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. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Rove has the credibility and personality of a Pit Bull with a migrane. Only without the fun parts. Not to mention a long history of putting out tha same lies over and over until the most simple minded actually begin to think what he says are facts
    Rove would have fit in perfectly with Nixon's plumbers and the rest of the Republican criminals of the era. Come to think of it, the Republicans do not seem to have climbed much further out of the shallow end of the morality pool after all these years
    Perhaps a simple historical ad showing all of the Republicans convicted of criminal acts along with their government positions from Nixon to now. Even if you just gave them a few seconds each, it might make a good half hour special. Then at the end, point out that these are the folks that claim to be the leaders of American Values.

    May 17, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Qi

    I still don't see why Romney will not release his tax records. What is he hiding. It may have to do with his off shore bank accounts. He needs to come clean......

    May 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Cedar Rapids

    "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"

    Sorry but despite rose coloured glasses to the contrary, things were not better in the past politically. Look back throughout American history and see how it has always been dirty.

    "In the election of 1800, one of the dirtiest in American history, the venomous hack writer James Callendar (secretly hired by Thomas Jefferson) assailed then-President John Adams as a “repulsive pedant” and “a hideous hermaphroditical character,” whatever that means. Later in the 19th century, Martin Van Buren was accused of wearing women’s corsets (by Davy Crockett, no less) and James Buchanan (who had a congenital condition that caused his head to tilt to the left) was accused of have unsuccessfully tried to hang himself. Oh, and Abraham Lincoln reportedly had stinky feet"

    May 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. mike

    Rove is full of BS he corrupts our democracy with all his mega lobbyist millions. he is a disgrace to our democracy.he would do better in a plutocratic society as king Rove or something he doesnt belong in America!

    May 17, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Mark

    Rove is the puppet master. And Bush's brain. First to Scott above: Congress spends the money, Congress lowered our credit rating by playing politics, try reading the Constitution that everybody talks about but knows nothing about. This government is putting party over country-that is being a traitor! Rove is a traitor and is ruining political campains with illegal money from god knows where. The supreme court did more to violate campain finance than anybody else-companies are people! that is the BS.

    May 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Skechers gets fined $40 million for not being honest, and the entire Romney Rove fools get away with non stop lies. Come on CNN, grow a pair and go after Rove and Mittens.

    May 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. FLIndependent

    "Obama said he would cut the deficit in half. Not even close! Somebody should call Obama's hand.. CNN and the media won't do their job. Did Obama break his promise or not? Answer that question and stop regurgitating the Obama campaign's BS."
    I wish you Obama haters would tell us the truth and that is that you really did expect Obama to be a dictator. You yell and scream that his policies aren't working but at the same time say he didn't fulfill his promises. Anyone with half a brain knows that a president (any president) can only put forth ideas and that it is the Congress that writes the laws and passes legislation. President Obama did try to make Boehner & Cantor agree to steeper cuts than they initially proposed but they backed down – you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Give Obama a Congress that will work with him next term and many more good things will be accomplished.

    May 17, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Roger

    Every vote for a Republican takes our middle class down another notch.
    Rove and Rush both are a waste of humanity.

    May 17, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Steve

    Lets face it Obama has done very little or nothing for this country except arm the drug cartels, (caught and killed OBL, Added 4 million new jobs during the worst financial catastrophy in your life time, instituted a universal Health Care System, something tried (by the GOP) during Bush's admin and Clinton's as well) ended one war and is exiting a second. That's nothing?!)destroy this countries Credit Rating (GOP did that all by themselves), refuses a pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs (actually, 20 jobs and runs directly over a key agriculture aquifer crucial to food production), Gives money away to fail compaines like Solyndra.(What about all the money maing successes? AIG, GM, etc)
    If you liked where our country went over the 2000 to 2008 years, listen to Karl Rove. That was his horrific creation.

