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. AL in West Palm Beach

    We're the hammer, they're the nail...

    If they pop up...hammer them down and with FACTS at that.

    FACTS: Antidote against republicanism (a delisional disease).

    May 17, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |

    Rovian tactics will not work against OFA2012. Let Karl waste his money on his ads. They can be debunked in a minute.

    May 17, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Outstanding!! America finally has a mouthpiece to respond to all the negative and misrepresented fear mongering delivered by the GOP! The Dems need to find our own 'Karl Rove' to organize highly funded "one goal" messages...but that hardly sounds democratic does it? We just can't play dirty like the 'conservatives.'

    May 17, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. maguro_01

    Karl Rove was regarded in the Bush II White House as the architect of Bush's Presidential campaigns. He was also the architect of the Ownership Society, the $440+ billion subprime mortgage program designed to get an Hispanic constituency for the Republicans. He interviewed many times claiming credit and saying that it was inspired by President McKinley. Rove was proud of his program until the wheels came off and he left the White House.

    So Rove was very important in starting the chain of events that convulsed and nearly crashed the West. It required phenomenal expenditures and debt to avoid decades of Depression. Yet he is utterly unrepentant and appears to have learned nothing. He apparently advocates the same policies he always did. He's not only unrepentant, he's spending tens of millions of dollars, eventually hundreds of millions, to arrogantly attack and smear President Obama.

    Rove is also the reining master of Confederate politics. The real core of Confederate politics is not the endless abuse and invented colorful accusations. It's raising contending, distracted mobs while the real players clean the table. Getting older people to work hard for a Republican medical care program that can only shorten their and their children's life expectancy significantly. is politically a perverse masterpiece.

    May 17, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Jeff in Virginia wrote:

    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.
    They cannot do that. If they did that, then it would not be a news article. It would be an editorial or an op-ed. Fox News crosses that line all the time, passing off op-eds as news and grossly misleads their viewers.

    May 17, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. An Observer from North of the 49th

    @ 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.
    Get a grip of yourself, need to take your tinfoil hat off

    May 17, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Watch karl he will skirt the laws to get the greed over people party in the capital buildings

    May 17, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Pete

    This issue,now an annoyance about the super pacs with anonymous donors contributing millions to further their corporate agendas,destroying the election process,making America a two tyre class system being the 1%ers who have their say pretty much on anything because of their wealth and status politically with these donations.And the 99%ers the voiceless majority,who because of the 1%ers,they're left living the lives the upper class directed for them with their political influence being heard with these secret donations,not made public.Carl Rove ,a Bush diciple from a failed presidency has again entered politics thru the back door,again.He is much like that other political leech,T Boone Pickens,a wanne be politician with no morals who wouldn't go public with SWIFT BOAT lies against Kerry ,in Bushs reelection bid,till after the elections were over.Now publicly parading as an eco savior of sorts with his botched ideas on wind generated power made public after Pres.Obama took office.He seized on the idea after hearing how the president was against Pickens oil empire and was looking for green energy ideas for the future made publicly.But Pickens ideas have fallen on deaf ears mainly because of his alternative plan,to monopolize the wind generated power industry thus making him king of another power generated kingdom used nationwide.Karl Rove after this election will disappear much like the locusts that inhabit the plains do on their recorded 4 year cycle,destroying everything in their path,not caring who they hurt ,then retreating to die leaving their destructive carnage and offspring to return once again just like their parents did,to do the same task again,much to everyone's dismay..This super pacs issue is just a one election idea,a flash in the pan of sorts and will be eliminated by the next election cycle with bipartsan support,republicans created this monster and the incumbent has turned it against the creator,not good is it!!

    May 17, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. grahame rhodes

    Anyone who believes Karl Rove is an idiot. Oh sorry saying that is an insult to all idiots. Face it Rove is filth. I've scraped more intelligence off my shoe.

    May 17, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    Well folks, we can thank the 5-4 right wing SCOTUS for this royal mess of lies, deceit, dishonesty and political grandstanding that we are seeing from the Super PAC's.
    I hold them directly responsible – for all the good that will do. They single-handedly demolished any legal precedent and the FEC rules with their decision. They, along with McConnell and Boehner and their ilk, should all be impeached for treasonous behavior.

    May 17, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Mavrik

    As an independent, it seems clear to me that neither side relies on "facts." Both the Republicans and the Democrats spin the facts to fit their rhetoric (aka: BS).

    May 17, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Expat American

    The GOP Brownshirt Propaganda Hate Machine starts up again.

    May 17, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Not A Fan

    REALLY Folks..Does it carryany signifcance when you recognize these allegations are coming from someone named TURDBLOSSUM.......might bush was smarter than I give him credit for.
    My dilemna is more far reaching..I want to vote for someone with a shaved head,wearing at least 10 lapel pins, at a min. 4 crucifixes and recognize's our country as 'homeland', 'fatherland' or 'motherland'. All throwbacks to the era when they elected a plumber to do electrical work. Thus I guess my choices are either romney or hitler (he's dead,theother flipflops more than a pancake!). So my conclusion is GO OBAMA!!!

