Pro-Romney super PAC makes largest ad buy yet
August 13th, 2012
10:17 AM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Romney super PAC makes largest ad buy yet

Washington (CNN) - The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is going up with its largest ad buy in terms of dollars with an ad hitting President Barack Obama using his own words and some of his flubs, the group tells CNN.

The spot, called "Another Month," begins with a headline from last week showcasing the unemployment rate rising to 8.3% and the announcer saying "Another month. Even more Americans jobless. If you had President Obama's record, what would you do. Would you joke?" Then it features Obama saying "Shovel ready was not as, shovel-ready as we expected," referencing the administration's $787 billion stimulus bill.

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With a smile on his face, the president made the "shovel-ready" comment during a meeting of his jobs council in June 2011 in response to a question about some of the problems with permitting for projects.

Restore Our Future said it is spending $10.48 million in the buy for this ad, which goes on the air Tuesday and will run through Aug. 21.

The spot then goes on to ask "Deny reality?" and a clip of the president saying, "We tried our plan, and it worked." The president said the line in late July in Oakland, California as he was comparing the policies of Bill Clinton vs. Republicans while trying to describe what choice voters face today. He was not specifically referencing his administration's policies. However, Republicans immediately pounced on the comment.

The ad also uses the president's statement at a June news conference–"The private sector is doing fine"–when he was making a comparison to how the public sector was doing worse in terms of job loss. He later in the day told reporters "it's absolutely clear the economy is not doing fine" to try to contain the political damage.

The commercial ends with the announcer saying: "Or do what Obama's allies are doing now – launch shameful, dishonest attacks? With no record to run on, it's the only strategy Obama has left."

Independent fact checkers have said ads from both campaigns in recent months have included false accusations and out of context remarks in them.

Restore Our Future, which just completed an ad buy during the Olympics touting Romney's record of running the 2002 Salt Lake City games, will air this new ad in the same 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    Republicans complaining about personal attacks and lies are no better than collaborators complaining about their haircuts.

    August 13, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. PaMom

    If Obama has no accomplishments to run on, what else is left but attacks and distractions from his failed economy? He's the one who said "if he did not turn things around after two years, he was a 1 term president". Let's pray so!

    August 13, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    The spot then goes on to ask "Deny reality?" and a clip of the president saying, "We tried our plan, and it worked."
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    Just the irony of Obama saying any plan he came up with has worked is enough to confuse people. This administration has been the poster child for broken promises. Excuses will not play well in the debates. Can't wait. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 13, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    I admit I've lost track of Romney's lies. Might be because the past three years there have been nothing BUT lies directed at President Obama coming from the right and after awhile it just becomes more of the same.

    I wonder why Romney and his surrogates feel the need to lie so much? Bit of Richard Nixon deja vu coming on. We all know how well that turned out for the Republican Party.

    August 13, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Phil Thomas

    America is proving according to the polls you can't buy an election, please don't let these clowns buy the office

    August 13, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Niko_in_Richmond

    Well, if the truth won't support your case, make stuff up and hope that the American people are dumb enough to buy it. The political talking-heads keep talking about how Paul's selection woud change the debate. Well, that's not gong to happen as long as you have these Super-PACs with unlimited funds willing to spend millions on dishonest campaign ads. The sad part about it is that they do it because they know some people are gullible enough to buy their LIES.

    August 13, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Thomas

    Paul Ryan used insider trading:

    "Ryan attended a closed meeting with congressional leaders, Bush's Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on September 18, 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to disclose the coming economic meltdown and beg Congress to pass legislation to help collapsing banks.

    Instead of doing anything to help, Ryan left the meeting and on that very same day Paul Ryan sold shares of stock he owned in several troubled banks and reinvested the proceeds in Goldman Sachs, a bank that the meeting had disclosed was not in trouble."

    August 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    All the money in the world won't get these Gop losers elected in Nov ,as I write this the Gop liers are runing the welfare ad that has already been proven totally false ,pants on fire !!! These people should be kicked out of the USA ,after all ,they should go where their money is Cayman .islands tax chest romney !!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. king

    let me see. obama had saved the 17 trillion dollars dollars stock market crash you guys left him, he has reversed the 9 percent economy retraction you repubs left him, he has save the 800 thousands jobs lost you guys left him, he has the housing markets ticking upwards since the housing crash you guys left him, he had gotten rid of 1 of the wars and drawing down the other one you warmungering guys left him, he has the anual tax deficit of 1.5 trillion to under 1 trillion you guys left him, he has created more jobs in 3 years than you guys created in 8 with your tax breaks for the rich fiasco you guys left him. come on repub superpac. the american people didnt just came on earth last week.

