Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'
May 17th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
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Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager used a three-minute web video Thursday to take on the latest ad from the independent group Crossroads GPS, point by point.

"Karl Rove's group Crossroads is spending $25 million from secret donors to tear down the president in a new ad," Stephanie Cutter said to open the spot. "Time to tear this thing apart."

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The web video is the official counter from the Obama re-election campaign to the Crossroads commercial that claims the president has broken promises surrounding homeowners facing foreclosures, taxes, health care coverage and cutting the deficit.

On Wednesday, the Rove-backed group said it would spend $8 million to run the ad in ten battleground states between now and the end of May and is expected to spend $25 million to air the spot over the next four weeks.

But Cutter pushed back on the ad's four claims, saying the president's policies have helped 6 million homeowners with their mortgages, led to a drop in middle class taxes, enabled individuals to keep their current health care coverage as part of the federal law and that Obama enacted $1 trillion in spending cuts to help reduce the deficit.

Short clips of Romney are interspersed throughout the video to prove the policies of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate would roll back Obama's progress. Cutter then asks supporters to "call out" Rove.

"So another special interest attack ad, another set of outright distortions and another time when I need to ask you to do what you do best: get the president's back," she said. "Karl Rove is relying on you to do nothing to call out his B.S., and I know you'll prove him wrong."

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization to American Crossroads, which first became active in the 2010 mid-term elections as an independent super PAC supporting GOP causes and candidates. Its founders included Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush and former Republican National Committee chairmen Mike Duncan and Ed Gillespie.

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.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Stephanie Cutter
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Wouldn't it be great if Libel Laws could apply to campaign innuendos? That would completely decimate the only campaign strategies that Karl Rove knows how to use.

    May 17, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Mark

    Republican donors who remain secret? Why? They have the best interests of all the country, why would they remain secret? There is one thing in life where SECRECY, DISHONESTY, TREACHERY and GREED are VIRTUES, it's called poker. I'll bet my stack that Obama gets reelected. Question is, can we get rid of the Tea Party Zealots.........America's Taliban.

    May 17, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. GI Joe

    We're just beginning to recover from 8 years of this man being W's brain. Don't fall for his crap again, unless you love being poor and jobless.

    May 17, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Yeah, Rove's ad is pretty atrocious, even compared to his own cult's history of lies and propaganda. The ad may set a new record for number of lies.

    May 17, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. rla

    Wow is this video a crock???? Again the "Thank Obama" thing or personality politics instead of doing his job (Note more fund raisers than the last 5 presidents???? Gee where is that lazer focus on jobs??? The Arab spring as Iran takes over Syria?? And this thing about foreclosures- as bad as ever after 4 years ??? What's not to like???

    May 17, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Karl Rowe, Glenn Beck, Ann coulter, Maureen Dawd, list goes on, on are all Big BS. Fox too...Americans need education to comprehend GOP is BS, cult, nonsense, tax-cuts created "Debt"...not spending on SS, Medicare whic GOP want to ban.........

    May 17, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. ST

    Go Stephanie go and keep the heat/fire on. We all understand that you a very tough lady and will not allow even a single minute, let Karl Rove and his buddies lie to people. They did it to John Kerry but not this time. Keep it up Stephanie!

    May 17, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. dnick47

    Rove is only good at one thing: LYING. That trait brought him fame and fortune under GWB's Administration and we've all seen him for what he is.... so, Rove, crawl back under a rock where you belong.

    May 17, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. Common sense!

    Those three minutes could have been time well spent looking for another job! and a bigger U- Haul

    May 17, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. paul

    Rove should crawl back in his hole with Bush and Cheney,spend all that money they ripped off from America for a war we did not need. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    May 17, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. dave hayslip

    Certain names conjure toxic danger...Cheney, Rove, Neo-Cons. Though sad, we now must equate BS to that low level. Focus on the fact that there are two kinds of Republicans: rich ones and suckers.

    May 17, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. lady domina

    Karl Rove outed valerie plame. He's guilty of treason and he got away with it. This man is dangerous and simply bad for this country. Rove is a sick man.

