Obama campaign stands by 'overboard' ads
September 24th, 2012
07:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign stands by 'overboard' ads

(CNN) – Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama, said in an interview Monday that she stood by all of the president's television ads, despite the assertion from Obama himself that some of the spots have gone "overboard."

"Absolutely, absolutely," Cutter said on CNN's "The Situation Room" when asked if she could back all of Obama's campaign ads.

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In an unaired portion of Obama's "60 Minutes" interview, the president admitted that sometimes political ads, even from his own campaign, go too far.

"Do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign, the mistakes that are made or the, you know, areas where there's no doubt that somebody could dispute how we are presenting things? That happens in politics," Obama said. "There is a sharp contrast there. But the stakes are high."

"The truth of the matter is most of the time we're having a vigorous debate about a vision for the country," he continued. "Is it going to be sharp sometimes? Absolutely."

Romney's campaign reacted quickly to Obama's comments, saying in a statement that the president "himself admitted his campaign has gone 'overboard' and made mistakes."

"The real test now is whether or not the president will change course and honor his long-discarded promise to change the tone in Washington," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in the statement.

Cutter said Monday that the Democratic effort had a stronger track record on facts than their rivals, citing a Romney adviser who recently said, "We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

"I do agree with the president," Cutter said. "We take fact-checking very, very seriously. We spend a lot of time making sure that the facts up on the air, we're able to back them up. And, you know, just think about the contrast with the Romney campaign. Their chief strategist Neil Newhouse said they weren't going to be beholden by fact-checkers. There's a big difference. We take fact-checking very seriously."


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  1. BILL, WI

    So much for fact-checking. If the Dems were serious about fact-checking, the president would not have said that some of the ads went overboard. Could the president have been thinking about what his campaign staff and Sen Reid said about Romney not paying taxes for ten years.

    September 25, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Flint Rock

    Barack rocks!!

    September 25, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Roger

    All this money being allowed into campaigns (e.g. Adelson, Koch Brothers, etc.) is not only immoral it is dangerous. The Supreme Court needs to address this again immediately and not allow this to go on. The American public is not stupid – we are able to distinguish between fact and falsehood without all these inane, cruel and deceptive ads. For my part, I stand with President Obama and Vice President Biden. The Republican party (if you can call it that anymore) needs to regroup, refocus and reinvent and find their soul again – Romney and Ryan seem to have neither and neither is deserving of the offices they seek.

    September 25, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Romney's campaign reacted quickly to Obama's comments, saying in a statement that the president "himself admitted his campaign has gone 'overboard' and made mistakes."

    There is something really distasteful about Mitt Romney. I don't know, might be his prep-boy whining coming across. Reminds me of all those nasty ads his campaign directed against not only his fellow Republicans, but Barack Obama as well. Mitt Romney is fading fast, both as a candidate and as a fellow human being. Of course, he still thinks he's going to win this election ... and is getting his transistion team ready to go. Not the brightest bulb, our Mr. Mittens.

    September 25, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    What the republicans do is called flipping the script. That's when you do something, usually something stupid, then turn around and accuse the other person of that very same thing. It's a very common phrase where I come from. And we see it everyday from Willard.

    But I guess it's excused since we are gentiles, not mormons.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 25, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. jnpa

    The problem with the GOP is they expect the President to be nice, totally truthful bordering on complimentary, and never point out that the GOP is wrong about something. The GOP on the other hand can say whatever they want, lie whenever they want, and refuse to pull back a comment they know is false. I have seen so many ads from the GOP and statements from Romney and Ryan that we all know are totally false, but yet they continue the spew those lies. Sorry GOP, grin and bear it!

    September 25, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. TownC

    Mr. Obama is charismatic, can connect with people and can give a great speech. Too bad he is in way over his head with foreign affairs and he is out of ideas on the economy. His "bumps in the road" and his "overboard" comments would be seized upon as ridiculous gaffes if uttered by Mitt. They would be evidence of a campaign in chaos. Mr. Obama is overconfident and arrogant and will lose in November. Mitt has the experience and the leadership to move our country forward and once again lead in world affairs. His ideas will lead us out of this terrible Obama economy.

    September 25, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. John

    Obama is honest and humble while Romney is a liar and arrogant. The negative campaign and constant attacks are getting boring and the polls are starting to show the reaction of people to the Republican drama. It didn't work for Palin and it won't work for Romney. Also – Obama didn't authorize all of the democratic political ads just as Romney didn't authorize all Republican ads. Obama lives in the real world and Romney lives in a world of car elevators, open windows on air planes, and dancing horsies.

    September 25, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    There is ZERO honesty in the Democratic Party. They are complete liars, thieves, and criminals.

    September 25, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Mr

    Obama is a failure and so is his campaign.

    September 25, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. GRWohio

    So, when is a lie not a lie? Based on Cutter's comments, when the stakes are so high that winning by any means possible is more important than telling the truth.

