Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks
August 28th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said a new television spot, revealed Tuesday, was part of a new effort to cast Mitt Romney's policy proposals as bad for the middle class.

Previously, the group focused on Romney's time at Bain Capital, painting the Republican presidential candidate as a cold-hearted job killer. The latest spot, called "Olive," features a woman who voted for Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts governor election but now supports President Barack Obama.
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Obama pushes back on welfare attacks, addresses controversial Priorities ad
August 20th, 2012
03:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama pushes back on welfare attacks, addresses controversial Priorities ad

(CNN) – President Barack Obama responded to a controversial ad from an outside group backing his presidential campaign while pushing back on Republican claims that his administration would drop the work requirement from welfare-to-work programs, in an unannounced appearance in the White House Briefing Room Monday.

Asked about the ad created by a pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, which linked presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to the death of a steelworker's wife during his tenure at Bain Capital, Obama said that he does not think that Romney is responsible for the woman's death.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Priorities USA
Super PAC ad hammers Romney on taxes
August 17th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Super PAC ad hammers Romney on taxes

(CNN) – The super PAC backing President Barack Obama launched an online ad on Friday reminding viewers that Mitt Romney has rejected calls to release more than two years of tax returns, and claiming that a plan offered by his running mate, Paul Ryan, would reduce his tax rate to 1%.

The spot, from Priorities USA, uses clips from Romney's press conference on Thursday in South Carolina, when he told reporters that he's paid 13% in taxes for the past decade.
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Romney team re-releases ad while Obama campaigns in Iowa
August 14th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney team re-releases ad while Obama campaigns in Iowa

(CNN)-The Romney campaign is renewing its attacks over a pro-Obama super PAC ad linking the GOP candidate to the death of a cancer patient by expanding the original ad buy to include Iowa on Tuesday, coinciding with the president's visit to the Hawkeye state.

The spot "America Deserves Better," was announced last Friday and it responded to a pro-Obama super PAC ad unveiled earlier last week, that has yet to run as a paid commercial.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Priorities USA
Controversial anti-Romney ad remains in spotlight Sunday
August 12th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Controversial anti-Romney ad remains in spotlight Sunday

(CNN) – Political figures on both sides of the aisle sought distance on Sunday from a video produced by the main super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's reelection – an ad which juxtaposes an uninsured woman's death with the closure of a steel mill owned by Romney's firm.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz went as far as to say "I have no idea of the political affiliation of folks who are associated with that super PAC," though she acknowledged the group's leanings in an online post after the show.
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Pro-Obama super PAC releases (less contentious) ad
August 10th, 2012
04:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Obama super PAC releases (less contentious) ad

(CNN) – Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC that launched a controversial ad earlier this week, came out with a new spot on Friday–one sure to draw less scrutiny.

In the new ad, a former employee at a steel plant purchased by Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, talks about how his life changed after the plant shuttered its doors.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA
Ad about an ad: Romney campaign ad responds to controversial pro-Obama ad
August 10th, 2012
03:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Ad about an ad: Romney campaign ad responds to controversial pro-Obama ad

(CNN) – The Romney campaign attacked President Barack Obama's character in a new advertisement Friday linking him and his campaign directly to a controversial ad produced by pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action.

Titled "America Deserves Better," the commercial responds to the super PAC ad released Tuesday that draws a connection between the death of a steelworker's wife and Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, his former venture capital firm. Bain bought GST steel in 1993 and then closed it down in 2001, causing steelworker Joe Soptic, among others, to lose their jobs and their health care benefits.
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Romney blasts Priorities' attack ad; spot still hasn't had paid runs
August 9th, 2012
02:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney blasts Priorities' attack ad; spot still hasn't had paid runs

(CNN) – Mitt Romney hammered President Barack Obama and his allies Thursday for running a campaign he said was "focused almost exclusively on personal attacks," though the harshest attack against the presumptive GOP nominee – an ad linking him to the loss of insurance and eventual death of a steel worker's wife – has yet to run as a paid TV advertisement.

"I am seeing some of the ads out there," Romney said on the Bill Bennett Morning Show on Thursday. "I don't know whatever happened to a campaign of 'hope and change.' I thought he was a new kind of politician. Instead his campaign and the people working with him have focused almost exclusively on personal attacks."
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Controversial pro-Obama ad hasn't actually run yet
August 8th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Controversial pro-Obama ad hasn't actually run yet

Washington (CNN) – It's grabbing a lot of media attention, but a new controversial television commercial from an independent group supporting President Barack Obama's re-election has not yet run as a paid advertisement on TV.

The ad, announced yesterday by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, appears to blame Republican challenger Mitt Romney for the cancer death of the wife of a man who was laid off from a steel mill after the company he worked for, GST Steel, was shut down by Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Priorities USA
Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate
August 7th, 2012
06:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate

(CNN) - A new attack ad by a Super PAC backing President Obama appears to blame Mitt Romney for a woman's death from cancer after his company, Bain Capital, shut down the steel mill where the woman's husband worked.

The ad makes it seem like Joe Soptic's wife, Ilyona, lost her battle with cancer shortly after he lost his job at GST Steel in Missouri, where he had worked for almost 30 years.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA
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