Obama radio ads to hit battleground states
August 20th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama radio ads to hit battleground states

(CNN) – A series of radio ads from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign are set to hit battleground states Monday, with each spot tied to local concerns facing voters in each state.

Florida's spot focuses on Medicare, blasting Obama's rivals Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for proposing a plan that would allow private insurers to compete with traditional Medicare on an exchange.

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Medicare has been at the forefront of the presidential campaign since Romney chose Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, as his running mate. Ryan campaigned in Florida Saturday with his mother, who is a Medicare recipient herself.

Other states' radio ads spotlight different issues. In Iowa, clean energy is the focus. Obama slammed Romney for his stance on wind energy when he campaigned in Iowa at the beginning of last week.

Nevada voters will hear radio spots focusing on housing, and in New Hampshire – where Romney and Ryan are campaigning Monday – Obama's campaign is running spots hitting the Republican ticket for their position on federally subsidized Pell Grants for higher education.

Other battleground states in the Obama radio buy include North Carolina, where veterans' support services are the focus; Ohio, whose ad also hits Romney and Ryan for their position on Pell Grants; and Virginia, where ads will run focusing on road and infrastructure projects.

"From letting the housing market hit rock bottom to turning Medicare into a voucher system and slashing investments in education, the Romney-Ryan approach is consistent with their belief in a top-down economy – provide trillions in tax cuts to those at the top and pay for it with tax hikes on the middle-class and deep cuts in key investments we need to create jobs and grow our economy," Obama spokesman Adam Fetcher wrote in a statement.

A Romney campaign spokeswoman responded to the new ads with a statement.

"No amount of misleading, distorted ads can cover up President Obama's failure to keep his promises," Amanda Henneberg wrote. "President Obama hopes voters will ignore his record of cutting $700 billion from Medicare, gutting work requirements in welfare, and failing to create jobs for the 23 million Americans struggling for work. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will bring back jobs and get our country back on the right track."

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    The ads should be focused primarily in Florida. R&R are going to lie about their plans for Medicare all the way up until election day. Seniors need to be informed of their true intentions.

    August 20, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. demwit

    Radio ads!? Since when did Dems start listening to radios?? I mean.., even a demwit like me knows about Air America.

    August 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. WiredWeirdinSF

    Is he going to call for Biden to resign? If it was a Republican saying all the stupid stuff the bias media would be all over it, since it is a democrat liberal they are easy on him. I don't thing "Comedy" Central has made one joke about him, like they did with Palin. Speaking of the liberally biased media, there lack of reaction to the Family Resource Center shooting is strange, although expected. Nothing. No calls for the eradication of the LGBT a liberal hate group. No calls for the SPLC to add LBGT groups to their list of hate groups. Just like no mention that the Colorado theater shooter was a big marijuana user. It was in all the European papers, but all of this is strangley absent in the liberally biased media in this country. Might harm the Obozo regime reelection effort you know.

    August 20, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. jpmichigan

    The President can speak his rhetoric over the radio and television over and over, for all one has to do is LOOK AS HIS RECORD AND POLICIES to know he is a failure.

    August 20, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Chung

    GOP is just going to keep lying till September.

    August 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. mississippi

    Why ask anyone to step down when he speaks the truth about the republicans !

    August 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. bb

    Arent there rules with the faa about spewing lies over the radio, Oblunder im sure will follow those, ooops hell use an exec dec after he messes this up mtoo. mr ineptness needs to step down as he promised. Ill close gitmo, unemp under 6% , ill cut deficet in half, well u get the picture
    OBLUNDER=FAIL

    August 20, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    Florida's spot focuses on Medicare, blasting Obama's rivals Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for proposing a plan that would allow private insurers to compete with traditional Medicare on an exchange.
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    Oh No! Competition! Do you know what this could lead to?!?! Lower costs, better quality of care and better service. It is proven and Obama is on the wrong side of the debate in this issue. Health Care Advantage: Romney/ Ryan!

    August 20, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. FedUp

    I have turned off my TV because of all the negative campaign ads. Now I guess I will put on CD's when I am in my car. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let this election be over soon!

    August 20, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. App

    I keep hearing the term" bias media" you mean like Fox the not real news chanel. Bill O'Rielly said "If you speak ill of the Pres. of the U.S. you hate America." He was speaking about Bush at the time, but of course this doesn't apply to Pres. OBama, what a hipocrite.

