New Obama ad calls for Congressional jobs action
June 7th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
11 years ago

New Obama ad calls for Congressional jobs action

(CNN) - The first national cable advertising buy of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, released on Thursday, calls on Congress to pass a package of economic measures advanced by the White House - and asks supporters to call on Congress, too.

The spot, called "Jobs," features clips from Obama's June 1 speech in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where he pointed to signs that the economy is growing, but not growing fast enough.

It is the campaign's second new television advertisement this week. On Monday, it announced a spot critical of Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, which a Republican ad buying source said on Wednesday would amount to a $12 million buy.

Growth would be faster, the ad argues, were Congress to pass Obama's American Jobs Act, which involves "ideas to cut taxes to help small businesses hire and grow, rebuild American infrastructure, create pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs, and cut taxes for every American worker and their families," the campaign said in a statement accompanying the ad.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement regarding the ad that "President Obama has had three and a half years to keep his campaign promise to grow the economy and create jobs. Now, with record-level unemployment and job creation that even the president calls inadequate, it is clear his policies haven't worked."

Obama has been stumping for the act in recent addresses, and a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign said after the May unveiling of his congressional "to-do list" that "President Obama should follow through on his own 'to-do' list" before he tells Congress how to act."

The ad will air in several battleground states - including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia - as well as on national cable, the campaign said, calling it a significant buy which will air for a while.

Earlier this year, the Obama campaign announced a $25 million buy on positive ads, and has unveiled a series of Spanish-language spots.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

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    This is a do nothing Congress and by far the worst Congress ever! There is more debate about womens health issues rather jobs. That's not what they were elected for and that's not what they ran on. WHERE ARE THE JOBS BOEHNER???

    June 7, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Cody

    "President Obama should follow through on his own 'to-do' list" before he tells Congress how to act."

    The President can only implement laws that CONGRESS passed!

    If Congress does nothing, the President can do nothing!

    Someone needs to get this "Romney spokeswoman" into a basic civics class.

    June 7, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. cali girl

    Pretty please with sugar on top, we need construction so we can get laborers (electricians, plumbers, welders, dry wallers, flooring and such) back to work. Also we need roads and highways perked up.

    June 7, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    What a surprise... Obama blaming others and accepting none of the responsibility. Gee, haven't seen that much over the last 4 years huh?!

    And what is he blaming Congress for? Not doing the same thing Obama did the last 3 years THAT HAS NOT WORKED. Yes, that is Obama's economic plan for the next four years. DOUBLE DOWN ON FAILURE. I think the American people have seen and heard enough of the Obama circus act. It's time to get somebody that knows what the heck he is doing in the Whitehouse. Obama has proven he is not up to the task of leading this country. Obama has proven over and over he is simply NOT a leader at all. To call him an empty suit is an insult to suits.

    June 7, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. RealityBites

    Obama's 2012 budget votes
    Senate 99 no – 0 yes
    House 435 no – 0 yes

    June 7, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. rightytighty

    Hope and Change then,
    Blame and Shame now..

    June 7, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Wake up people

    Good for you President Obama, apparently some people didn't even make it to the 5th grade and don't realize we need congress to work in conjunction with the President. And this congress that really should be brought up on charges of treason have done everything possible to make you fail. Republicans love to crow about dems hating America, I think we have found out who really hates America and Americans. The GOP/baggers. Finally the truth!

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 7, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. rs

    Jobs action? I'd settle for any action. The utter obstruction by the GOP of anything in the Senate is repulsive. The crazy ubber social engineering in the GOP-lead House has me thinkingithat we simply need to bring the GOP up on charges for actively working against the better interests of the citizens of the U.S. They are worse than useless, they are counter productive.

    June 7, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    OK, how about this compromise? The House will take this up immediately AFTER the Democrat controlled Senate take up and votes on the 30-40 bills the House has passed and sent to the Senate, and which Harry Reid has deep sixed.

    The Do-Nothing Democrat controlled Senate is the real problem. But that will be fixed as well this November when the Democrats get tossed like they were in 2010. The Americnaq people have been paying attention and know where the problem lies.

    June 7, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. cali girl

    Wait, who is the group that has approal ratings in the 20%'s. a hint: It isn't the President.

    June 7, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    Obama's "jobs" plan is just a warmed-over stimulus bill. It didn't work the first time and only put the nation much deeper in debt. Why would he even suggest repeating it? Because he is out of ideas.