    May 17, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. chuck

    here's the deal guys- O'bama was left with the worst economic crisis since the 1930's- he has disappointed people the same way that any other earthling would have disappointed- the crisis is much worse than anyone realized- therefore the stimulus that has been panned, didn't work for one simple reason- it wasn't sufficient in size to match the depth of our economic crisis. Yes, he should have focused on jobs, instead of healthcare- but he, along with everyone else didn't understand the scope of the problems that we and the rest of the world, especially Europe, face. So everyone that has lived through the typical two and one half year recession is freaking out due to the fact that we haven't recovered yet. And guess what- this crisis will not be cured or resolved for several more years. That is why, if elected, Romney will be a one term president- people are very angry currently, can you imagine 3-4 years from now when things aren't any better- and possibly worse- how they will feel. All the people counting on Willard to straighten everything out are in for a very sad awakening. The deficit will have to be dealt with- but not NOW- cutting spending at the present will merely put us back into recession- look at Britain where Mr. Cameron is employing the strategy of republicans. The deficit should and will have to be dealt with in 3-4 years- and at that time both democrats and republicans will have to hold hands and jump off the building together- because they will have to cut entitlements- medicare and medicaid- and defense- and that will be very unpopular, but very necessary. And that's the way it really is guys- O'bama has done a very good job foreign policy wise- too bad nobody cares about it. It will be a close election- either guy could win- and in the big picture it won't make a difference. The economy will turn around when it is good and ready- and it will have nothing to do with whom is in the white house. Everyone have a nice day.

    May 17, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. AJ

    Karl Rove is the person (I won't even say man) who outed a US CIA operative for political gain, because the woman's husband had the audacity to expose George Bush's WMD reason d'etre for war with Iraq. Both Rove and Bush should be in jaill for treason. Rove has no morals and anything he says or does should be immediately discredited.

    May 17, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. joe smith

    wonder what carl thinks of hillary & benanke last week signing an agreement to sell American banks to the chinese, yes American banks being sold to our communist threat..anyone talking about that?? NO

    May 17, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. snowdogg

    Rove is playing the role of Himmler in Romney's election campaign.

    May 17, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Spockish - "Republican economic policy between 2001 and 2009 created 50 straight months of record economic growth." is a BALD-FACED LIE. As I said, "here come the lies".
    Actually, it was much better than this but I held back.

    The Republicans were handed a recession by Clinton (dot com bubble burst) and terrorist actively attacking the USA because Clinton refused to order the trigger be pulled when the CIA had him literally in their gun sights. But in spite of all that, George Bush and the Republicans produced 50 straight months of job and economic growth until the Democrats "Homes for Those that Can't Afford Them" scam collapsed the financial system with bad loans and took our economy down with it. Democrats were in control of the House and Senate yet refused to act to prevent it.

    Democrats are good for two things and two things ONLY. Planting economic time bombs and blaming others.

    May 17, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Karl Rove only has influence with these attack adds so long as he doesn't show his face. His former student, W, is so disgraced by Rove's "genius" that no Republican candidate wants to be seen in the same room with him. Mittens just gave a speech yesterday in which he referred to W a half dozen times as "Presidnet Obama's predecessor". Mittens literally refused to even say W's name lest he be contaminated by the "Rove magic". I wish we could all just see more the of the man behind the curtain.

    May 17, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Marcus

    Scott – 'destroy this countries Credit Rating'...?
    Blame it on the Tea Party dudes who thought (and said in front of mikes and cameras) that wasn't much of a bad deal (as long as they had their way or the highway).
    But don't believe in my words, the archives section of news websites exists just for that.

    May 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. CitizenAJ

    Why any one wants to believe or follow anything tied to, related and definitely coming from Karl Rove (should be Karl Rouge) is beyond me. Don't you know he helped usher in 4 more, rotten years of Bush/Cheney? That's another thing, we beat up poor, pitiful G.W., but his puppet master, Dick Cheney bears a lot of the blame for that failed administration. He should be linked with those 8 years of horrific governing. George Bush was only saved by the September 11 attacks. The economy was already going into the tank before they happen, and if the attacks had not happened, that would have been obvious, that he watched it tanked instead of doing something to right it.