    August 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    It's times like this that make me grateful for the "change the station" button on the steering wheel.

    August 20, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Marty, FL

    Good for the President. It's time to get the truth out that Romney/Ryan's plan would privatize seniors' Medicare, turning it into a disastrous voucher system capping healthcare.

    Romney/Ryan would also repeal ACA and reinstate doughnut holes in seniors' current prescription coverage.

    August 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. pkrbkr

    The Romney/Ryan ticket will try to lie their way through Florida. Seniors, PLEASE look at their plan! Obama/Biden 2012

    August 20, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Florida's spot focuses on Medicare, blasting Obama's rivals Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for proposing a plan that would allow private insurers to compete with traditional Medicare on an exchange.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Oh No! Competition! Do you know what this could lead to?!?! Lower costs, better quality of care and better service. It is proven and Obama is on the wrong side of the debate in this issue. Health Care Advantage: Romney/ Ryan!"
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    What it would lead to is price fixing and other forms of anti-competetive collusion by the insurance oligarchy in order to kill Medicare. Any lower prices, etc., would be short-lived methods of sucking Medicare recipients into the private insurance market in order to kill the program, at which point there'd be no more need for such competetive pricing, etc., and the thumbscrews would begin to tighten inexorably.

    August 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "I don't thing "Comedy" Central has made one joke about him, like they did with Palin."

    Wow, someone really lives in their own little bubble, huh? Comedy Central not make jokes about Biden? Are you effing kidding me? Stay frantic, my friend, stay frantic.

    August 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Yes, any alternative to a government solution must be opposed as evil. Otherwise the government would have no reason to confiscate more and more of your earnings to fund their massive union job creating machine.

    Democrats ultimate goal is to have government paif for, controlled and run healthcare. One sixth of our economy would become government union employees and you would have ZERO alternative. Talk to that government bureaucrat 3,000 miles away about why you need that procedure. Sorry, their appointed panel of experts decided for you now go away.

    August 20, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Squigman

    With the (dumbest comments), coming from the republicans. With the (lying to win at all cost), coming from the republicans. With the (record of the years from 2000-to-2008), fresh in the minds of the people. With the (almost complete shut down of all credit and financial institutions), culminating in the disaster of 2008 laying right at the door of the republicans. It's incredible that there would be such a thing as a battleground state to worry about. Maybe the people in these battleground states, just don't get the unbiased news they claim to be getting? When lies are told often and on a daily basis, they have a chance to become truths.

    August 20, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. phoenx86

    The title should have read:

    Obama to spend millions pushing his lies to a gullible people.

    That would have been more accurate.

    August 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. pbk

    Why is the Obama campaign doing radio ads? Who the hell listens to the radio except for music? Where are you Axelrod? Just this morning, the Romney/Ryan campaign bought up at least one hour each on MSNBC and CNN prime time to air their ridiculous town hall meeting in NH. Do you have any idea Dems, of the amount of money they are spending on buying up network and cable TV time? Why is everyone letting the Republicans snow us on Medicare when they have every intention of going after Social Security for privatization? This is the plum that corporations want. Those billions without any strings attached under the GOP. Remember, if the GOP were to win this election, they owe it all to Wall Street, not to Main Street.

    August 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Obama running radio ads instead of TV ads? Looks like they spent all their money too fast and can't afford TV ads. Romney has been much wiser and is ready to let lose all of his advertising. Watch Obama's numbers drop like a rock.

    August 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Rob

    Read the newly released book "Leading from behind". It exposes this poser for who he really is...."Obama 'cancelled missions to kill bin Laden THREE TIMES after getting cold feet – until Hillary Clinton stepped in', claims explosive new book"

    August 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    The Romney/Ryan Plan are the exact austerity measures enacted in Europe that have caused their economies to stagnate, stall, and recede in to recession.

    August 20, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Lizzie

    Squigman, you got that right, the democrats been doing it for years.
    When VP Biden says "they're going to put y'all back in chains" that was no gaffe it was a calculated statement to rile up the black voters, but who would ever take VP Biden seriously, RIGHT.

    August 20, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Lizzie

    Rudy NYC, so it's a lot easier to go bankrupt, confiscate all property and call it what, reform. With all the interest the government pays on interest alone, ALL the social programs could be paid for, but that is to much for democrats to grasp.

    August 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |