Conservative group vies for Minnesota voters
October 1st, 2012
02:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Conservative group vies for Minnesota voters

(CNN) – An independent conservative group announced Monday it will drop another half-million on ad time in Minnesota, a state considered safe for President Barack Obama.

American Future Fund said it will expand its $500,000 ad buy from last week for a 30-second spot, spending an additional $483,000 to run the commercial statewide on broadcast and cable through October 10.

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The ad, "Promises," makes no mention of GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Instead, it focuses squarely on Obama by comparing his 2008 message with that of his 2012 campaign.

"We're going through some tough times," he says in campaign footage taken four years ago. The ad then switches to a June 2012 weekly address, when Obama said, "We're still going through some tough times."

Another comparison shows Obama talking about the need to "pay down the debt" both in 2008 and 2012.

The video ends with cautionary text on the screen: "We can't afford four more years of the same speeches."

Minnesota hasn't exactly been a hot destination for the presidential campaigns. Vice President Joe Biden appeared in the state in August, and his wife, Jill, campaigned there last month.

Romney, himself, made a rare visit to Minnesota in late August for a fund-raiser. The president, meanwhile, hasn't stopped in the state since June 1.

However, with the pick of Rep. Paul Ryan from neighboring Wisconsin to be Romney's running mate, some political observers considered the choice a possible strategy to target voters from the Upper Midwest.

Recent polling shows it could still be an uphill battle for Romney in Minnesota. A Mason-Dixon/Star Tribune poll conducted Sept. 17-19 indicated Obama led Romney in the state by eight points, 48% to 40%. In 2008, Obama carried the state over Sen. John McCain by 10 percentage points, and CNN's Electoral Map rates the state "safe" for Obama this cycle.

American Future Fund bills itself as an advocacy groups that aims to "communicate conservative and free market ideals." While the group frequently spends money attacking Democratic candidates in Congressional races, it also purchased an ad buy in Wisconsin and Minnesota in mid-September, hitting the president again on what the group described as his broken promises.

The new spot could be a ploy to help Republican candidates down the ballot in Minnesota by turning out the conservative vote. Rep. Michele Bachmann, for example, is running in a competitive race to defend her seat in the House. Political handicapper Charlie Cook rates her race, as well as incumbent Rep. John Kline's race, as only "leaning Republican." Incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack is also in a tight contest, one rated as a toss-up by Cook. The first-term congressman is battling Rick Nolan to keep his job representing Minnesota's 8th Congressional District.

Asked why the organization was spending nearly a million dollars in the state on its latest commercial, spokesman Matt Beynon said, "AFF is investing in states where it believes it can best make a difference for likeminded candidates and causes."

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Republican Congress signed one bill, to get rid of President Obama and didn't focus or work on anything else, in fact they stumped on everything this President attempted to do to help the American people and that's not what these Republicans were sent to Washington to do. The Republican Congress has worked for and been supported by special interest groups and the rich, not 100% of Americans.

    October 1, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Obama called George Bush unpatriotic for the amount added to the debt. Obama will DOUBLE what Bush added and send the country to the brink of bankruptcy. All while caliming he would cut it in half. As with everything else Obama says, it is all BS. He does exactly the opposite and of course blames others.

    October 1, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Wake up people!

    This is the state that elected that lunatic Bachman, so nothing they do surprises me.

    October 1, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. rs

    I'll give the GOP credit for their elephantine ability to remember each and every campaign promise ever made by Mr. Obama, and their complete ability to forget their role of the past four years of obstructing each and every action which might have helped Americans. The GOP is not a patriotic party. I won't forget that Nov. 6.

    October 1, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Maybe we can't afford 2 more years of republican Congress.

    Our Country was making great progress turning around the economy until repugs got enough votes to block legislation in the Senate. Then, when repugs got control of the House, any hope of moving forward was lost.

    How can repugs blame the President when they will not let his agenda pass??

    Their only answer is to run down the President, then take us back to the same situation that got us into this mess.

    October 1, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    ..........hold on your breath, this Debt is made by idiot GWBush and idiot Reagan. Yes, we will pay. If Mitt the twit, KOCH BROTHERS, ADULTRYSON pay their taxes–this is nothing. Wait, till we remove all GOP congress Animals. Nation is on right track. Yes, stronger on Obama12.

    October 1, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. 2020

    GOP, you may drop another 50M, it won't change Romney's fate. He is a loser.

    He has too many baggages to be saved. HOPELESS. NO HOPE.

    October 1, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. 2020

    YES, truth does hurt, the truth is Romney has abosolutely ZERO % chance to win.

    ZERO, 0, no way....yes, it hurts

    October 1, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. 2020

    GOP – you have Bush Cheney racked up all the bills and expected Obama to pay? Do you have a brain?

    loser!!!

    October 1, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Squigman

    Bachman, came from this state. What makes anyone from here think they have the answers?

    October 1, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. 1twinsfan

    As a Minnesotan, sitting right here in the Twin Cities, let me say...bwah, haha, hee, hee. good luck with that. Bachmann's district isn't that large.