    August 13, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Darrell

    Brought to you by Karl Rove and the Romney Gang...People who lie like there is no tomorrow.

    August 13, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Jon

    Obama is his own worse enemy ... talk about being out of touch, Obama is as out of touch and any political candidate. He is nothing more than a multimillionare that pretends to be middle class.

    August 13, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Laverne

    Romney is the most shameful dishonest candidate ever! He slaughtered his opponents during the primary with negative, hateful and nasty ads. Now he somehow think that he should be treated different. You get what you give and i hope Obama plan to not let up on his sorry behind. He chose Ryan out of desperation because he knew the lastest polls showed he was sinking fast and if he stood even a remote possibilty of a win, he had to make a choice to energize the base because, simple and plain.

    August 13, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Marry

    Gov. Romney, did not invent dirty campaigns – but he surly perfected them! The king of slander and making up his own facts, a man not standing by his “accomplishments” because he knows they do not hold up to any test, the epidemic of secrecy and misleading on many important issues (Taxes!!!!!!!!!! We want to see the returns!!!!!!), cowardly picking Ryan to do the dirty work to lie to the voter how they will just “overhaul Medicaid and “modernize the social safety net”, getting ready to lower the taxes for the rich even more and spending more on “defense” preparing for the next stupid war based on lies. And this man (wimp) has the nerve to attack the President with lies? The President who works with more class, smarts and integrity in one week than Romney has in his whole life??!!!??? These men (Romney and Ryan) have both very limited views (greed and an overestimating themselves and their intellectual capabilities – not to mention a total lack of character) and are not ever going to be capable to work for ALL the people of our country (just about for 1%!)
    So, never mind what nonsense they spread, check things out and then vote a strait DEMOCRAT-TICKET! Only when the GOP / TP are out of Washington, the states and the local government can life improve for all!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    80% of economists say the stimulus worked. Why does Willard's SuperPAC and campaign blatantly lie? Oh, that's why. He thinks he can distract us from his TAXES. SHOW US YOUR PAPERS!!!

    August 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You republicans should have been around during the economic meltdown under Bush and his republican cronies. 8 million jobs lost in Bush's last three years, the cost of our unfunded wars catching up with us, the stock market under 7000, TARP, unfunded drug programs, a national debt that was over $12 trillion, a U-6 rate of 14.2%, and big tax breaks for who least needed it. What is scary, Bush is smarter than Mittens.

    August 13, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    have you ever noticed that when obama speaks, he is always pointing his finger at the people, in a way like he is dictating, that its me, you will bow down and it is also demeaning to the people, just about like a balack community organizer who has NO respect for the people. If he stuck the finger in my face, he might end talking to the hand, people of his nature dont deserve respect. those who get respect give respect and you dont get it from the wanna be obama.

    August 13, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Core republican Values

    This kind of advertising is a complete waste. Its super to see the republicans vaporize so much money on advertising that everyone knows is just stupid.

    After Karl "Adolph Eichmann" Rove "swift-boated" John Kerry, the republicans were stained for all eternity with a disgusting stench from which they will never come clean.

    August 13, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Rosslaw

    Hey, money launderers, inside traders, those who gin up fake business expenses like "Son of Boss" for unearned tax deductions and interests out of the People's Republic of China think "Restore Our Future" is doing an outstanding job.

    August 13, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Yes, because all the downright lies, half truths and crapola is really all that the flip-flopping camp has left.
    His nomination of a man disliked in his own state is a complete disaster. Some people in Wisconsin like him but they wouldnt vote for him. His district had a large percentage of voters who voted against their end funds for public servants walker.
    The bully can run all he wants but hismpast brings bzck to bain and the olympics which was saved by taxpayer money. Once again showing the world that as long as his money is not involved he will use everyone else's and just make a profit from it.

    August 13, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Workers Unite !

    Obama has lied to everyone since his first day on the 08 campaign trail.

    August 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Great ads. Keep up the good work. Don't let Obama and his leftist lie machine get away with ANYTHING.

    August 13, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. DR

    They haven't even ask the question about Mitt and the temple ritual he went through and the blood oath! Look it up, the words have changed, but the ceremony is the same. It makes the Rev. Wright story an absolute joke! The blood oath is an oath against the government by the Mormons for the spilled blood of the prophet Joseph Smith!

    August 13, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |