New Crossroads spot claims Obama broke promises
May 16th, 2012
08:08 AM ET
8 years ago

New Crossroads spot claims Obama broke promises

Washington (CNN) - An independent group co-founded by Karl Rove says it's going up with new TV commercials that claim that President Barack Obama has broken promises when it comes to homeowners facing foreclosure, taxes, health care coverage and cutting the deficit.

Crossroads GPS announced Wednesday morning that they will spend $8 million to run their ads in ten battleground states between now and the end of May, and they add that they'll spend $25 million total to air the spots over the next four weeks.

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The group says the 60-second commercial will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, all considered states both parties will fight hard for in November's presidential election.

"President Obama's agenda promised so much," says the narrator in the ad, which then includes a clip from June 2008 of then-presidential candidate Obama saying "we must help the millions of homeowners facing foreclosure." The narrator picks up, saying "promise broken. One in five mortgages are still under water."

Crossroads President Steven Law, in a release, said "President Obama made commitments on core issues to the American people, and this ad holds him to account. Our country faces serious economic and fiscal problems which require practical solutions and not just promises. If we don't hold Washington politicians accountable, we won't fix these problems that are holding our country back."

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization to American Crossroads, the independent super PAC that backs GOP causes and candidates. A Wesleyan Media Project study released earlier this month, which used data from Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, indicated that Crossroads GPS is the biggest spender on general election ads so far, dishing out $12.6 million to run nearly 17,000 spots in 47 television markets.

A top Democrat is highlighting a promise he says Romney's made.

"The most important promise in this race is the one Mitt Romney made to the billionaires and oil companies financing these ads. Romney promised them massive new tax cuts while slashing Medicare for seniors and cutting education for the middle class. If Mitt Romney, Karl Rove, and their billionaire backers win, the middle class loses," says Bill Burton, the co-founder of Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC, and former deputy press secretary in the Obama White House.

Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans promised to destroy our president, even if it meant that they ruined America. They promised 'jobs' and delivered anti abortion bills. They promise to cut spending, and gave more money to those who don't need it. They gave relief to billionaires and made the poor and middle class pay for it. In addition to our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the GOP waged war on women, minorities, the poor, workers, seniors, veterans, college students, and children.

    May 16, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Lies,lies of GOP, while cashing in low interest rates, economy is improving, gas is coming down, manufacturing sector is coming back.....2wars + Reagan nonsense of trickle down tax evading by rich....shipping jobs to CHINA....yes, Obama2012.

    May 16, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    One thing about Mittens. He promises something at 9 am, and 5 hours later, he does a Kyl, and promises the opposite. Like a shady used car salesman, Mittens is lying his way to Tampa. Other than money laundering, corporate raiding, tax evasion, and shipping jobs overseas, what does he stand for?

    May 16, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. rla

    I and America don't need an AD to tell us this!

    May 16, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "President Obama's agenda promised so much," says the narrator in the ad, which then includes a clip from June 2008 of then-presidential candidate Obama saying "we must help the millions of homeowners facing foreclosure."
    Typical misleading, disinforming narrative from Karl Rove. Note the date folks, June 2008. All bets were off when the Wall Street collapsed, banks collapsed, taxpayers bailed out the banks to the tune of $700 billion, and then the banks stopped lending. The stakes changed, including then Sen. Obama;s message.

    May 16, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. Jerry

    I ask, again, what else is new with this clueless/divisive president and his equally clueless/moronic administration?! This is exactly the reason he would rather "preen" for the cameras and "Jollywood" crowd than deal with the issues that are affecting America.

    Oh well... America, 2012 is around the corner. It is up to US rectify a wrong!

    May 16, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Dumb Lefty

    Why even have an ad? This fact is self evident.

    May 16, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. PaMom

    Maybe a few "visual" aids will get through to those who do not read but believe everything they hear from the dems. Please save this country from destruction and restore the kind of american who believes the choice is theirs what they make of themselves and how they live, Hard working people should not have to support more than half this nation.

    May 16, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Blindersoff

    President Obama did the best he could and accomplished more in 3.5 years then most president accomplished in two terms. That being said, just think what could have been accomplished if the "party of No" did their job in congress. The Republican leadership conspired to undermined this nation economic recovery at every turn, with hope of making this president a one term president. High treason perpetrated by the "Right Wing Terrorist Party of No" This Ad reflects and cuts deep into the Republican leadership as the one and true failures to the American people . . . I say, throw the bums out with the dirty water!