    October 1, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Marry

    I am not sure that if the President had known about how the GOP/TP would treat his Presidency in spite of the mess they had created and he stepped into in 2008, the workload the GOP doubled on the President through their obstruction – he might have had second thoughts applying for “that job”!
    However, he did take the job and he worked relentlessly for us all – avoided the worst and put the country on a way into a future where we all can thrive!
    Now, that things are improving (despite the GOP/TP – not because of them!) they want to take over again and start an even bigger mess. Go figure…

    October 1, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ever wonder why the right wingnuts say that Obama added more to the national debt than 41 presidents? Its because he added less that the two Bushes did. $12 trillion can be attributed to Reagan and the two Bushes, but that was when debt did not matter.

    October 1, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Omar Dice

    In Facts: Republican block by the blll thats why Republican refuse pay our debt down ....

    October 1, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to right wingnuts, the only way out of the Bush/republican near depression is by electing a failed governor of MA, who added $2.6 billion to their debt, outsourced MA government jobs to India, and was 47th in job creation. Obama leads by 28 points in MA, and that is telling of Mitt's ability to govern.

    October 1, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama has ten million donors giving $10, and Mittens has one donor giving him $100 million.

    October 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Bill from GA
    Maybe we can't afford 2 more years of republican Congress.
    Our Country was making great progress turning around the economy until repugs got enough votes to block legislation in the Senate. Then, when repugs got control of the House, any hope of moving forward was lost.
    ===========================================================================================

    "In November [2010], the unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent; it was 9.6 percent in each of the prior 3 months. The number of unemployed persons was 15.1 million."

    "U.S. employers added 39,000 jobs to their payrolls in November, the Labor Department reported. That marks a major slowdown from October, when the economy added an upwardly revised 172,000 jobs.

    November's numbers also fell short of the 150,000 gain that economists surveyed by CNNMoney.com were expecting."

    Oh yeah!!! Obama and the Democrats were one one heck of a bang up job back in November 2010!! Unemployment UP to 9.8% and pathetic jobs growth of 39,000 jobs. Yeha, the good old days indeed!! It is why the American people through the Democrats OUT in record numbers in November 2010. The job will be completed in November 2012 when Obama gets sent packing.

    October 1, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. mcskadittle

    well when is bush going to pony up the money that those two wars costed us and you are all counting as obamas share of the debt?

    October 1, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Mindie in Indie

    If the Obstructionist GOP congress/senate would ever do anything to help America instead of hinder, perhaps Romney would be doing better in the polls.

    The American peole know who ran up the debt and the American People know who's been trying to help America. And it isn't any republican, the GOP Congress, Senate or tea baggers.

    Romney is a victim of his own policies.

    October 1, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    @ truth hurts
    do you have the brass to return to this blog on Nov. 7?

    October 1, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. realitybites

    Wow. What an excessive waste of money. And to think what it it could have actually been useful for.

    October 1, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. The REAL Truth...

    @truth hurts – Obama called George Bush unpatriotic for the amount added to the debt. Obama will DOUBLE what Bush added and send the country to the brink of bankruptcy. All while caliming he would cut it in half. As with everything else Obama says, it is all BS. He does exactly the opposite and of course blames others.
    ---------------------------------
    I often wonder if you ever read what you write, 'cus the truth must REALLY hurt. Do you ever FACT check before parroting Faux Noise. Let me set a few things straight for you...

    1. Dubya did add the most (ever) to the Nat'l Debt, including $3+ TRILLION of the $5+ that Obama is credited with, that paid for the 2 unfunded wars that Dubya started. Typical of the GOP to kick the can down the road.
    2. Obama will actually add about $2 Trillion to the debt, which is about a THIRD (1/3) of what Dubya actually added. $1 Trillion of that came from the Stimulus plan. If OB gets another term, and adds the same to the Nat'l Debt, he'd still have added LESS than Dubya did!
    3. Obama NEVER claimed he would cut the Nat'l Debt in half.. he said he would cut the DEFICIT in half. OK, so he failed on that and ONLY managed to reduce it by 38% when compared to Dubya's last deficit ($1.47 TRILLION).

    Willard's campaign is doing a great job of blaming Obama for everything. While it may not appear like it, I'm a raging INDEPENDENT who has voted for both GOP and Dem candidates. While I don't believe Obama is perfect, he's LIGHT YEARS ahead of the doofus ticket the GOP is offering this go round. I'd be happy to vote for this team if I thought there was the slightest chance they could actually get the country back on track instead of server their masters with deregulation and plutocratic policies. That, and I'm still waiting for something concrete to come from the Twit's camp. No substance, no polices, NO TRUTH, no released taxes (full obfuscation), no vision and no chance in Nov.

    October 1, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. eric

    "The ad, "Promises," makes no mention of GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Instead, it focuses squarely on Obama by comparing his 2008 message with that of his 2012 campaign."

    of it doesnt talk about Romney because if it does people will vote Obama.

    October 1, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. realitybites

    Can someone explain to me what an independent conservative is?

    October 1, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. lolo

    The new republicans are just the lying, sneakiest party I have ever seen. They have selected amnesia when it comes to their party and then expect everyone else to go along. Spend all the money you want, but Mittens will not win. The only way he will win is that you steal it and that is exactly what you are trying to do now, because you know that the true Americans are not falling for your lies anymore, only your dumb sheep. Hey sheep how much did the rich boys pay you to vote for them. Next we are coming afterCongress, so get ready to spend more cash. Since you can not do what you were voted to do, you will be voted out especially the Tea party idiots that you elected.

    October 1, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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