    Regarding the media fact checkers.... there is a significant liberal bias in the way the fact checking information is reported. The standard for Republcans is much higher than Dems in the main stream media. If you don't believe that, then ask yourself these questions. Why did CBS choose to not air Obama's commments? If these were Romney's words, would CBS have chosen to not air the comments?

    The mudslinging from both sides disgust me. We deserve an honest debate on the important issues we face as a country. The Obama campaign and his super PACs have reached new lows in the race to the bottom. They should be embarrased. The media should be embarrassed for not challenging them more on this issue. But, I guess the stakes are "too high" to be honest about such matters.

    September 25, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Not related to this particular thread, but to the right-wing idiots who keep saying Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu, first of all, Netanyahu is a right-wing radical extremist who doesn't want peace in the Middle East. Second, and more importantly, the USA doesn't take it's orders from Israel. The reason why the rest of the Middle East hates us, is because we side unequivocally with Israel, who have become one of the most oppressive regimes since, well, WW2 Germany. For the most part, the Israeli people want peace, but as long as Israeli Teabagger Netanyahu is in control, expect more thumbing of the nose at the US and the rest of the civilized world.

    September 25, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Yes, some of the Obama campaign ads have been overboard as they attempt to describe Mitt Romney's outsourcing of Americans jobs overboard.

    September 25, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Roger- But millions in contributions from George Soros, MoveOn.Org, Media Matters to buy the presidency for Obama in 2008 and 2012 is acceptable....? If UNIONS are people, then Corporations are people.

    September 25, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. rs

    Compared to the over-the-top, fact free, utter fantasy adds run by Mr. Romney, Carl Rove and the rest, the ads for the President are pretty tame.
    It will be a significant miracle if before November 6 that Mr. Romney either puts forward an actual policy or regulatory change, or utters one true statement (aside from those from "private" fund raisers that is), or can go a day-long news cycle without flip-floppin'.

    September 25, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. rs

    Ancient Texan-
    Mr. Soros' contributions pale against the known contributions of Mr. Adelson- $60,000,000 to date. Your party sir, has been bought and sold- and your best interests along with it.

    September 25, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Sniffit

    Article quotes Cutter: ""We take fact-checking very, very seriously. We spend a lot of time making sure that the facts up on the air, we're able to back them up. And, you know, just think about the contrast with the Romney campaign. Their chief strategist Neil Newhouse said they weren't going to be beholden by fact-checkers. There's a big difference. We take fact-checking very seriously."

    Comment from Teatroll: "Based on Cutter's comments, when the stakes are so high that winning by any means possible is more important than telling the truth. "

    Reading Comp 101...Grade: F

    September 25, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. excited

    Tired of Mit Rob Me criticizing Pres. Obama for the very thing he's doing. It's like he's giving insight into his campaign. Mitt, you are just not a trustworthy individual. It's everything you say, you show no substance or guidance as to where you want to take the country. Just do the right thing and call it quits!

    September 25, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    BILL, WI – How do you know Romney paid taxes for 10 years? Have you seen his tax returns? No, you haven't. You're a simple minded, gullible right-wing low-info voter who will do or say anything you're told by the "not intended to be factual" GOP. Based on Romney's 2011 tax return, if he had taken his deductions, his effective tax rate would be 9%. With that single return, which has been totally re-engineerd to appear that Romney paid a higher tax rate, it's not inconceivable that over the past decade, Romney has found enough loopholes to have low, single digit tax rates (2,3,4%), or perhaps even 0%. Classic case of right-wingers voting against their self-interests, seeing as your taxes are going to increase drastically if you vote for Romney. And as far as debt goes, Romney would add 5 trillion to it right out of the gate. So please, do some research before you vote, your ignorance imperils the rest of the country.

    September 25, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. edgyone

    The republicans can not be concerned with fact checkers because their entire platform is devoid of them. They have made ever kind of outrageous accusation, misrepresentation and down right slander imaginable and now they are complaining about "overboard" ads. The Dems need to take a page out of the Republican play book and go more overboard if they want to win. Like, the "Republicans want to deport every one that does not pay income tax". That's not true, but saying it is ok if saying Obama wants to change the US to a communist country is.

    September 25, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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    September 25, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Mark

    Who cares about going overboard? As the scab NFL referees taught us, all that matters is winning, baby.

    September 25, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Justin

    Once they swiftboated Kerry it was all fair game in my eyes. So long Mitt!

    September 25, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Sonia

    Obama Rocks, I love this president

    September 25, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. ivan

    Why does either candidate have to do this as part of the campaign.

    They should only focus on the facts and strengths.

    They never talk about anything positive like what they have really done, and the truth.

    It is always negative talk about the other candidate and lies.

    Liike the 4.5 million jobs that were created.
    Where?

    September 25, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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