Debt ceiling ad wars forge on
July 29th, 2011
02:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Debt ceiling ad wars forge on

Washington (CNN) - The ad wars over the debt ceiling crisis continued Friday, with another conservative group issuing a spot over President Barack Obama's handling of the ongoing negotiations.

Americans for Prosperity, an independent political advocacy group that supports Republican causes and candidates, said it will spend $1.3 million to run ads on national cable and broadcast television in the 2012 battleground states of Florida and Ohio for five or six days.  The group was co-founded by the well-known, conservative Koch brothers.

The spot highlights what the group calls President Obama's "flip-flopping" stances on the debt ceiling debate. It quotes him as a senator in 2006 saying raising the debt limit is "a sign of leadership failure," and earlier this year saying the ceiling should be "extended through the next election."

"President Obama, put America's needs ahead of partisan politics," the narrator says.

Progressive groups and unions also joined forces Friday in a commercial set to air in eight states that implores congressional Republicans to avoid pushing the nation into default.

Americans United for Change, the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and the National Education Association said they are spending six figures to run the spot Friday through Monday.

The two new ads follow a string of spots from both sides of the aisle while Congress and the White House attempt to reach a deal before the August 2 deadline.

The progressive Americans United for Change teamed up with SEIU last week in a commercial that targeted four other congressional Republicans. And Crossroads GPS, an independent group that backs Republican candidates and causes launched a new ad earlier in the week criticizing five Democratic senators facing re-election next year. The group also went up with a new ad on national cable television in other presidential battleground states, saying it is "time to take away President Obama's blank check."

Crossroads said their latest commercials are part of a $20 million effort this summer to "urge decisive action by Congress to cut spending and the national debt and start rebuilding the nation's economy."

Filed under: Crossroads GPS • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. teena

    To The Day of Financial Reckoning is Here–President Obama has been in office for 2 years not 4. So try getting your facts straight before you go blaming him for EVERYTHING!!!

    July 29, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. bobden

    Let's have a vote.
    Who thinks that the koch brothers and their super rich friends should pay their fair share?

    July 29, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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