    May 17, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. FLIndependent

    "obama spends money to save a country–bush spent money to destroy a country"
    Well said! I can bet that if Obama didn't pass a stimulus that the Repubs would have been screaming that Obama did nothing and should pass a stimulus!! No matter what Obama proposed, the Repubs went against it and it was so obvious from Day 1 what their tactic was going to be for Obama's entire term – SHAMEFUL and ALL should be tried for treason. It takes money to make money and the Repubs know this more than anybody!

    May 17, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Jack

    People–let's not forget who brought us this crisis. It was Rove and W. and that team that got us here. C'mon. Do you really want to go back to those days?

    And to answer that idiotic question about the pipeline: That pipeline cannot be built in Canada because Canada does not want to ruin it's environment. That's why the company is willing to build a longer, more expensive pipeline to the Gulf AND the jobs and money goes to Canadians AND the product it produces is sold to Asia and not to the US. It's a Canadian company and not interested in giving jobs or money to the US. We endanger our environment and get very few jobs and no money. Is that such a great deal? Wake up.

    May 17, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Nad

    To FLIndependent:

    Well said

    May 17, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. The Real BS is OBAMA

    "I am pretty sure the US would be much worse off today than 4 years ago without Obama. There would be no domestic auto industry, Bin Laden would still be alive, the health care system would still exclude those who actually need it,millions more would be unemployed and I could go on. Seriously, we can't be so partisan as to say good is bad just because it did not come from our team. It makes us look like we have a poor grasp on reality.The GOP has become the party of negative. This add is part of a sad story of a party which has lost its way."

    I don't think you know what you're talking about. Structured bankruptcy doesn't mean the end of the company, Bin Laden would still be dead (It's not like Obama found him and put the bullet in his head), and in all likelihood more people would be employed. While it would have been worse, it would have at least allowed for a proper recovery unlike this horrible recession that apparently ended in 2009.

    You have a point about healthcare. Fewer people would be covered. But then other people wouldn't be paying for their bills either. So... it all boils down to how socialist you are if you think that's good or not.

    It's not blind anger without using logic or reasoning. It's actually the use of those tools alongside a knowledge of the economy that makes people angry because they know that the person in the White House is doing a subpar job and it's affecting their quality of life directly.

    May 17, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Cedar Rapids

    "Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE
    Spockish – "Republican economic policy between 2001 and 2009 created 50 straight months of record economic growth." is a BALD-FACED LIE.
    As I said, "here come the lies". Actually, it was much better than this but I held back."

    Actually I think he was right to call it a lie, as the record for economic growth was 116 months reached under Clinton.

    May 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. The King

    Actually, Rove has been playing the role of Joseph Goebells for the republicans. All it cost them was every shread of dignity, integrity, and their soul. Thats all.
    The GOP is at a crossroads (pardon the pun). They can beat the drums of lies, fanning the flames of fear and hatred while swirling into irrelevance, or they can purge these born of privilege, angry punks like rove, and take their party back. Either way, the good guys win.

    May 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Gimmeabreak!

    "Democrats are good for two things and two things ONLY. Planting economic time bombs and blaming others."

    AMEN to that, AMEN!

    May 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Paying Attention

    Broken campaign promises?? Really Karl? Which group of tantrum throwing children in congress wanted to play chicken with the debt ceiling?

    Is President Obama a dictator? Oh, that's right, he's a dictator when it is convenient for you to label him as such. Otherwise, he has had to deal with a congress that wants to see him fail. Do they understand that causing the president to fail means millions of Americans will be harmed? It's good to know they are ok with that.

    Keep throwing your anonymous donors' $$ away on advertising– it'll just help the economy. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney is way too out of touch to lead this nation. He pals around with millionaires and isn't concerned about the little people. Romney is for policies that enrich his friends and strip the poor of their dignity. All they want is to be rich enough to control everyone and everything.

    May 17, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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