    May 17, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. Rich

    We live in a time where lies are broadcast easily and without thought. The ends justify the means for most Americans and it is truly sad. Morals and ethics have given way to bad behavior. I, for one, am tired of it. I have watched Jamie Dimon defend the actions of his leadership and bank by lying. His bank chose to build synthetic loans (which needs to be a crime) instead of actually loan money to clients. The President backed Jamie Dimon this week. I watched Mitt Romney take credit for the health of the US car industry after he famously came out against helping the car industry a few years ago. He is delusional. What are we doing in this country? We are allowing the inmates to run the asylum and its our fault because not getting involved, not holding these people to a standard, not paying attention, not understanding issues is sending a message that you support this behavior. Our country needs to start doing the "right" thing when decisions get tough and start going after the liars, the cheats, the scoundrels and those that obfuscate. Karl Rove needs to be quieted, Romney needs to state the issues he stands for clearly and cleanly, President Obama needs to start defining his views and stop sitting on the fence. Its time for America to stand for something. Its time to send a message to the rest of the world that we will not allow this behavior a place. STAND UP AMERICA.

    May 17, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    Forget Karl Rove – Another Republican Super Pac is trying to bring back "Jeremiah Wright" claiming that they have an ad that would have destroyed President Obama in 2008?? Really? Yep, "American chickens ARE coming home to roost" and Romney is going to suffer in the end because all he THINK he knows and all he wants to TALK ABOUT is the "economy."

    This will FIRE UP the Democratic base and the media will DROWN OUT everything that R-Money is trying to "Flip-Flop and LIE about" for a while!!! BRING IT ON!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    May 17, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. American

    Good to see the Obama campaign holding Karl Rove & Koch Brothers accountable for the constant lies associated with the divisive Romney campaign.

    Integrity counts in America...President Obama 2012

    May 17, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Not healthy

    How do we even know if [karl roves money] is even from this country? more like going dark. probably not to avoid taxes so much, but probably a different country trying to drop this country from within.

    May 17, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. WiredweirdinSF

    It is the only thing that Obama does well, he tears down people and organizations that don't agree with him. Kinda like his hero's Castrol, Chavez, Stalin, and Lenin. It is his only real skill.

    May 17, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Schizoid

    Jesus Christ! the amount of money spent only in the beginning campaign is ridiculous, I canĀ“t Imagine how much will be wasted after August comes. These will regret it if the country sinks again into recession.

    May 17, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. 1crusader

    The charges being made are distorted; and mostly altogether untrue.I was not a supporter of Gingrich nor Santorum, but these same people that destroyed thir campaigns are trying to do this to the president's.Romney hasn't even told people what he would do if elected.All he does is criticize the president.At least the president has had the courage to stand for something.

    May 17, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. macrasta

    Take the gloves off...Mr President...take the gloves off.... play the game the way Rove plays the game...don't come to a gun fight with a knife...

    May 17, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. cnnife

    Broken promises indeed. The POTUS is not a dictator. He can only fulfill promises with the help of congress. How can you fulfill any promise when you are working with a party whose main objective is to ensure that: 1.The president fails. 2.He is a one time president 3. Requires super-majourity for everything. 4. Their own members are tired and quiting. No promise can be fulfilled untill Tea-partiers are all kicked out in Nov.

    May 17, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Hmm. A guy can found a superPAC supporting a party, and then later join that party's presidential candidate's staff. Boy, oh boy, did the SCOTUS get the "Citizens United" ruling wrong. They basically legalized bribery of politicians.

    May 17, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Dave

    Sorry, I am not buying Obama's campaign statements. Anyone who bashes Bush for debt and deficits, then increases them significantly will not get my vote.

    May 17, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. UmValli Lowenthal

    President Obama Re-Election team should focus on the actions and policies of the Republican Party against the middle class and the downtroden. The team should emphasize over and over the success of the Obama presidency in the 4 short years past in health care, economic recovery, world peace, our integrity overseas, where we have come from and the optisism that lies ahead. The team should emphasize the health care benefits of parents with children 26 and under. The team should emphatically rebutt the mis-information from the republican party and the conservatives. As Americans, are we not our brothers' and sisters' keeper? The team should emphasize the impact of Humane Capitalism not exploitative capitalism. Let's change the face of capitalism, America!

    May 17, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Jeff in Virginia

    It's a shame that CNN won't tear apart Karl Rove's lies directly. Nope- they have to let a Democrat do it, so that this "he said she said" idiocy can be pushed on the public.

    Stand up for the truth.

    May 17, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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