    May 16, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. NamryanIts

    Well, look at the pot... Btw the jobs promises by republicans to get elected? Oh right they went to the lawyers paid to go against women, gays, and points right!

    May 16, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  11. king

    Its amazing how repubs obstruction to every thing this president does, always find a way to complain and blame the president for not doing their jobs. Their leader mitten said to let the homes fall off the hill and don't help them. The president have asked Congress over and over again for a bill to help the housing market but Congress refuse, just because they say Obama should be a 1 term president. The repubs keep cutting the middle class government workers who usually are the main home owners, and expect the working class making 10 dollars an hour to take care of their family, automobile, utilities, and still keep current with their mortgages. Why don't these repubs kill the Obama job initiative to modernize our infrastructure and put millions to work. This will create millions of new and current owners that could be up on their monthly mortgages. These repubs should be tried for treason for deliberately highjacking the American economy.

    May 16, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  12. Elwood

    Crossroads...isn't that butterball Roves website? 'ol porkie pie backed by a Obama 2012

    May 16, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. Marie MD

    @pamom, half of then population? Step out od the bubble because you are probably in the 99% of the population that is not rich so the rethugs don't like you.
    Just remember that the rethugs campaigned on jobs and all they want to do is make the President a one term president regardless of how much the country suffers.

    May 16, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. a in austin

    The red states took the money for mortgage relief and put it in their budgets. Amazing spin....

    May 16, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  15. American

    Romney...giong bakwards to divisively dishonest Rovian politics. No thanks.

    May 16, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  16. Cynthia L.

    Karl Rove is a man who was never elected to a gosh-darn thing. A wanna-be important guy. This man is almost as important as a blood-sucking mosquito and fifty times more annoying. Talk to the quilty states who spent the money the government gave to help with foreclosures on their budgets instead.
    Mitty Mouse gave a speech to homeowners in Neveda saying that the banks should foreclose and rent out the properties.
    Tell me Mittster, what are your true feelings about people who denouce their citizenship, like the guy from Facebook who our government gave shelter to his family from Brazil, so he can avoid paying taxes to the country that gave them every opportunity to make it big?? Something like your offshore bank accounts in a way. That picture of you and your buds at Bain with your money stuffed in every pocket says it all.
    Answer questions from other news sources other than Fox. Wimp.

    May 16, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. rla

    Sorry democrats but reality is reality- massive nation crushing debt, tribalizing the nation, fund raising when you should be attempting to lead, zilch on jobs?/// What's not to like???

    May 16, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "Note the date folks, June 2008. All bets were off when the Wall Street collapsed, banks collapsed, taxpayers bailed out the banks to the tune of $700 billion, and then the banks stopped lending. The stakes changed, including then Sen. Obama;s message."
    You know, Rudy... when Clinton left office, the dot-com bubble was just beginning to burst, and then 9/11 changed the worlds landscape forever. Just curious, Rudy.... I'm wodering how much of a pass you give GWB because, as you put it, the"stakes changed". Not much, I'm guessing.

    May 16, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. ST

    Can republicans list down what they have accomplished since they took the house in 2010? Totally ZERO. I feel sorry for those who used their time campaigning for them and hence casted their votes.

    May 16, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. Jill

    Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are like Darth Vader and the Evil Empire.

    May 16, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. 2020

    Karl Rove is the mastermind in Bush economics. brought on two wars, invasion of Iraq for no reason. Give top 1% huge tax break they don't need nor deserve. Karl Rove screw up america, dimise the middle class. Shame that this man continue to be weaponized by corporations. He has absolutely no credibility, and the whole world know that. Karl Rove find something else to bark on.

    May 16, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. Julia in Oregon

    I love the fact that the "quote" from the NYT is just shy of 18 months old – like nothing has happened in the last 18 months.... Of course, those who hate the President no matter what are going to ignore that little FACT.

    May 16, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    777 points down in September 2008. Bush the thrush era....

    May 16, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. Tony

    What have Republicans done to deal with issues that are affecting America? Have you heard anything about Republicans' jobs bill after they campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010?

    May 16, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. GI Joe

    It's hard to build a team with one person working and 400 sitting on the sidelines yelling HELL NO.

    May 16, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
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