Conservative group launches new ad with former Obama supporters
August 14th, 2012
05:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Conservative group launches new ad with former Obama supporters

(CNN) – A major conservative, nonprofit group on Tuesday released a new television ad, featuring voters who backed President Barack Obama in 2008 but have since changed their minds.

Americans for Prosperity, partially funded by industrialists David and Charles Koch, will shell out $7 million for the one-minute spot titled, "Has President Obama Earned Your Vote?"

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In the commercial, voters express regret over casting their ballots for Obama four years ago.

"I had hoped that the new president would bring new jobs–not major layoffs, not people going through major foreclosures on their homes," one woman says in the ad.

Another voter adds: "He said he was going to cut the deficit in his first term. I've seen zero interest in reducing spending. He inherited a bad situation, but he made it worse."

Piling on, a third voter says: "I still believe in hope and change. I just don't think Obama is the way to go for that."

The group says the ad will run beginning Wednesday on broadcast and cable in 11 battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The new ad comes one week after Americans for Prosperity, which has already spent tens of millions on ads critical of Obama, launched another commercial blaming the president for the rising debt. At the time, the group told CNN it would spend up to $27 million total to run spots on TV, as well as social and new media, over the coming weeks.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Af

    Yes! yes! yes! because Obama cares for people like me, like most of the American people. republican want to care only for the wealthy people like Romney, Donald Trump, Adelson etc... VIVA Obama 2012, Vivre Obama 2012, 4more years Obama

    August 14, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. green libertarian

    thank goodness I stopped purchasing cable TV years ago. You can get your news (and even video) from the internet and avoid (most of) the commercials and ridiculous campaign ads.
    Sadly, the gop is no longer (and for quite some time now) a viable option when it comes to FACTS, TRUTH and REALITY. I need a real choice; until then I'll vote for Obama, because he's far more trustworthy than Romney. Mitt will say and do anything (except show his tax returns).

    August 14, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Mike

    Yes, he has earned my vote. Whereas Romney couldn't even buy my vote.

    August 14, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    My answer is YES!

    August 14, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Willard

    Well, yes! Not only mine, but my wife, our daughter voting first time in her life, and 2 more votes from our neighboors, long time republicans! Is it enough?

    August 14, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Mr.Walker

    i wonder how much money they paid these so called obama voters to lie

    August 14, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. marty

    Mitt Romney is a businessman. Business is interested in profits, the bottom line. The only interest business has in the ordinary American is in using them as the necessary worker or subordinate for profit making. Business cares little about quality and a lot about money. Business has infiltrated the fields of health and education, we now witness the results.

    With the horrendous Supreme Court decision re: Citizens United, we are presently watching business moguls trying to buy the office of the President of the United States.

    The voters of these United States must decide if they want a government by and for the people or a government take over by very very rich businessmen whose self interests will literally destroy our democracy. Tjhis is very serious.

    August 14, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Michael

    They can't prove that they voted for President Obama! Repuglicans are the liars! They cry for 4 years where are the jobs Mr President! But, voted against or fillibusterd or cried against every jobs bill President Obama presented them! These repuglicans extemist obstructionist, who are king of the fillibuster and "DOING NOTHING," for 4 years, but trying to make sure President Obama is a one term President! Evaporated 1/2 trillion surplus, -8.9 GDP, 11 trillion national debt, 1.3 trillion deficit, 2.8 trillion in tax cuts (unpaid for)2 Wars (unpaid for), Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for), 3 trillion borrowed from China, a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis’s, losing over 700,000 jobs monthly and a economy on the brink of depression when President Obama took office!

