March 26th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama's political arm buys TV time to pressure Congress

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama, here at a Washington fund-raiser Wednesday, hopes a new TV ad will buoy his initiatives."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After several e-mail pleas and a nationwide door-knocking campaign, President Obama's political arm will start airing a television commercial Thursday, urging voters to pressure Congress to approve his budget.

"America is facing tough times," a narrator says in the 30-second ad.

"President Obama has a plan to get our economy moving again, to cut the deficit in half, and create jobs by investing in health care, energy independence and schools. Thousands are going door to door as part of Organizing for America - gathering support for President Obama's plan to invest in America's future. You can help, too. Call Congress and tell them to support President Obama's budget plan to get our economy moving again."

Listen: Mark Preston and CNN Radio's Bill Caiaccio break down the new spot

The TV commercial features video footage of last weekend's national canvassing drive by Organizing for America, Obama's presidential campaign organization, which has been folded into the Democratic National Committee. Natalie Wyeth, OFA's spokeswoman, said this is the organization's "first ad as a project of the DNC."

"The ad will run on national and D.C. cable - primarily MSNBC and CNN," she wrote in an e-mail. "This is just one of the many tools we'll provide our supporters with, to help them make their voices heard and send a strong signal to Washington that the time for change is now."

A handful of liberal interest groups are also running separate television and radio ads in support of Obama's budget.

Earlier this month, the DNC ran an ad on cable television in South Carolina criticizing Republican Gov. Mark Sanford for refusing to accept all the stimulus money set aside for his state. Sanford has said that South Carolina would be forced to search for replacement funding once the stimulus money ran out, or be forced to make cuts.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Truth Bomb Thrower

    They're talking about cutting the deficit? What a joke!!

    This budget will give us the highest deficit in American history, by far!
    When it comes to misleading and lying to the American people, these people have no shame. It's as if they actually WANT to destroy the U.S. economy....but then again, they are democrats.

    March 26, 2009 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  2. Gerald

    Holy cow , does the campaign ever end with this imposter. This budget is just plain obsene , we get it already. Call your representatives and just say no.

    March 26, 2009 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  3. independent Jim

    Why would an intelligent voter call a Congressman just because of a commercial, and without trying to analyze the budget proposal to see if it looks OK? And if I can stampede my Congressman with a commercial, he's not much of a leader, is he?

    March 26, 2009 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    Well obviously these organizations have far too much money on their hands that they can spend it on frivolous TV adds to pump up Obama, so let's take it away and give it to those Americans who are now out of work. I mean isn't that the liberal way of doing things nowadays?

    March 26, 2009 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  5. Mobius

    You know your ideas stink when, even as President, you have to circumvent the letter and spirit of bipartisan government and put on the full-court-press/hard sell.

    Then again, most people are resistant to getting screwed over.

    Do you hear that sound, America. That's Hope being revealed as Hype.

    March 26, 2009 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  6. Virginia

    How many billions have we invested in other countries? It seems so odd, to me, that any true American could even balk at the thought of investing billions into our own country, the U.S.A.. We know we must stay "in the lead" and do what is right for our own country. If we can't take care of our own then we have no business helping another country with anything. I thank God we finally have a President who's concerns are of this country and it's citizens. We must go forward to do what's necessary to create millions of new jobs here in the U.S.. Upgrades are always costly, but it's past time!

    March 26, 2009 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  7. Fan of Common Sense

    Why are the democrats so determined to sabotage this nation's economy? The budget B.O. is proposing is economic suicide and everyone knows it (even socialist-leaning Europe). It will explode the deficit and bring wasteful government spending to a level we have never seen before. But then again, as corrupt and malicious as the democrats are, maybe that is their intent.

    March 26, 2009 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  8. RobK

    I wonder why the national Dems are in such a tither over some Republican governors refusing part of the stimulus funding. Could it be that they are afraid that these governors are right and when the feds pull the funding in a couple of years, that will make them look stupid? It so much harder to take money back from people, once they've gotten used to it, then not to give it in the first place.

