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. Mack

    All they care about is making the rich richer. That's it. That's their whole agenda. They'd sell their mothers to make a dollar. Disgusting.

    May 17, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. B.

    Rove, the great strategist behind the biggest failure in Presidential history, the Duffous clown Bush!

    Rove is now attempting to repeat history with the complete fraud -Romney the Robot who has no plans except his declarations of destroying everything Obama has accomplished in spite of the GOP.

    May 17, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Brad

    Hey don't give them God and guns - I'm a Democrat and I Love both! BS they own and that is for sure. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good to do nothing. Everyone who SEES the OUTRIGHT LIES needs to call them on it. From the lunitic spam emails to the outright lies of Limpbough and his ilk these folks need to know that the people, US, are on to them and WANT THEM TO STOP THE FABRICATIONS

    May 17, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Dar

    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.

    AND we are to beleive her too, RIGHT!

    May 17, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Rick

    Rowe is now starting a personal campaign blitz against Obama about his person. He is attacking Obamas person and not his record. He is going back to the 2008 ads. Rowe knows he cannot win with the record Obama has and has not been told. Republicans are doing they speakig points and won't let the real truth be known. Republicans LIE voters.

    May 17, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. mommytwice

    To date, Obama has kept over 180 campaign promises. There is not a single other president anywhere in any time in history who can surpass that. I am amazed at anyone who can't see anything but the things he hasn't been able to accomplish. Nearly 200 kept promises, which is unheard of in politics, a crumbling economy, hemmoraging jobs when he took office, largely caused by the GOP, and so many people won't even give him the same amount of time to fix it as the Republicans had to ruin it. Bush at least got 8 years to ruin things. Romney is a souless corporate raider who is part of the original problem. He will fix nothing if elected.

    May 17, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. California Gary

    Finally, someone calls what Rove does B.S. – we all knew that, but it's nice to hear someone actually say it out loud. Way to go Stephanie!

    May 17, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Expat American

    For 8 years, under the criminal Republican administration of Bush, Cheney, Rove and co; in the eyes of the world abroad, the United States couldn’t have been farther from “the proud, leader and strong principled nation we always have been!”

    May 17, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. 2Bsquare

    Hey its the Rep. keeping DeMArco in office, even though he obviously lied ot Congress. DeMarco, of FHFA, told Congress that Fannie and Freddie would not consider equity reduction, when in fact they had been involved in experimental practices with Wells and Citi. You have to wonder who benefited from those reductions. Were the Joe Plumber or were they someone of importance to FHFA.

    FHFA has refused continual FOIA request, yet the Rep, and some Dems dont seem to care.

    May 17, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. DJ Reality

    Carl Rove is a snake. Rove is evil and he knows it and relishes it. he wants to be like Dick Cheney. He is a right wing political terrorist.

    May 17, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. billy davis

    Karl Rove the liar that gave us the Liar in Chief Bush. Got WMD's?

    May 17, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Investment Advisor

    The BS here belongs to
    "Deputy" Cutter!

    May 17, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "B.S." Wow. It's still early. Six more months to go, and folks are already swinging for the fences.

    May 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    That’s why his previous boss affectionately called him "turd-blossom".

    May 17, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. judy

    can you imagin what this president could have accomplished by now if he didnt have to spend the last three years cleaning up after the mess left by the repos. We need to get rid of the super pacs and turn politics around. Politicians should not have to sign pacs that they will follow what people like the koch Bros or Norquest Half the repos are afraid to go against them or the tea party . They might loose money for their election or have a new challenger. This is thuggery plaine and simple. And more and more republicans are turning into thugs. Read the post.

    May 17, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Nanci

    Let's just hope that American voters are not stupid enough to vote these GOPers back into power. Hopefully we all have learned what most of us Dems have known for a very long time. They are evil, with no heart, shame or real love for this country. All they care about is power and money..........

    May 17, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. The Unsub

    Obama! Obama!!

    May 17, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. 60minuteman

    "the independent group Crossroads GPS" – THAT has GOT to be the BIGGEST OXYMORON I have ever experienced in my life!!!

    May 17, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. carly

    There must be some really gullible voters in this country to fall for any of the GOP BS. All the right wingers know is lies and deception. Vote out all right wing nuts in 2012.

    May 17, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. tumbleweed

    @GF "Remember, even if Obama wins, congress will render him a 4 year long lame duck president, we cannot afford to waste another 4 years without decisive policy changes."

    They did this for the first 4 years too, knuckelhead.
    It's the traitors. Those teabags in Congress and like yourself who are willing to hurt this Country in order to have the democratically, overwhelmingly elected POTUS fail for your sides political gain. Don't you care that if the POTUS fails we all fail as a country. All you haters care about is that a non white person with some progressive views is in the WH. Traitors, just like Johnny Reb, from 1860's. Traitors!!! And you dare to call yourselves Patriots.

    May 17, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    That’s why his previous boss affectionately called him "turd-blossom".

    Yep. And he's been "stinking" up the political landscape ever since. Begging the question, just how low will the righteous, family values, God fearing Mitt Romney allow himself to go in following Rove to "hell". The one (Rove) has already sold his soul to Satan ... the other (Romney) is bartering his soul to Satan fast and furious.

    May 17, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. FastBoat

    Carl Rove full of B.S., now there's a surprize. Some one should tell him he can go to hell just as easily for lying as he can for stealing.

    May 17, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Bob from Pittsburgh

    At Dar:

    Did you belive Bush when he said Mission Acompilshed?
    Did you belive Bush when he said "I am bringing Democrasy to Iraq?
    Did you belive Bush when he said Every American should own a house t=and then let CountryWide and Bank of America riped people off?

    May 17, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Big George in Big D

    I love the part where that woman(!) said that Obama has cut taxes for the middle class! What a freaking laugh! When I had my income tax prepared this year, I had a high payment due to the IRS because OBAMA's and his cronies upped the tax rate schedule. That's a little known fact and probably not known at all to the lower class because it meant more money to them that did NOT pay taxes to begin with. Once again, Robinhood has the Obamabots fooled! Wise up people. ROMNEY!

    May 17, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Michael

    mission accomplished

    May 17, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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