Crossroads quick to announce spot attacking president on economy
July 6th, 2012
11:24 AM ET
10 years ago

Crossroads quick to announce spot attacking president on economy

Washington (CNN) - An independent group co-founded by Karl Rove says it's going up with a new TV commercial that highlights what it claims are President Barack Obama's excuses for the bad economy.

Crossroads GPS said Friday that the spot is the first wave of a $25 million ad buy starting July 10 and running through early August. The group says the ad will air on network TV in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, all important swing states that both Democrats and Republicans will heavily contest in presidential election.

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Crossroads GPS put out an email release touting the ad about an hour after the release by the Labor Department of a disappointing June jobs report.

"America's jobless rate is still too high. Barack Obama's got lot of excuses for the bad economy," says the narrator in the spot.

The ad then includes clips that include the president saying "headwinds coming from Europe," and "we've had a string of bad luck."

"But Obama never blames Washington's wild spending and skyrocketing debt. Tell Obama, for real job growth, cut the debt. Support the New Majority Agenda at New Majority Agenda dot Org," says the narrator at the end of the spot.

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization to American Crossroads, the independent super PAC that backs GOP causes and candidates. Crossroads GPS has spent tens of millions of dollars to run advocacy ads in the race for the White House that are critical of the president and in support of GOP lawmakers and candidates in crucial Senate contests.

The new spot also includes a clip of Obama saying "we've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades." The ad uses the clip as what they say is another excuse the president is making for the state of economy.

The president made the comment last November in response to a question about how foreign investors viewed the United States. When listening to the rest of his remarks, Obama seemed to be describing U.S. business practices as "lazy," rather than American workers or voters. The comments appeared to be taken out of context when they were used in a TV ad for Texas Gov. Rick Perry's failed campaigns for the GOP nomination.

Filed under: Crossroads GPS • Jobs • President Obama
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. yogi

    @ Toby. Time for a little anger management? Why is it that so many Republicans seem to be overdosed with anger, is it may be to cover their lack of intelligence? Or do they realize that deep down they are on the wrong side of most issues?

    July 6, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. bks

    Rove is out of power and thinks that he can change the outcome of election in November. He never did any thing good for the country when Bush was president. Actually he divided the country into 51% and 49% so that Bush can win the presidency. Rove should be better off if he keeps his opinion to himself. I wonder who are the people contribution to his super pack.

    July 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Karl Rove is #1 enemy for our economy

    July 6, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. citizen9

    Thank goodness I live in a state where I am not subjected to this abuse of political spending.

    July 6, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Investment Advisor

    "Betting on America" nice slogan Mr. President But...........Doubling Down is one of the riskiest tactics in gambling , especially when your track record has been so shakey. I love this country too much to allow myself to bet on you. You promised a one term proposition if this economy was not fixed in 4 years. Which is it , be a man of your word or be a politician? Simple , straight forward question rhetoric, no spinning.......honestly?

    July 6, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. 2020

    Karl Rove is the same man in Bush white house during which 8 years created fewer jobs than Obama did it in 28 months.

    Karl Rove/ Crossroad HAS NO MORAL GROUND to attack Obama job creation.

    If Bush can deliver as many jobs as Obama does, Karl Rove will be dancing in his birthday suit.

    Get loss, Karl Rove

    July 6, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. geraldo

    thank you president obama for promising unemployment would never get over 8 percent if we passed your wasteful stimulus

    July 6, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Bushy Walrus

    Carl Rove is the junkyard dog of the GOP. The GOP is really just a fringe party anymore. Rich people and tea baggers and religious nutbags is really all they represent.

    July 6, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Phil in KC

    Where does their backing come from? Follow the money. Then examine their motives.

    July 6, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    Ruby NYC; Karl Rove did -– Bush did -– ect.
    What has this group done in the 3 1/2 years in office? We have about beat the Bush and Rove excuse to death. How about something POSITIVE that Obama has done. Not excuses, not talking points, not smoke and mirrors, not pipe dreams but results.
    Can you think of one real accomplishment? Me neither.

    July 6, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. ponderer

    Support the new majority it, coddle it, hug it !

    What is it ?

    Well, we have no clue except that it begins with "hell no" and ends with a cry baby speaker.

    Good luck at Mitt prepares to get eaten alive at the debates !

    July 6, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Bushy Walrus

    Just look at the GOP goof balls: Larry "wide stance" Craig, Anne Coulter, Micheal Bachmann, Glen Beck, Rush "occycontin" Limbaugh, Carl Rove, John Boehner, George W. Shrub, Sarah Palin........are you getting a clear picture here? Bat sht crazy people trying to run and ruin our country for their own personal gain.

    July 6, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. OPEN400

    This unlimited campaign money is just plain bad politics. I can not understand the Supreme Court saying a corporation's right to freedom of speech is no different than a private individual. The big news form the court last week was concerning Obamacare, but the court also struck down a Montana state law that had strict campaign finance regulations. Nixon's famous "slush fund" is dwarfed by what can now be spent legally today. Foreign money will now flood into elections. Everybody knows Romney is just trying to buy the presidency. If Romney did not have the money behind him, he would have been gone a long time ago.

    July 6, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Rove is a conservative genius and will lead the GOP to victory against Muslim Obama.

    July 6, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. cedar rapids

    They are using that 'lazy' quote out of context to mislead again huh? I'm shocked, shocked I tells ya.

    July 6, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. snowdogg

    Karl Rove... one of the AXIS of EVIL... along with George Bush2 and Dick Cheney.

    July 6, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Linda

    Karl Rove is the same that sold us excuses for Bushy and his little comrades. Does anyone believe this big ball of mass? BTW....never voting Republican until they stop hating everyone but rich, upper class males. They have tried to bring laws against every citizen of this country, unless you're a white wealthy male, so fark them.

    July 6, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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