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. FLIndependent

    @Mat – "The stimulus has proven to hurt more than help. It was a wish list for dems that had no bipartisan support (except Maine which will soon change). They extorted money from Bush to keep the trops funded and then blame him for overspending. Dems are always for sale, and Obama more than most. Hmmm.......what does that make them?"
    This doesn't even make any sense. What do you mean they extorted money from Bush? If the stimulus didn't work as well as it could have it's because 1) it was too small and 2) the Repub governors used the money to balance their budgets instead of creating jobs. Another reason the unemployment rate isn't lower is because of all of the public employees that have been layed off. We have had job gains in the private sector but the public sector has lost jobs so to say the stimulus failed isn't truthful and you know it!

    May 17, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Lauren R.

    @Malory Archer, I did the research and your "Bush deficits and two wars" have nothing to do with the massive increase in spending in 2009. Nothing. The deficit spending of the Bush years peaked in 2004 (-$538 billion) and was going DOWN every year after, heading toward a surplus in a few years until the recession of 2008 and the election of Obama and the Democrat Congress changed everything.

    May 17, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. FLIndependent

    @mat – "FLindependant is no independant."
    You know I've gotten this before and it makes me laugh – what you're implying is that since I support Obama & the Dems that I can't be an Independent and that only people that support Repubs are Independents – think about it!!

    May 17, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. grumpyolddragon

    Karl Rove is the Devil

    May 17, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. grumpyolddragon

    Karl Rove is the Devil.

    May 17, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. FLIndependent

    @Real Tom Paine – Thank you for supporting my comment.

    May 17, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Tom

    Stephanie Cutter looks a bit insane in the photo accompanying this story.

    May 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. lean6

    I absolutely love this ad. Kinda been ticked off that this hasn't been the norm...to call out the blatant lies of the GOP.

    May 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Mosihasteen

    Obama lies. GOP lies. Whose not a liar?

    May 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. FLIndependent

    @Grive -" im wondering what the total amount of these super PACs are spending on this election. I think personally if they took al that money and started helping low income familys get back on there feet they probly would get 3 times as many votes than running a commercial that no one wants to see. Or how about taking that money and start investing it in some bussiness to get people back to work. these people dont want there taxes raised but they should do show everybody just how rich they are and complain that they are being taxed to much. If u ask me its hypocrital to throw money around like that then try to tell us we care about you."
    I say this all the time about Romney – with all his $$$, instead of running for President the past six years why doesn't he start education programs to retrain people for jobs, start various businesses, etc. If he really cared about the middle class and poor that would be a much greater contribution to society than what he plans on doing as President (make the rich richer).

    May 17, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Bob in Texas

    Rove's ads say a lot more about Republicans than they do about Obama, and it ain't pretty.

    May 17, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. p

    Lauren R.- Iraq and Afghanistan, Medicare part D were done by Bush – OFF THE BOOKS – This POTUS put those expenditures ON THE BOOKS!
    Bush tax cuts were also made from BORROWED MONEY. (during 2 wars – no less)
    Bush big bank bailout 800+B$.
    Then Bush just walked away, and it became the next guy's problem.

    May 17, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Brian

    What gender is Rove? He (?) looks like a plump eunuch.

    May 17, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Jeff

    @ Lauren R. – Go back and hit the books, because your numbers are way off. Per the CBO the deficit numbers for the last years of Bush's term were and it 'peaked' in FY 2008 (he was still in office for all that year) and it was at $647 Billion. The next year it spiked to $1.5 Trillion largely based on stimulus funds spent by both Bush & Obama (don't forget that Bush was still in office for 1/3rd of FY 2009 and the spending programs put in place for the rest of the year were already a done deal). Large chunks of this deficit are also due to decreased revenue, not just spending (not just from the tax cuts but also from the general economic slowdown). Also, don't forget that President Obama can't spend anything. Congress does, and I haven't seen the Dems or Reps come up with a truly viable solution (Ryan's isn't) apart from the Simpson-Bowles Commission.

    May 17, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Old Republican

    Karl Rove is the poster child for the fall from grace of the GOP. He is an unprincipled actor whose sole pursuit is of votes not policy. It is though him that the once fiscally conservative GOP spent like drunken sailors on the DoD during the Bush years and pandered to the 1% in terms of tax breaks.

    May 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Crop1981

    Gotta watch ole' Turd Blossom. You never know what sort of lies he's goin' to cook up.

    May 17, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Lauren R.

    @Malory Archer and those who keep spouting the "Bush deficits" nonsense: The highest Bush deficit was in 2004, -$567 billion. Every year after that it shrunk by an average of 18% and would have continued to shrink, creating a surplus again by 2013, until the recession of 2008 significantly reduced tax revenue.

    2008 and 2009 were bad years for tax revenue but it bounced back by 2010. If we had continued on the same spending path as we had under Bush, even with the recession and 2 years of reduced tax revenue, we would have gotten to a budget surplus 14 years later in 2027. It's probable that it would have happened sooner because the wars were winding down.

    The bottom line is President Obama and the Democrats massively increased spending with no plan to reduce it, regardless of Obama's occasional hollow promises to reduce the deficit. Liberals don't believe in reducing the size of government, they believe in growing it, so cutting spending virtually never enters their consciousness, except in the rare case of military spending which they see as bad. The federal budget history since 1902 shows that a Democrat-led Congress increases spending per year roughly TWICE as much (9%) as a Republican-led Congress (4.5%).

    May 17, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. scat398

    Now that was some serious BS. I don't agree with Liberals on much, but at least they should admit when they have gone crazy overboard on spending. On What planet did Barack obama cut 1trillion in spending?

    May 17, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. susan/ california

    When will the lies stop. When can we run a campaign with integrety and truth? Why are elections run and won on lies? Tired of all of this and no co-op from a terrible do nothing Republican house of Reps. Wish we could have some real campaign reform. DISHEARTENED IN LA

    May 17, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. EdSantaFe

    Rove is a troll and a war criminal

    May 17, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Goodtymes

    Facts are an ugly thing, let's not talk about the economy and talk about trayvon and rich people.

    May 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Jane

    Love it! Karl Rove ending his legacy as a 25 million dollar joke. Stay classy, Karl. And this is the guy who is suppoed to be the brains of the GOP???

    May 17, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. rika33

    Rove always looked like something that crawled out from under a rock – seems that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover.

    May 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Mark from Louisiana

    Why did the Selective Service System change it's rules about what records can be deleted, like selective service records.....four days after Sheriff Joe Arpiro announced a fraud investigation into obamas selective service records?
    Why is there a a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." ?????

    May 17, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. marty

    Why can't we settle on a fixed dollar amount for campaign funding? Doesn't anyone else see that the dozens of millions and eventual trillions of dollars being spent on elections COULD be going to charities, businesses large and small, the arts or any number of private organizations someone may support? Let individuals send their expendable money to private organizations or even the US Treasury...whatever they choose.

    May 17, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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