    Romney 2012 and as many Republican Senators as we can get seated!

    June 7, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    I was wrong, Team Robme does have a spokesperson more lame than Andrea what's her face.

    But this chick does explain one thing, "GOP homeschooling" does not touch on the 3 SEPARATE branches of the government in "Amercia"!

    June 7, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. CanadaONE

    In May GOP companies laid off more people than any other party in the WORLD

    June 7, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Enough is Enough

    Gee the first stimulus worked so well lets go further into debt for more.

    June 7, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Investment Advisor

    156 fundraisers already....When in the hell does he have time to do his job? Today he will be in Nevada fundraising and then preaching to students about low interest rates for student loans. Hey Dummy, both sides of the aisle want this also so get back to Wash. D.C. and get it done.....quit giving "lip" service to problems and get things done! The man is on a sinking ship and he and Axlerod know it. I do not hate the man, I dislike his "politics".

    June 7, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama needs to read the Riot Act to Harry Reed. One on one, down and dirty. The house did do something They Repealed Obama Care and a slew of opressive regulations on smakll business. The people are going to read the Riot Act to Obama in November. Who was it, a Liberal Writer who wrote a book, says Obama is in over his head. Humm????

    June 7, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. King

    There are evidence that the repubs plotted Andrew conspired today tank this country, there should be a investigation for treason immediately open.

    June 7, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. paulcat

    Just yesterday the GOP leader in congress send a letter to Obama to lead. Now he's doing just that. So now what?

    June 7, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    "Obama's jobs plan is just a warmed over stimulus bill
    And the Republican "plan" is the "Bush plan – just updated", says Alexlandra Franceschi, RNC Spokeswoman.
    So, GW came into office with a $236B surplus and left us with a $1.3T deficit, and they want to do it all
    over again? Exactly what does "updated" mean? Puppet Romney doesn't know, they haven't told him yet.

    June 7, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Isn't it obvious to EVERYBODY that the reason the country isn't recovering like it should is because Obama just didn't pass a big enough stimulus bill??? Instead of borrowing $800 BILLION from China and wasting it, we SHOULD have borrowed $5 TRILLION and wasted it on propping up bankrupt and poorly run states like California, tearing down and rebuilding every bridge in the country, repaving every road, building tens of thousands of empty buildings for imaginy future green business and green energy government agencies, expanded food stamps to ALL Americans, and extended unemployment benefits to 8 years.

    THAT is the Obama agenda for the next four years. Doubling down on proven failed policies. End the insanity, end the Obama presidency before it is too late.

    June 7, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. anagram_kid

    Enough is Enough wrote –
    Gee the first stimulus worked so well lets go further into debt for more.
    Economists agree that the only problem with the first stimulus is that it was too small. Please turn off Fox News and get informed.

    June 7, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Southeast

    One term prez that's all they have been saying from day 1. These clowns are the terrorist. We have a very smart prez, they want him out but wait and see everything he tried they said no. But now they have a blueprint on what to do either way the prez win

    June 7, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Patriot Awesome

    What policies are you Republicans complaining about? Obama can never get anything through this congress. You should be complaining about congresses's policies.

    June 7, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Darrell

    Four and The Door....Funny you say that. Officially the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession, brought to us by the Republicans, in 2009. In fact, we have be in growth stage ever since. And, yes the Stimulus worked.

    Since you believe it did not work, I can only guess that you also believe in the tooth fairy.

    June 7, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    Four and the door
    I do not know where you get your facts from because they are mostly wrong.
    " obama jobs plan (= the american Jobs act) is just a warmed over stimulus bill.
    It did not work the first time and only put the nation deeper in debt.
    The first and clear point per the independent CBO analysis of the Obama American jobs act is that it would have created 1m to 1,6m jobs, was budget neutral therefore not deficit increasing and would have increased national GDP. So yes it was stimulus but PAID for in full... you may ( for sure??!) not like how it was paid for but thats a separate issue.
    By the way your Republican friends are now friggin around with the Budget act agreement to spend more money on defense and not even paying for it in full. You make an agreement and in less than six months renege on it.
    Before you reply with Fox news or Rush rhetoric, do yourself a favor, and check your facts first independently.
    I think you might just get a shock or surprise or two, or three at least.

    June 7, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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