Debt ceiling ad wars forge on
July 29th, 2011
02:54 PM ET
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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. Sniffit

    Let's translate the GOP's advertisements, shall we?

    "Tell tha uppity [brown person] to shut up and obey and do precisely as we tell him instead of constantly trying to get us to meet him halfway."

    July 29, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Busted

    How are these independent groups?

    July 29, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    I have an idea - instead of wasting all that money on ads (both parties) that will NEVER change anyone's mind, why not put that money toward the debt?

    Is that stupid?

    July 29, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if the Koch Brothers want to do ANY ads on flip/flopping then they better add Gingrich, Romney, Bachmann, Cain, and any Republican that once was in favor of something UNTIL President Obama favored it too, then they switched. What the very wealthy Koch brothers also should acknowledge is that a majority of Americans are in favor of them paying more taxes.

    July 29, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    And the disinformation campaign continues. The debt ceiling does not refer to future spending, which is only appropriated by the House. The debt limit authorizes the Treasury to borrow money to pay bills approved by the Congress.

    Remember the government shutdown battle over the FY2011? Republicans wanted to more cuts than what was finally agreed to through compromise on both sides. Some House members, particularly those in the Tea Party caucus, felt there should have been deeper cuts. This current "default crisis" is a result of those same members reneging on the budget that passed the House despite their "No" votes.

    The right wing extremists are reneging on deal.

    July 29, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Paul1st

    I think we can all agree that our government should put America's needs above partisan politics. Isn't it ironic that the group Americans for Prosperity use this to sponsor partisan ads?

    July 29, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Republican Robber Baron

    Worst ad ever. Obama is the one proposing the largest spending cuts EVER and the GOP extremists don't want to compromise one bit. When is the last time a Republican President cut spending and reduced our debt...never? What a joke Republicans.

    July 29, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    What's a few million dollars in ads by Americans for Prosperity (Koch Brothers) and twenty million dollars in ads for Crossroads GPS (Karl Rove) that basically puts forth conservative *don't tax the rich* partisan BS out on the airwaves? Kinda hard for everyday hard working middle class Americans to push back against this type of pocket change being bandied about by the truly wealthy. That others who aren't and never will be as financially set as these folks still continue supporting this nonsense speaks volumes to the corruption and greed overtaking America. Truthfully speaking, I'd rather be exactly where I am today financially than ever sell my soul to the likes of Karl Rove and Company. Count me one of the blessed who still understand right from wrong.

    July 29, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. gt

    no wonder the average person gets sick to death of politics... its each group is all they care about is there concerns the hell with the rest of america... sick sick sick... is what this is...

    July 29, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. john dahodi

    We almost 2000 people of all colors and creed will join hands and demonstrate in front of the Republican party office tomorrow in Riverside, California to demand quick end of the un-democratic mission of the tea-party goons. These brain dead goons live on subsidies and welfare but only to serve their masters demand blood and bones of normal Americans. We will demand dollar to dollar tax cut and tax increase for any length Republicans can able to go. Even we have to remain hungry and without shelter we are ready but let the millionaires and billionaires also pay equal amount from their accumulated unlawful tax breaks and dubious earnings from wars related trillions of dollar expenses and yes, for oil tax breaks revenues. Hope; American public demonstrate their will power similar to millions in the Gulf countries are showing for the last 6 months. Time has come to hold these goons responsible and punish them in public.

    July 29, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Marry

    Remember that one of the goals of foreign interventions was to bring “Democracy” to the “other” countries? (It was not, the name of the game was influence and greed but of cause it sounded good as justification!) Well, the “Democratic Process” that America is showing to the world at this time is characterized by a feast of legalized corruption by the courts, money flow in dark channels, lying, slander, distortion and pure rubbish and demagoguery.
    Instead of a competition for the better ideas with respect and regard for the opponent and supporting a President that is highly regarded worldwide, clowns and simpletons are trotting out that somehow believe “God talks to them” (they believe that in Iran, Afghanistan, and some other places too); they “know everything” and where you have a small group holding America hostage. And you are asking why America is going down the drain?

