Obama ad uses ghost of recount past
October 24th, 2012
01:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama ad uses ghost of recount past

(CNN) – The razor thin 2000 Florida presidential vote is resurrected in the latest political ad from President Barack Obama's campaign, using the 537-vote deficit that ultimately put George W. Bush in the White House to encourage Democrats to get out and vote.

Another former president – Bill Clinton – is also appearing in a new ad from Obama's campaign, saying detractors of the president are similar to his own opponents from two decades ago.

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In the first ad, a narrator harks back to the contentious 2000 Florida recount, with images of ballot inspectors analyzing those famous hanging chads.

"Five hundred thirty seven – the number of votes that changed the course of American history," the narrator says in the spot, which began airing in Tuesday in Boston media markets, which include the battleground state of New Hampshire, according to political ad tracker CMAG.

Obama's campaign said the spot would also air in Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, and Wisconsin.

Over pictures of Bush – along with photos of foreclosure signs, worried looking traders, and U.S. troops – the narrator says those 537 votes made "the difference between what was, and what could have been."

He finishes by encouraging Obama supporters to avoid making a similar mistake in 2012.

"So this year, if you're thinking that your vote doesn't count, that it won't matter, well back then there were probably at least 537 people who felt the same way. Make your voice heard. Vote," the narrator says.

The latest ad is a sign of the ramped up turnout efforts from Obama's campaign, which will need states like New Hampshire in order to reach the 270 electoral votes required to win re-election. New Hampshire, for the past several months, seemed to be leaning toward Obama, but recent polls have shown the margin narrowing between the president and his rival Mitt Romney.

On the campaign trail and in debates, Obama has taken steps to lump Romney with Bush, who left office with an approval rating of 34%, according to Gallup. Polls also show many voters blame Bush, at least partially, for the country's current economic problems.

Asked how he was different from Bush during the second presidential debate, held last week, Romney said, "President Bush and I are different people, and these are different times."

Key to the difference, Romney said, was his focus on jobs.

"My priority is jobs," he said. "I know how to make that happen. And President Bush had a very different path for a very different time. My path is designed in getting small businesses to grow and hire people."

A second spot from Obama's campaign features Clinton saying "The stuff some folks are saying about President Obama, sounds kinda familiar."

"The same people said my ideas would destroy jobs and they called me every name in the book," Clinton says, before touting his record of job creation and turning the federal deficit into a surplus.

"President Obama's got it right," Clinton says. The popular former president first appeared in an ad for Obama in August ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Bruce

    CNN...why do you leave the Clint Eastwood story up as the default add. It's little details like this that leads me to believe you lean right...

    October 24, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. gt

    just keep making excuses and tell lies ...some fool will still believe you...

    October 24, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. The right to vote is cherished!

    Excellent reminder of how important each vote is. That 538 vote difference led to the policies that created one of the worst economies since the Great Depression. Finally, things are slowly getting better. Every single vote counts!

    October 24, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Under President Bush unemployment was about 4.5 percent. It got worse when the democrats took over the congress. Now under Obama the best figure is 7.8 percent. It was te housing bubble forced by the liberal democrats that sent the economy into a tail spin. Obama Care has held back many employers from hiring. You can vote for more failure and 4 more years of stagflation. Obama's new plan looks like his old plan.

    October 24, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Guest

    Meanwhile in Colorado and others, there IS voter fraud being commited as individuals have been identified as "not citizens" but still appearing on a states voter logs! I guess it wasnt just a right wing conspiracy as portrayed by the left! I'll say again, if it requires integrity, the democrats want nothing to do with it. When one of our most important rights as Americans is being abused, it is clearly time for strict voter identification and registration policies. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE DISENFRANCHISED ABOUT ILLEGAL, FRADULENT VOTING!! Why doesnt the left get it?

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    October 24, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. michael

    I hope Americans are not ready to follow repuglicans who lined up with George Bush and drove this country to brinks of "economic hell." Now, these same repuglicans who supported every policy that ditched this country, and defeated every Jobs bill the President sent to them, to keep this country in its economic decline! Americans know we are not losing 800, 000 Jobs a month, and have been kept safe from another 9/11 under this democratic president! So, it must be his skin color that they have a problem with! He says he is a christian, (they do not believe him), he said he was born in Hawaii(they did not believe him), He said he is not a muslim (they do not believe him), but, took Mitt Romney at his word (he is Mexican imitating a White man). Americans have been duped, by the conservative media!

    October 24, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Little Jimmy Truth

    Really??? Obama wants to be scary like man wears blue suits. OMG!!! He wants dead voters for adding more.

    October 24, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Phil

    What is Obama gonna blame the election count on this too if he is behind or its a tie? Or if he looses by a small margin

    October 24, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. 13 days until Obama is RE-ELECTED!! Deal with it GOP trolls...