    May 17, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. mein kamph

    Rove knows history... he knows that just as Hitler was able to fool the masses with lies and misinformation, if people hear a lie long enough they believe it to be truth. Rove is just as evil, and just as deranged as Hitler.

    May 17, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Phil

    Fool me once Mr. President, shame on you. Fool me twice Mr. President, shame on me.

    May 17, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Core republican Values

    Karl Rove, the "Adolph Eichmann," of the republican party, would be shipping liberals off to extermination camps if wasn't frowned upon by our legal system. As the architect behind Bush II and such atrocities as the "Swift Boating" of honorable veteran John Kerry, he is the primary reason politics in this country have turned so ugly.

    May 17, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Data Driven

    Read what maguro said above, folks.

    I'll only add that it's gratifying to see the Obama people striking back against the nonsense from moneyed interests like Crossroads. In 08 I thought Obama's campaign was a little soft, perhaps necessarily so, given the historical nature of the candidate. I think they were afraid to freak people out. But now they just have to trust that America has–more or less, depending on geography–become accustomed to an African American president, and they must now hit hard and often. Next step: learning how to set the terms of the debate, an art conservatives have mastered over the decades.

    May 17, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Neutral

    If the Romney camp resurrect this stupidity, they will need to advise the world why Romney & family see it ok to spend his life in a church which once felt Black people were not welcome to be apart of the denomination and felt people of mixed culture were not to fall in love and get married if they choose to.

    May 17, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Linda

    Karl Rove was the master mind behind getting the rich and power players to get Bush elected.....if the rich and power hungry are what you want to run this country then you can fall for this B.S. again......but it didn't work in 2008 and it won't work in November.....we are tired of the rich buying our elections.....you see what it got when they Bought Bush's election, the rich got richer but the poor and middle class paid for their mistakes and we still are....and this country is suffering still from the republicans failures and mistakes.....It would take even Jesus Christ himself some time to get us out of this mess that the GOP got us into, I wonder if the Republicans would try to make Jesus fail to get this county back on it's feet as they have this President......with the GOP it's all about money, money to distroy people, money and loopholes for the rich so they don't have to pay taxes like the rest of us and the same for companies, money to put in their pockets.....they don't give a rats rear end about America or anyone that doesn't have a bank account with multi millions of dollars........

    May 17, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. FLIndependent

    Karl Rove should be in jail for his outing of a CIA agent, but he's still free and spreading nothing but lies and distortions. However, living in one of the swing states, so far I've seen a few very positive ads from the Obama campaign which do, in fact, highlight the President's accomplishments and, on the Romney side, all there is attack ads. The only very lame positive ad for Romney is where some father tells how Romney once shut down a company for a day so the employees could help search for his missing daughter – really a reason to vote for him to be our President (not!) I'm thrilled that the Obama campaign is strking back quickly and we all need to remember what an effective campaign was run in 2008 so I'm sure they are more than ready to take on the Rove machine this time!

    May 17, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Russ in Md

    @Mavrik: Bravo. That's pinning the tail right where is belongs and I would go as far to say that the Dems are the biggest instigators of this rhetoric.

    May 17, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. AKsteve

    The only one going to benefit from what is going to be the ugliest/dirtiest campaign in the history of elections are the advertising agencies and the networks selling the ads.

    Folks, money is now considered speech. And the ones with money don't seem to care what they say as along as they win. America is going down the drain.

    May 17, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. frank

    Rove always has FACTS....and the Dems just hate that! that is why they never challenge the facts...they call names..that is all they can do! if the Dems accuse of hate or bs YOU KNOW they are afraid....the truth always comes through

    May 17, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. cnnife

    Reaction to Dave
    "Anyone who bashes Bush for debt and deficits, then increases them significantly will not get my vote." Then keep your vote. How on Earth can you govern without increasing debt when you took over from a guy who: inherited a surplus, then cut the source of federal revenue by giving tax breaks to the so called job creators[ btw, they have not created anything since the tax breaks] and continue to borrow from China to pay them, started another war in Iraq while one is ongoing in Afganistan. Bush dug a very big hole and then pass a law to prevent generating reveue to fill it. Only history will judge him so is the death of nearly half a million people in Iraq who died because of a war that was totally unnecessary

    May 17, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. orlando smith

    Do folks need to be reminded that this is the same Karl Rove who master minded the inept presidency of one G.W. Bush!! Unfortunately YES THEY DO!!!. It is remarkable how much people need facts hammered into their brains or else they'll fall for the same trick again and again. No wonder the mindless folly of "reality TV" flourishes in this country!

    May 17, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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