First on CNN: Pro-Romney super PAC makes second buy in Wisconsin, Michigan
September 26th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Pro-Romney super PAC makes second buy in Wisconsin, Michigan

Washington (CNN) - Restore Our Future, the major super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, is making its second major ad buy in Wisconsin and Michigan hitting President Barack Obama on his economic record.

Republicans had hoped both states would be toss-ups, but recent polls show the president with an edge in both.

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Restore Our Future is going up with a $2.2 million buy spanning one week ($1.2 million in Michigan and $1 million in Wisconsin) beginning Wednesday.

Its new ad focuses on the future of a girl who was age one when the president was inaugurated in 2009 and would now be in kindergarten.

An announcer asks: "Is her future getting better? Under Obama, America is experiencing the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. Counting people who have dropped out or stopped looking for work, the real unemployment rate is 19%."

Then the spot attacks the president: "Obama has added more debt than the first 41 presidents combined. Is America going forward? Or backward?"

As to why the group is continuing to invest in these two states, Charlie Spies, its treasurer, said in a statement to CNN: "President Obama broke his 2008 campaign promises and now American workers and families are even worse off than they were four years ago. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan offer Americans a proven vision for a different future for our children and that positive Romney message resonates with voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and across the country."

CNN ranks Wisconsin as a "toss-up," while Michigan is classified as "leaning Democratic."

Several of the Republican-leaning independent groups are coordinating both their messages and ad buying strategies in order to maximize their impact and try to make the playing field as large as possible. While these groups cannot work with the Romney campaign on tactics, they are allowed to discuss strategy and exchange information with each other.

Last week Restore Our Future put down the same amount for an ad buy in both Wisconsin and Michigan hitting the Obama Administration on similar themes, pointing out millions of Americans have dropped out of the workforce and the nation's unemployment rate is actually higher when the calculation takes into account those who are no longer looking for jobs or cannot find full-time ones.

Meanwhile, American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove, started airing a commercial in which two small business owners criticize the president's economic decisions, which they say made it difficult to hire workers. Crossroads bought $8.3 million worth of ad time in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Tom Joad

    Note to the GOP (Grand Oil Party). Save your money, Michigan is not for sale. You would have let us go bankrupt after your friends in the banking industry nearly melted down the economy. You didn't need us, and we don't need you.

    September 26, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  2. n

    Romney, sense you are keeping it real, where are your real tax return and were you really on the IRS Government Tax Amnesty Program,. How about keeping it real and tell us why did you destroyed the State owned computer hard drives. Where are those financial documents you shredded when you over saw the Salt Lake City Olympics. Still want to keep it real? Ok, on the real, you Romney and your side kick, Lying Ryan, should be ashamed and embarrass to get before a crowd of desperate people and use fear and hate tactics to woo their votes, knowing good and well, you could care less about their struggles.

    September 26, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  3. tomnikoly

    I just this minute saw one of the American Crossroads anti-Sherrod Brown ads here ion Ohio.

    September 26, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  4. johnmenacherjr

    So who cut unemployment benifits and health care? Just like all the BS from the republicans this add is such a downer with everyone looking so downtrod like the leeches on the rich like Romney the bishop has expressed in his thoughts about working america. I will say this much all is not crap! as fatr as life in my state of wisconsin goes thigs could be better but we are still smiling. Please keep your desperate dressing dark side within your own rich gruop. This is one person loving life despite what the partisan wealthy can do to bring me down. Can't theyt all go off to another planet with Mitt, Maybe the Catholic arhcbishop Dolan can bless them seeing he is a part of our problems and does'nt pat any taxes? Till then I have gotten quick with my MUTE button I am sick oof these adds!

    September 26, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  5. Are you kidding me?

    The Supreme Court really made a mess of things by allowing SuperPacs.

    If they money spent on SuperPacs was instead focused on real jobs and hiring the unemployed the unemployment picture would be much different.

    Don't let the GOP fool you. They do not care about creating jobs as you can see from our latest congress.

    September 26, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |