Crossroads GPS ad continues tax debate
September 14th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Crossroads GPS ad continues tax debate

(CNN) – The independent Karl Rove-backed conservative group Crossroads GPS pushed back on Democrats' claim that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would raise taxes on the middle class launching ads in six battleground states Friday to counter the president's campaign ads in swing states.

The conservative group said its $5.3 million ad buy responds to the Obama campaign's criticism that Romney's tax plan hurts middle and low-income Americans. The Crossroads spot will begin airing on broadcast TV stations and cable networks Friday for one week in the swing states of Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

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Team Obama's most recent ad was released Wednesday and attacks Romney for failing to give further details on his tax plan as well as criticizes his proposal as unfair to middle-class Americans. The campaign said the ad will air in Iowa, Nevada, Virginia and Ohio.

"Obama promised…" the ad narrator says followed by a television clip of Obama promising to not raise taxes on families whose annual income is less than $250,000 per year.

"Untrue," says the narrator. "Middle-class Americans face a huge tax increase because of Obamacare. Now Obama claims Mitt Romney will raise taxes. Also untrue. Romney's plan lowers middle-class tax rates by 20%."

"Barack Obama: Dishonest on taxes because he's failed on jobs," the ad concludes.

The Obama campaign ads, as well as outside groups supporting Democrats, have pointed to a report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center that concludes under Romney's tax plan wealthy Americans would receive large tax cuts, increasing the tax burden on the lower and middle classes.

The Romney campaign has said the study is flawed because it does not take into account his full plan, failing to account for additional revenue that would result from a reduction in the corporate tax rate.

Crossroads called the Tax Policy Center report "discredited" in a statement about the ad buy and says Obama's ad relies "on a now debunked study, based on hypothetical assumptions, to assert that Governor Romney supported tax increases."

The Tax Policy Center, however, has stood by the findings in their August report.

"President Obama raised taxes on the middle class, and his campaign is dishonestly smearing Gov. Romney to change the subject away from his own tax hikes and the economy that he mishandled over the last four years," said Crossroads GPS president and CEO Steven Law in a statement about the ad.

CNN's Dana Davidsen, Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    You know the Romney campaign is losing when they bring in their death star.

    September 14, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Keep pummeling him Crossroads!! Keep educating the public because the LSM sure isn't doing it.

    September 14, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Really? What a crock!

    Let's see Mitt be HONEST on taxes! Where are you tax returns, Amnesty boy?!?!

    September 14, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Thankfully only the 500 people who watch CNN at any given time will see the liberal slant without the context.

    Its not just Fox where you can get the whole story, its on the internet its in other newspapers than the NY Times or WAPO etc.

    Look around a bit, you may find information that doesn't show up in these traditionally liberal news sources..

    If only Karl Rove ran the NYTs.. Rob , is this what your referring to as truth ?

    I find more news and information watching reruns of the Lawrence Welk show then I do on Fox , sorry to say.

    September 14, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    It doesn't matter what the twit's handlers say their candidate can't run on we will tell the US what we are going to do once his bulliness is elected because he is NOT going to win in November.
    Now he has ticked off China too. That's five countries in a little bit over a month? Is this his foreign experience making enemies of our allies and making our not really allies mad at US?
    His boy toy is proud that his foreign experience is that he voted for two unfunded wars. One which was a down right lie?

    September 14, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Jan

    So THE ROMNEY TACTIC continues, but at a HIGHER VOLUME!!! Say that President Obama is "Guilty of Every Tax Release Avoidance and Dishonest Thing" we all know from nearly the beginning of Romney's Campaign, that he himself is guilty of. And now from this article and a previous one we know that this will be THE FRAME FOR HIS CAMPAIGN DEBATE, along with SHOUTING OVER President Obama! God help President Obama, because Romney seems to have taken the Express Elevator From Hell! I wish he would just go away, because I don't have any suggestions on how President Obama should deal with him. I don't think there has ever been a candidate like Mitt Romney, and I hope there will never be another one.

    September 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |

    Shelden Adelson would get a 2 billion tax break under Willard's tax plan while the middle class gets stuck with the bill. Pretty much, Shelden and other billionaires like him will get an additional 20% tax break on top of the Bush tax cuts they already have. Karl Rove can attack all he wants, but even he knows Willard's tax plan is not good for the middle class. Show me someone in the middle class who will benefit from the estate tax being eliminated.

    September 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Kizito

    Even Karl Rove does not know the specifics of what Romney will eliminate. Crossroads are flying blind and speculating. While we are on taxes, how does a guy request 10yrs of returns from his VP and disclose only 2 yrs to the citizens. Sounds hypocritical.

