they should know that, under Obama, taxes are the lowest in 50 years, thanks to the stimulus. Of course you have to make more than a minimum wage at Fox foreign owned media to know that.

    August 7, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When Bush and the republicans cratered the economy, the unfunded wars and TARP were not added to the republican national debt. With that, the the national debt became $12 trillion. I know that republicans like to blame the president, but they should know it is their own fault.

    August 7, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. ghostriter

    Jon, are you new to politics? Politicians lie. Or don't quite live up to the expectations.

    To not look at what the president had to deal with as far as a hostile republican faction, the record setting number of filibusters, the fact that Obama couldn't get a routine post filled without republicans foaming at the mouth and other extremely partisan attempts to make him a one term president is not playing fair. And btw, he didn't have that democratic congress for very long as Scott Brown ended the filibuster proof majority they had prior to the 2010 elections.

    August 7, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. citizenUSA

    CitizenUSA warns of "Rombamacrapa".

    August 7, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Larry L

    Republicans never man-up for the responsibility of creating the recession and certainly not for obstructing progress. The Republican Party of Goldwater and Reagan is dead – replaced by radicals and funded by fat-cats.

    August 7, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC


    The inheritor in chief says he inherited this mess. Well, if he's reelected in November he will be inheriting quite a mess indeed!
    Out of estimated $5.5 trillion of debt added to our national deficit under Pres. Obama, almost none of it is due to NEW spending programs. We were committed to certain spending, and still are.

    $8 trillion has been spent on the wars that Republicans love to fight so much. $4 trillion has been spent paying for the ongoing Bush tax cuts. It is estimated that as much as another half trillion will have been spent on unemployment, food stamps, Medicaid, and other social safety nets, which have increased because of higher unemployment rates.

    What new spending programs has Pres. Obama introduced, and at what cost? Annual spending has increased by a rate less than inflation, only 1.4%. The annual deficit has yet to hit the record high set by the Bush administration in FY2009.

    August 7, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    TARP, two unfunded wars, two unfunded tax breaks, Medicare Part-D, all kept off "the books" until President Obama accounted for them (which added nearly 5 trillion to the debt that Bush was really responsible for). Bush created the Department of Homeland Security, the LARGEST EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT in over 50 years. Where were all the deficit hawks and "Big Government" whiners then???

    August 7, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Larry L

    @Rudy NYC

    Bush budget advisors warned against trillion dollar deficits within a decade, which prompted Dick Cheney to say, "Deficits don't matter." when asked about the budget predictions.
    Cheny didn't get to finish the sentence... "Deficits don't matter because Haliburton is raking in billions with the wars and I've got lots of Haliburton stock held in a blind (hee hee) trust."

    August 7, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Scott

    wow, just wow. So many libtards without a clue. I\'ll bet dollars to donuts everyone in this thread is under the age of 30.

    It\'s ok kids, I was a liberal like you too. Then I grew up, got a job, and realized liberals are a drain on this country.

    August 7, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. NotFooledByDistractions

    "Americans for Prosperity, which is partially funded by the influential Charles and David Koch"

    That's all you need to know before completely ignoring the ad – and any other ad's produced by "Americans for Prosperity" – the group should more aptly be named "A few rich guys for a plutocracy"

    August 7, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Wilson

    Our economy took a major hit at the end of the Bush administration.......Granted, began in 2007 when democrats took over congress.
    Pres. Obama stopped the bleeding...........No, the bleeding stopped after the 2010 election when the brakes could be put on the country damaging agenda.
    The Republican Party stopped the healing......No, they have enabled it since the 2010 election.

    August 7, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. JWR

    Does anyone know how much of the debt is interest?

    August 7, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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