    July 29, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    The liars go to the advertising to sway opinion of those with little understanding of truth. Both of them.

    July 29, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Jean

    If these groups would instead donate those millions to pay down the debt....

    July 29, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Greater Good

    What a joke. Pandering to the gullible. Repeating lies enough does not equal truth.
    Smell the coffee, America. Out with the obstructionist Tea Party–they are the true threat within.

    July 29, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Name king

    These lying folks keep spewing their lies all over the country fooling the gullible and misinformed, lesson this country cannot withstand a republican controlled government, that will throw our entitlements under the bus, the problem is these are the main people that are going to vote the repugs into office then they will be wondering why they are getting vouchers to go buy health insurance, they will be a bigger awakening than what happened down in Wisconsin and other state are having, and just like I wasn't feeling sorry for those folks that sell their own interest to the repugs and global corporate greed.

    July 29, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Sorry, the leader-from-behind has already declared any solution MUST meet his 2012 campaign schedule. He just doesn't have the time for this stuff when he needs to be out raising $1 BILLION to spread his lies. He can't be bothered meeting with people and pretending he has a clue about a plan or solution. He just can't do it without a teleprompter! He and his teleprompter need to be out, in front of the people, blaming others for his 4 years of abject failure.

    July 29, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Victor Fuentes

    Based on his performance and behavior in this entire debt ceiling crisis [which was manufactured by the GOP], I've got to believe that this commercial is the most collosal waste of money in advertising history.

    The public has had a chance to see, up close, which parties have been the problem in this sequence of events. It's not President Obama. They won't buy it.

    July 29, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. ART

    The koch brothers can tea bag each other for all I care they and their ilk can go to hell.

    July 29, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. umm

    I love how the people who put out these commercials pretend to be for the average American when clearly they are working for their corporate overlords.
    We are not buying whatever it is you're selling.

    July 29, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    Koch brothers doesn’t know what is going on

    Last Monday Obama gave speech later Boehner gave speech we were confused who is telling the truth who is moving the goal past
    Past 24 hrs Boehner has to move his own goal post to get tea party votes. I don’t know he can pass his own bill still
    Now we know very well hard to compromise with tea party

    This ad pointing at Obama has no meaning at all

    July 29, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    I think it is time to play one of those aces up my sleeve. Jobs. Draconian cuts to spending will suck money out of the economy and kill jobs. The effect would be more immediate and worse than equivalent sized tax increase.

    July 29, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Turning down a bill even before it's finished tells me that the demcorats are against compromise.'

    Sorry junior, but it was finished. That Boehner had to go back and make it even more of a right wing extremist BJ for the Teatrolls doesn't change the fact that it was finished at the time the Dems said they wouldn't pass it. All he did was tack on this crazy idiocy about the balanced budget amendment in order to appease the Frankenstein monster, which made it even less palatable for the Dems, so're barking at the moon if you think you can make a cogent and rational argument that the Dems warning Boehner that his bill wouldn't get the votes was a refusal to compromise. Rather, it was Boehner's insistence on trying to find a way to pass something in the House with ONLY GOP VOTES that showed a determined and psychotic insistence on "my way or no way.'

    July 29, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    I'm usually pretty conservative when it comes to the economy but that Americans for Prosperity ad makes me hope we default, just because I know it will hit them a lot harder than it will me, and I know all the blame will go where it deserves to - all the idiot politicians that corporate front groups like "Americans for Prosperity" have been shoving in our faces the last few years. It's past time the wealthy and corporate tax subsidy addicts took a hit during this recession. Clearly they have too much money if they are wasting it on stupid useless noisemaker ads like this one.

    July 29, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. logic in LA

    Ironically i did exactly what the ad says- I told him to tell the Tea Party and the conservatives to shove their agenda and shove it!

    July 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Draconian cuts to spending will suck money out of the economy and kill jobs.
    Yes, better to raise taxes or borrow money from the Chinese to keep thousands of overpaid government union hacks employeed twiddling their thumbs for 40 hours a week. Everybody but the government has adjusted to the times. Time for a reality check. You can't spend like a drunken sailor that just won the lottery when reality is your just a drunken sailor.

    July 29, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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