    September 14, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. lolo

    Keep on spending those millions. Vote Dem across the board. We must get rid of the GOP/TP nut jobs period. They are totaly insane.

    September 14, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Dishonest on jobs because he failed on taxes? How does that make any sense? They aren't connected like that. There seems to be a missing bit of logic there. They have a limited connection. There isn't enough to justify that statement.

    September 14, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. lolo

    Another thing President Obama could raise taxes throught the roof and I would still trust him over Romneyhood. Where are you taxes Mr. Twit?

    September 14, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    ""on a now debunked study"

    Debunked by what? There's not been a single study to come out that has credibly found anything different.

    Newsflash: "Nuh uh" does not "debunk" a non-partisan study put together by a large group of experts who are from both parties.

    September 14, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Nyckid

    Fraud. That's what Robney is!!! A clear fraud. All the rest is clear except that he's a fraud. So easily hidden, in clear view. How can I be hiding something in front of everyone??? The ole Jedi Mind trick!!! It's not there!!! LMAO

    September 14, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. JohnW

    "Untrue," says the narrator. "Middle-class Americans face a huge tax increase because of Obamacare. Now Obama claims Mitt Romney will raise taxes. Also untrue."
    A couple things here. First, I don't recall Obama ever saying (or suggesting) that Mitt was going to raise taxes, just that the middle class would be getting more of the burden. Which is true.
    Second, I suspect that Rove's highly distorted definition of the word "huge" has some kind of correlation to him opening his pants and looking down.

    September 14, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney would serve himself better by getting rid of that guy Williamson because he's responsible for Romney jumping the gun on Libya and now he's trying to CYA by blaming it on Obama. In addition, Karl Rove aka Bush, Cheney, Halliburton et al, is a drag on any chances Romney could have had, they are responsible and Romney has proven to lack leadership.

    September 14, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    They must really think we are idiots. Willard will not show his taxes and Congress refuses to do their jobs and it's President Obama's fault??

    November can't get here quick enough for me, I am sick of seeing Willards lying ads.

    September 14, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. The Situation

    Rove, you swift boats type of ads may had worked against Kerry in 2004, but this is a new day and era.

    September 14, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Phaque

    Anything associated with Karl Rove is got to be viewed as completely untruthful. Non-partisan experts have already weighed in on this debate. Romney's plan must raise taxes on the middle class to pay for the cuts for the rich.

    September 14, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Nice pivot. Now can you answer the question?

    "Dishonest on taxes"

    Does Romney really want to go there? What is Mitt hding in his taxes?

    September 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    21 new taxes in Obamacare alone people... TWENTY ONE NEW TAXES!! To go along with the $716 BILLION he steals from medicare. Yeah, Obama hasn't raised taxes. Just one more in the long list of big lies he and the left spreads.

    September 14, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Time for Real Change!

    Omaha, the Tax Man himself, can he possibly be so stupid to campaign on who is raising taxes? Obama not only does he not know who US allies are, and how many states there are in the US, he now forgets that Democrats are, and have always been, Tax and Spend and Spend More, and Spend More! The middle class are being hit the hardest in Obamacare. Does he care? Hell no!

    September 14, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    William Gale, one of the authors of the Tax Policy Center study, was a member of George H. W. Bush’s economic Council. The Tax Policy Center’s director is Donald Marron, who was a member of George W. Bush’s President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) as well and was acting director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and executive director of Congress’s Joint Economic Committee (JEC).

    FACT: Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls expect you to discount the Tax policy Center study simply beacuse it doesn't say what they want you to hear. It tells the objective and demonstrable truth. The only rebuttal Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls have offered, rather than providing specifics and details about their supposed tax plan and the deductions and loopholes they would cut, is to say "tax cuts makey big economic happy time explosion in country's pants." Even that is nothing more than ideological fluff, because they cite no facts, evidence, data, historical record or even a theory to support HOW and via what mechanisms that would happen. It's simply "cuz that's the way by belief system says the world works and I don't need any proof."

    September 14, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Facts don't Lie

    yet Rove and company keep trying to tell you the country is broke...we all have no money but they can spend millions of dollars trying to sell this tripe. I think with an 11% approval rating of congress and the Obama approval rating going up the country is not falling for this stuff as much as it used to.

    September 14, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Desmond, a Canadian


    September 14, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. sargentpepper

    i don't think republicans should be arguing about taxes since romney does not believe in paying as much as he should.

    September 14, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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