    The Repugs won't be able to suppress voters in FL, abdicate responsibility with hanging chads and push the decision up to the SCOTUS this time. Floridians, demand that your electronic votes are validated.. beware the Repugs trying to steal the election away. They are desperate!

    October 24, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Namejkane sfl romneycare, l didnt mean it, its not my fault, ann made me do it ,im sorry conservaties, who needs romney care anyway, i dont

    Obama is going to win in a landslides and if you think Romney the tax cheat and lyin than give a hope about you and your elderly parents you got another thing coming . If your dumb enough to vote for the gop liers in chief ,you and your families deserving to get screwed !!!!

    October 24, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    remember only dumbacrats can stuff ballot boxes.

    October 24, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    Most of us have heard the legend of '300 Spartans', and how they changed the course of history.

    How about '300 Floridians'? If 300 people in Florida had voted D rather than R (and their votes were counted), we would have a different world.

    Gore would have kept al-Qaeda on the run, as Clinton was doing, and 9-11 & 2 wars would NOT have occurred
    Gore would have continued paying down the National Debt.
    Gore would have continued the efforts against Global Warming.

    We would probably not had the Great Recession.

    Just for starts.

    October 24, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Anthony

    People who think that there is no difference between the two parties, just remember what happened after George W. Bush won in 2000. We ended up with a unnecessary war in Iraq, we lost more than 4000 of our troops in Iraq, we fought two wars off the budget, and we still have the two Bush tax cuts and Medicare Part D. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the Bush tax cuts and the doc fix are allowed to expire, the deficit will disappear on its own around 2016-2017. The Bush tax cuts, the two wars and the economic crash that began in 2007-2008 are the main reasons why we have this huge deficit today.

    October 24, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Sheon1

    We should all remember what could had been avoided if Bush hadn't been elected president.

    October 24, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Dean

    Even if Obama wins, he's still a lousy president.

    October 24, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Namejkane sfl romneycare, l didnt mean it, its not my fault, ann made me do it ,im sorry conservaties, who needs romney care anyway, i dont

    Just vote early so the gop can't slow everything down and slow the vote and cause lines. People should be outraged at the gop voter registration rigging in at least five states ,the largest ,an rnc employee felony arrest in virgina last week ,throwing voter registrations in a dumpster .where's the justice department and FBI ,and where's CNN ,last as usual . Try l a times for info .

    October 24, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Sure looks like Obama and the Democrats have an enthusiasm and support problem... I guess that's what 4 years of lies and failure gets you. And of course they are totally shocked by this. Delusional lefitsts living in their own little fantasy world. Very sad. The good news is that they will not see the train hit them on Nov. 6.

    October 24, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Larry

    Bill... go stand by your wife. She needs it more than Obama! Seems the Clintons have sold out!

    October 24, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. nvorr

    Obama/Biden – I'm all in!

    October 24, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    That's right people. Get out and vote. Between Willard lying through his teeth, going from moderate to severe conservative back to moderate, he is desperate and doing and saying anything to win. Let's not forget the company the GOP hired that threw away democrat voter registration forms, they were hired in like 9 states. Lets not forget, Tagg owning stock in the company that makes voting machines, and please don't forget the PA congressman that stated, the new voting laws would insure Mitt a win.

    Stay vigilant Mr. President, these rotten people are willing to do ANYTHING to win.

    October 24, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Mocking-Bird-Obama..vs..Big-Bird-Romney...

    Pres Obama finallly revealed his '4-yearPlan'...here are 5-points form his '20pageGlossy'...1).Insulting..2)..Mocking..
    3)..Ridiculing..4)..Sarcasming..5)..Smart-alecking....4-more years of this..?....and "Where is the Beef"....?

    October 24, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. BlkPwr817

    The GOP is doing everything in thier power to do it to us again. But it wont work. Yes Tag Romney invested in voting machines in Ohio & that wont help them either. Every voter suppression tactic has been turned down by the higher courts. The GOP will have to just let the American people decide the outcome....The way it was intended to be...LOL

    Obama 2012 folks!

    October 24, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Yes we can move forward!

    Yes we can move forward, beyond failed Policies of the Bush years!

    October 24, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. 2012liberal

    I will take a man that hasn't fulfilled all his promises over a BLANTENT LIAR any day!

    October 24, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Clinton is still maintaining that the Social Security revenues should be counted as part of the treasury general fund? He tried, but there was NEVER a surplus during the Clinton administration. The closest he ever got to zero deficit was $17.9 Billion He can take credit for a series of balanced budgets (after Gingrich and the GOP forced him to the center).

    October 24, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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