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. mat

    Hey Chuck, Obama spent millions upon millions to get the job only to complain that it is too hard. Isnt that what you meant to say? Cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

    May 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    This country needs more great men like Karl Rove

    May 17, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. mat

    FLindependant (akafldemocrat) 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?

    May 17, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. mat

    FLindependant is no independant. Why do dems lie about who they are? Are they ashamed or do they just want to put their shame upon the backs of others? Probably both. Even dems are turning against this pres. Hes toast.

    May 17, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Rick in L.A.

    Chuck said it all; Obama is doing the best he can with the POS Bush left behind. He tries hard, and the ecomony will get better when it's ready and the middle class gets a better break. Rove is unbelievably pathetic.

    May 17, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. ted

    Karl Rove needs to find employment he can handle, like handing out balloons at WalMart. He can put his hot air in the balloons. That guy is such a moron. The GOP gene pool is very shallow.

    May 17, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Bill

    hahahah – Rove, you and the GOP can tout your filibuster efforts all you want, but Amrecia is going to dig itself out of this hole the GOP dug is in without your help!

    May 17, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. curious

    Would someone tell Karl Rove that it is not good to fool people.

    May 17, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Mike Botwin

    Karl Rove – the man who gave us eight years of Bush Junior – is going to give us eight years of Wall Street Mitt?
    What a field day for billionaires.

    May 17, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. md22mdrx

    How do republicans keep on eating up the BS coming from the likes of Rove, Drudge, FOX, etc? The lies get more and more obvious every day ...

    May 17, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Orwell Sees it

    Carl Rove is a product of the Richerd Nixon White House.

    Of course Rove is B.S.

    Follow the money, and you will understand the pure corruption of the Republican Party.

    The evangelical fig leaf it has evolved says lot about the long ongoing corruption of politics and religion.

    May 17, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Jess Sayin

    Rove has transformed American politics from a relatively honest endeavor to a cesspool of lies, misinformation, blatent propaganda, personal attacks, and rabble rousing. He is an enemy of the American way of life. Every political ad that distorts reality and has some feel good name comes from this POS. They cannot run on their issues because they work against Americans, so they spend their obscene amounts of money on lies. It saddens me that some so-called Americans trust the truthiness of Rove's messages rather than check facts for themselves. The dumbing of our nation!.

    May 17, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Retired Army

    Well, well......Rove spouting BS???

    I'm sooooooooo surprised!

    May 17, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Dave

    It's no surprise Romney's surrogates are spouting lies. That's all the Republican party's based on. Faith-based and fact-free, from their religion to their politics. It's embarrassing to watch them.

    May 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. john

    I fear that facts will not get in the way of those who feel that a black progressive is not American enough for them. Carl Rove is and always has been a low life who will do ANYTHING to remain in a posotion of influence. He and Grover and Ralph and the rest of these guys who have no real claim to fame are drawn like flies to the flame of the right wing who, when they are not in the majority, would prefer to see the nation struggling than to admit that they just are not in touch with the intent of the Constitution. Winning at any cost is so sad...

    May 17, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Cheryl Jefferies

    What they don't like is that Rove tells the truth. Obama and his henchmen are so good at lying...it's really a sight to behold. The biggest problem is that their lies are so lovely-sounding and so plausible. Obama even lies to himself...that's almost worse than lying to us. By the way, CNN: when are you going to report that the SENATE (Dem-controlled) voted against OBAMA'S budget yesterday...99-0. How's them apples, baby?! The House had already rejected it unanimously weeks ago. Now, the Senate has. Hmmm...might it not be such a good budget?! Really?! Imagine that!

    May 17, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @chuck – best explanation I've heard on the issue to date. Takes all the haters and discards anything they have to say. It's amazing how a few FACTS can fly in the of propaganda.

    May 17, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Lionel

    Way to go Dems. Need to fight fire with fire. We are sick of Karl Rove's politics.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 17, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Independant Texan

    He`s only relevant to Faux News followers--- all " free thinkers" know him for what he is; a radical, self-absorbed idiot, spouting BS.

    May 17, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Thomas

    It's not exactly startling to see that Karl Rove has denied he was aware his own father was gay, even as he guided the GOP into anti-gay wedge politics in the last decade (the Christianists, he coolly calculated, had potentially way more votes for the GOP than gays and their families). But it is important to note that it is untrue that he had no idea his dad was gay or that he was unaware it was the reason for his parents' divorce.

    Mitt Romney / Carl Rove
    Daddy Issues 2012
    Psychopathic CEO / Hypocritical political Adviser

    May 17, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    @The Real BS is OBAMA – 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.
    Of course it's blind anger...did you read chuck's post above ?? People are angry because the flaws in our economic process have been exposed and sycophants from BOTH sides are blaming the other. That blame comes without basis in FACT and is mostly based on conjecture, opinion and regurgitated propaganda. Now that we have a TRUE picture of the state of the economy (chuck said right) it doesn't matter who's steering the ship... we are in a hole so deep that it will take as long again to recover. Going back to the Congressional policies that (over time) produced the mess we're in wioll not solve the very real issues.
    Lower taxes, and deficit spending does NOT EQUAL prosperity. Balanced budgets, cost cutting and REALISTIC bi-partisanship in Congress to compromise on ideological differences is what is needed. Stability is key.... business will invest in the future when they know that we have people in Congress DOING THE JOB WE ELECTED THEM ("AND PAY THEM HANDSOMELY") TO DO !! To that end, the POTUS is irrelevant.

    May 17, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. PraiseTheLard

    How dare she criticize the genius behind George W's successful campaigns?

    May 17, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Follow the Money

    Obama raised and spent more money in the 2008 election than did his democratic primary rivals or McCain in the general election. He has also raised and presumably will spend, more than the Republicans in this general election. He opposed super-pacs, said he would never use them, yet now has super-pacs fighting his battles. Apparently his thinking evolved on that issues just like gay marriage, gitmo, the health care mandate...

    All politicians raise money, pander and hand out favors to friends. The question remains, as in every election – are you better off now than four years ago? My answer is no, and I suspect many others whose economic situation continues to flounder will say the same. Romney in 2012.

    May 17, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Kansas Cowboy

    Karl Rove lied? How is this news? No 'man bites dog' here.

    May 17, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Jeff

    The BS is to be expected from Rove, a name despicable to honest Americans. A name that gave us Iraq, Afghanistan, TRILLIONS in debt and an extra bonus - a Depression!! Now he wants to take us back to the debacle he created. NO!

    What I am surprised at is the posts here. I am proud of all those who see through Rove. If only we had the courage to prosecute those who destroyed our country and terribly mislead so many Americans...

    May 17, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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