    August 14, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Dorce

    All I can say about president Obama critics and that they all are unfair and misguided people that do not know. I find it extremely outregeous when people tell that Obama did nothing come people it is only 4 years and you expect the same kind of miracles that Jesus Christ did from Obama. I understand that there were campaign promises on the campaign trail and which candidate who never make promises and which candidate who always fullfil all of their promises? George W Bush promised us heaven and earth and he gave us a bad economy a great reccession that US has never seen since the great depression and two unecessary wars that was not even paid for. These were few of the messes that Barack had to clean. Barack promised Wall Street reform and he deliver on it, to end the Iraq war and he did and also Afghanistan like he promissed will come to an end soon. THese two wars are two of the major reason why the recovery is so slow. They cost billions of dollars a day that we are barrowing from China. Barack promised healthcare reform and he did and do you since when that we been talking about healthcare reform? Since Roosevelt was president. They all have tried and failed including Bill Clinton. I know that there is so much resentment because the GOP wanted someone different from Barack to have that big accomplishment under their belt that is why they constantly vow to repeal it. It is a jalousy from the GOP. Barack keep the auto industry alive and put regulation in place to regulate the banks and the insurance companies that is more accomplishment than George W Bush and George Hebert Bush combine and even more accomplishment than the successful democrat BIll Clinton. What I want to say if you do not have nothing better, I would say hush up and give the middle class and America a chance.

    August 14, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Yes, as a matter of fact he has.

    The republicans cannot buy my vote, steal my vote, or block my vote. The more the republicans lie, the more they lose undecideds and independents.

    August 14, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. James L.

    American's for Prosperity is a Koch brothers cult that will do anything to get a puppet president who will sign what they tell him.

    August 14, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. truthman

    Obama reelected is like asking for four more years of trouble and misery. And yet some will still go to the polls and vote for him expecting change for the better.

    August 14, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. morleytr

    $27 million in advertisements about rising debt. And these people can't pay more taxes?

    August 14, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. 1nsite

    Nothing says new hope and change like the super rich Koch brothers. I'm pretty sure their doing this out of the kindess of their hearts.

    August 14, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Jerry

    In America, the truth eventually prevails. The so called Obama campaign team can massage the situation/issues all they want, but eventually HE and his flunkies as well as HIS misguided supporters will have to look at reality straight in the face (that, of course, includes the lame stream media).

    August 14, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Jack

    Ah the Koch brothers. No stopping these billionaire boys. They want a billionaire for president who will help them get richer.

    August 14, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. Name Mrs. Bethea

    Do you have amnesia? We were on a fiscal cliff,how can you think going back to trickle down economic work,we were in a deep recession which take longer than three years to recover,if you want someone whose not transparent and for the 1% than mitts your guy.

    August 14, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Thomas

    More so then Romney or Ryan.

    They are GW Bush returns . they are the part responsible for the mess we are in.

    No actually its our fault , we elected Bush .

    August 14, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. gt

    simple ...are you better off now...then vote obama...

    August 14, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. Rich

    Mr. President inherited a bad situation form the Republic President. He tried his best. We should give him the time. I do not believe any Republic candidate, for example, like Rommey, can make any change. We just can not afford another Bush!!!

    August 14, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Peter Griffin

    His former supporters must have heard about the amnesty he just gave the mexicans

    August 14, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. TotalMahem

    I'd like to see Henry Winkler and Ron Howard repeat their 2008 TV spot (Andy Griffith has passed on) telling America how they once voted for the guy in the White House but now they realize it was a mistake. They're big enough to admit it and move on; they're gonna vote for someone new.

    August 14, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  23. Craig

    Obama has passion, charisma & intellect. Romney has......Actually, he has nothing. He's just very odd. As far as our economy goes, Republicans are a disaster and it takes a Democratic administration to clean it up. The mess we're in now is taking longer to clean up because the hole Bush dug was quite deep. So, be patient, by the end of Obama's second term we should be on pretty solid ground, then hopefully we'll have another four to eight years of another Democratic administration and things will continue to get stronger.

    August 14, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are campaign promises that can be made. They are made with some assumptions. Obama's campaign didn't have the correct assumptions. It seems that the didn't think it was as bad as it was. When Congress doesn't do anything to help or impeeds progress, then that hurts chances to get things done. Just because his party had control of Congress doesn't mean that Obama could get anything passed through Congress. Democrats can think and act on their own.

    August 14, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  25. hate from the left but mostly lies

    Is there anything not true in this ad? these are real reasons why not to elect Obama, not attacking him for somthing stupid like his time as a community organizer. ( has anyone figured out what a community organizer is yet? I'm still stumped)

    August 15, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
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