    March 26, 2009 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  9. HouseDiva

    If we can give trillions of dollars to make war, and help other countries all of the time; I see nothing wrong with America giving America trillions of dollars in our own time of need.

    I'll support my president on this reason alone.

    March 26, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. Todd

    What happens when you promise to reach across the aisle and make CHANGE by uniting both parties, only to be reaching across that aisle with a clenched fist – having nothing but contempt for those on the other side??

    You have to go to extreme measures to find ways to BEG for support of your economic bill – one that WILL NOT WORK anyway! It appears that not only is Obammy not qualified for the position, but those that put him there should consider turning in their right to vote!

    March 26, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  11. Doraine Gordon

    Any Governor who refuses stimulus money should be remembered by the voters as NOT working for their people. All our states are in trouble and can use financial help. I think the Governors who are refusing are the ones who are making a run for the 2012 Presidency. If they won'thelp their own state in their hour of need why would voters think they would help the entire United States? Trust me, they definitely will not.

    March 26, 2009 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  12. bill

    absolutley right president obama.if you dont like my planrepubs.SHOW ME YOURS.quit your whinning and get on with the buisness of righting bushes mess.

    March 26, 2009 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  13. Sharon Kitchen

    All of us need to get together and get this country back in good standing in the world and in putting her on her feet is the starting place.

    All good help appreciated.......thanks fellow Americans.

    March 26, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He's putting his political capitol to good use. Might as wel spend it while you have it.

    March 26, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  15. dallas gal

    another brilliant move.
    i wonder if the republicans will have their own video pressuring america...

    March 26, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. MS Redhead

    When does Obama's campaign end and the realization begin that the majority of Americans DO NOT want his expensive agenda? Right in the middle of a financial crisis, all he talks about is spending money–not for jobs, but to fund his wholesale remodeling of HIS version of the United States of America. If he is looking to mobilize moderates and conservatives, HE, Pelosi and Reid are going about it in the right way.

    March 26, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    Contrary to what most left-wing bloggers say here, the GOP is submitting an alternative plan. Doubt Obama will even ackowledge it.

    March 26, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  18. phoenix86

    Amazing that he called Bush's deficits irresponsible during the campaign. However, if you take out the TARP funding that Bush put in his last budget, his budget falls into historical averages. Obama's budget (excluding the stimulus package) is SEVEN times the Bush budget.

    Obama is perhaps the most fiscally irresponsible leader the world has ever seen.

    March 26, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  19. Tom in S.A.

    Please call your congressman and tell them his budget is a joke, and not a funny one. Please do your research people.

    March 26, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  20. shelby

    Please stop this incessant campaign. Wasn't the real oneenough to last us for a few years. I look at these ads just like all the annoying commercials and switch the channel as quickly as possible. The administration must be pretty desperate if they have to innundate us with more propaganda.

    March 26, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. lb

    Spend the bucks for this? Please, Mr Obama. Welcome to Jonestown indoctrination!

    March 26, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  22. Brian Crooks

    Is this really news? We're going to see the ads when they air, aren't we?

    March 26, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  23. Denver Mom

    The best cure I've had for insomnia is watching Obama on TV. Bring him on!

    March 26, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. Sandra

    Obama needs to quit campaigning and get to work on a real solution that isn't spend, spend and spend some more.....we can't afford this. Fuzzy math never works. Congress should NOT approve this budget.

    Look at the mess California is in with all the spending and now we the tax payers are paying the price with higher taxes on everything. Learn a lesson from California and just say NO to more spending.

    March 26, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. By The People

    For decades, Americans have voiced dissapproval of Congress as a whole, while thinking that their local representatives were OK.

    I applaud President Obama for calling the voting citizentry to action on pieced of legistlation. This may force the kind of active feedback that is required to make sure Congress is doing what the people, not the moneyed special interests, want.

    March 26, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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