Conservative group puts out anti-Obama TV ad
April 10th, 2011
09:57 AM ET
12 years ago

Conservative group puts out anti-Obama TV ad

Washington (CNN) - Call it an appetizer, with the main course still to come.

An independent conservative group says it's going up in some battleground states with a television commercial that's critical of President Barack Obama, one of the first of what could be many ads by similar groups on the right.

The spot, titled "Barack Obama's Legacy of Failure," is being put out by The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama – a group dedicated to trying to beat the president in the 2012 election.

Joe Wierzbecki, the executive director of the organization, tells CNN that the ad began running this weekend on television stations in Nevada, with ad time being purchased in Michigan and Wisconsin. Wierzbecki says his plan is to eventually also run the commercial in Colorado, Missouri and Ohio. All of these states could be extremely contested in the upcoming battle for the White House.

The group is currently fundraising to pay for the ad buy.

"We're looking at a budget of $250,000 for this new ad right now. We hope to expand on that, but I won't know if we're successful for a few weeks, depending on if our fundraising continues to remain strong," says Wierzbecki.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama was launched by the Our Country Deserves Better Committee, a conservative political action committee that's also the parent organization of the Tea Party Express, one of the leading national Tea Party groups. Three figures popular among many conservatives, Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 2010 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller of Alaska and Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known during the 2008 presidential campaign as "Joe the Plumber," teamed up last month at a launch party and fundraiser in California for the group.

Among other things, the 60-second spot blames the president for the country's "high unemployment rate," and says Obama "has crippled America with a $14 trillion national debt."

"We have found the spot worked very well when we tested it, with a very strong reaction from Republicans and right-leaning independents," adds Wierzbecki.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama says it hopes to build a grassroots network of up to one million supporters by next year's election. The group recently ran television ads in Wisconsin supporting Scott Walker, the new Republican governor whose battles with the state's public sector unions made national headlines.

The new commercial could be the first of many this year by independent conservative groups to criticize the president. The possibility of such attack ads flooding the airwaves is one reason why the president's re-election campaign is starting to aggressively raise money, with a goal of bringing in up to $1 billion this campaign cycle.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. EffortPA

    These adds may work very well with the people who already hate Obama, but it does nothing to win the support to the independents. I am an independent who voted for Regan, Clinton, and did not vote for Obama. In fact, I did not vote at all in 2008 because I could not get myself to vote for Palin. I would not have a problem voting for a republican who disagrees with some of the things, but not on everything Obama says and does. Attacks like these make me lean towards the left rather than the right. Wining the support of the people who already hate Obama at the expense of the independent voters is a very unwise approach.

    April 10, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Ernie

    It's about time, this ad is going to show how Obama is over his head, and is a "Failed President". If everyone believes that he is doing a good job, then ask the all the people who are still out of work. This is a guy who stood up and said "Happy Days Are Hear Again", well I haven't seen the "Happy Days". This independent conservative group should create an ad that shows how Harry Reid and Obama want to shut down the government. If Joe Wierzbecki, the executive director of the organization, runs these ads in all the "Battle Ground States" and in the "Midwest" there could be a new "President" in the White House in Jan 2013. I believe this will work, this is the same technique forme George Bush used againist Sen John Kerry and it worked he lost. This is the reason why I know this will work. November 2012 is 17 months away. People are mad are not going to take it any more. Let see what happens.

    April 10, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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