GOP group pits Obama vs. Bill Clinton on taxes
November 9th, 2011
10:49 AM ET
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GOP group pits Obama vs. Bill Clinton on taxes

(CNN) – A new ad from a Republican advocacy group attacks President Barack Obama's jobs bill by contrasting his statements with those of former Democratic President Bill Clinton.

The spot released Wednesday from Crossroads GPS plays clips of Clinton saying now is not the time to raise taxes and of Obama promoting increased tax rates on higher income earners as part of his jobs plan.

"Political stunt, not a solution. A bill full of tax increases," the voice in the ad says of the proposals. "President Obama: It's time to attack problems, not people."

The advocacy group said the commercial will run for the next two weeks in the politically competitive states of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania as part of a $2.6 million ad buy.

Crossroads GPS President Steven Law called Obama's tax proposals an "attack on American jobs" and said Clinton and Congress disagree with the president's ideas.

"Our debt limit ads helped put a stop to Obama's tax hikes once before, and we intend to do it again," Law said in a statement.

The group spent extensive funds over the summer opposing tax hikes as part of the debt ceiling negotiations and released an ad in Ohio last month similarly criticizing the president's economic proposals.

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Filed under: Ads • American Crossroads • Bill Clinton • Crossroads GPS • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. John

    Obama spending is not going to get us out of this mess. We do not have a revenue problem we have a spending problem and the democrats refuse to stop the needless spending. I would also add increasing taxes during a recession is beyond stupid anyone with an ounce of sense would know this yet many democrats just buy into the liberal agenda

    November 9, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. David

    Four more years of Obama, and we will never be able to repair America. To vote a muslim raised socialist and most likely alien into office is pure stupid..

    November 9, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. albertgo

    Look at the smug, arrogant one on the left, a failure. The wise one on the right, a success.

    November 9, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. hjs3

    Go ahead and try stirring that pot.....See where it gets you

    November 9, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. TM

    The Teabaggers are turning to Clinton support to support their arguments?! They really have run out of ideas.

    November 9, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. reagan raised taxes and managed to triple the U.S. debt

    The tea partiers and neo-cons overlook this when they continue to mytholigize him.

    November 9, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    @ LegendRx

    Well said. I said basically the same thing the other day. We have a new president and his name is NOT Clinton nor do I wish it were.

    November 9, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Bill

    Obama should be listening to anyone with advice at this point

    ABO2012 (Anyone But Obama 2012)

    November 9, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Bill

    The guy on the left sticks his nose up because he thinks hes' better than everyone else. Narcissism to the max.

    November 9, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. RandyIA

    A couple of things to keep in mind.

    1. If you can give Bill Clinton, and not the republican congress credit for the way the 90's went, then how can you blame congress for the way things are now, and not Obama.

    2. I don't give Clinton, or congress credit for the way things went in the 90's because it was caused by entrepreneurship in the PC and tech areas, which created the tech bubble.

    That bubble burst in the early 2000's but again the Dem's don't blame that on the previous Clinton administration, they blame it on the then current administration under Bush. Again they want it both ways now that Obama is in office, it's the previous administration's fault, not the current.

    November 9, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. TomNPitt

    I think we all agree we should return the tax rates back to the levels in effect during Clinton's terms. Thanks for the memories!!

    November 9, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Jeff - Sarasota, Florida

    First off, Clinton agrees that taxes need to be raised on the top percent of incomes, including himself... Secondly, if you will check the facts, when the original Bush tax cuts went in that is when the jobs started going away... No new jobs have been created since the tax cuts went in that were due to the tax cuts... Keeping the tax cuts will not create new jobs if it hasn't already... The fact is that the rich don't want the increase and they are the ones that are paying for this add...

    The Republicans have been the ones that have restricted job growth just like they have tried to restrict everything else that will benefit the middle class... If it doesn't effect the rich in a positive they are aganist it... Plain and simple... Anyone who can't see these FACTS is drinking too much kool aid or else they are just ignorant about the way things are right now...

    November 9, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. steven harnack

    Hey seddy, actually only less than 30% of Americans will admit to being Republicans, proving once again that conservatives generally flunk math.

    November 9, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. che-3

    Clinton is a back stabber .................... period. Saying bad things about Pres. Obama behind closed doors. He goes around thinking that he's the only one who have the God given power to solve US Economic problems. He caused the loss of the WHITE House in 2004 to some idiot with pea brain who run on family values and nothing else. Shame on Clinton.

    November 9, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. sara

    Still trying the "old worn out" games. Boy, they don't give Americans no props for intelligence, do they? They remind me of a last desperate gasp of a party way passed it's time. Progess in America is What We will have. Obama/Biden 2010

    November 9, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Bring Back Clinton (either of them)

    Yes bring back the Clinton tax rates! You can have the extra couple of Federal Income tax points, but in exchange 1) Reduce the gasoline tax to the 1999 level, 2) lower my state income tax back the 40% it has gone up since 1999, 3) reduce my property taxes to their 1999 level, 4) Bring the sales tax back down to where it was in 1999, and 5) and bring service fees like license plates, etc. back to where they were in 1999.

    Don't get the idea that anyone pay less taxes than they did 1999. The govt is just more creative but still collect a lot more money. 1999 tax rates are a taxpayers dream!!! And, for context I live in Illinois!

    November 9, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Aaron

    That's real cute and all, but Clinton had his 8 years, he's no longer president unfortunately. By Repub standards, Bachmann and Palin's looney statements should be compared to those of the more sane GOPers...using the word sane very loosely in this instance.

    November 9, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. DaveS

    Fascinating that the same people who hated Clinton and worked to impeach him now are holding up his tax policy! And apparently discourse and disagreement are not acceptable even within one political party? Has anyone pointed out to the Republicans that many of these millionaires & billionaires they call "job creaters" run multi-national companies and have little impact on actual job creation? How many jobs do you think Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, the Walton clan, and these others really create? Amazing.

    November 9, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. imp

    Henry Miller – THERE IS NO ONE IN THE USA WHO DOESN'T PAY TAXES!!!! The very, very poor don't pay FEDERAL INCOME taxes but pay all the other taxes (payroll, state, sales, etc) that the more fortunate pay. You want to be the one to collect money from starving kids or destitute elderly people? Those are the people you're talking about!!!

    November 9, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. topaz99

    Just another example of the political circus that exists in this country. The relentless focus on personalities and attack ads is disappointing. There is never any real discussion of issues, There is never any positive discussion about moving the country forward. There is just mindless political partisanship.

    America is a failing country. How is this going to change?

    November 9, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. GodFails

    The GOP needs to win this so they can hand out billions more to big oil and corporations and continue the corruption that led to the toilet this country is in now.

    November 9, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    Obama & Clinton are friends! President Clinton WILL campaign for President Obama ferociously in 2012!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    November 9, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. alex

    People are the problem!!!

    November 10, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
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