Campaigns pull ads after shooting
July 20th, 2012
10:57 AM ET
11 years ago

Campaigns pull ads after shooting

(CNN) – The campaigns for the two presidential candidates said Friday they were asking television stations to discontinue airing some political advertisements following a deadly shooting in Colorado.

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's campaign will pull all television ads in Colorado, the candidate's spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

President Barack Obama's traveling campaign press secretary Jen Psaki initially told reporters aboard Air Force One the president's campaign would pull "contrast advertising."

A campaign official later said the Obama campaign, like Romney's team, would pull all television ads in Colorado.

The campaign explained they, like Romney's team, would pull ads only in Colorado.

An advertisement slamming Romney for reports of offshore accounts is currently in heavy rotation from Obama's campaign.

On Friday Romney's campaign released an ad hitting Obama for remarks he made regarding small business last week in Virginia.

American Crossroads, a conservative super PAC, also said Friday it would suspend airing ads in Colorado. The group announced Thursday it was spending more than $15 million to air an ad criticizing Obama's economic record and deflecting attacks on Romney's record as a businessman.

Its Democratic-leaning counterpart, Priorities USA, said in a tweet that it would suspend its ad buy in Colorado as well.

Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There's a lot to be said for freedom of speech, but there is even more to be said for shouldering the responsibility of said freedom.
    I'm into giving as good if not better than I get, but if this is the result of fighting fire with fire then it needs to stop. On BOTH sides. BOTH SIDES SIMULTANEOUSLY.

    July 20, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It would be nice to not have any of Mittens negative ads being aired in Florida as well.

    July 20, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    would not surprise me one bit if Romney were to run an ad blaming Obama for this. You know the right wing claims he wants to take everyone's AKA rifles so since the Fast and Furious plot to do so failed this was his NEXT plan. Sorry but that is how some conspiracy theory right wingers think.

    July 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Purple Candy

    Good, let Colorado heal some first! It is just sad this mentally man committed such a heinous act!

    July 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. B

    The question is why did this tragedy happen? The families are in my prayers.

    July 20, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Sam

    What, you think all of the negative campaigning could be driving us crazy? Our Sick and Dysfunctional Political System is the root of all evil!

    July 20, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. demwit

    So much for the Mitt is Bane campaign slogan..

    July 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. nick

    true, what will/would both do to help prevent violent gun crimes? Near impossible to stop any crime, but preventative measures always exist. GOD BLESS THE FALLEN/INJURED AND THEIR FAMILY

    July 20, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. K3Citizen

    Why pull them now? Maybe the flood of ads made this guy go postal in the first place.

    July 20, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    By the time Mittens releases his splice and edit team on our president's remarks, right wingnuts will think Obama did it.

    July 20, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. betterdays

    Nice to see some responsible politicking. But it's only a temporary respite. And only if you live where people go bonkers and start slaughtering en masse. For the rest of us, where folks generally get popped one or two at a time, it's continued negativity as usual.

    July 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. J

    Maybe all the conspirarcy theories, dog whistles, and negative ads pushed him over the edge. My prayers go out to the families.

    July 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Ted van Tol


    "The question is why did this tragedy happen? The families are in my prayers".


    July 20, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Babyboomer

    I hope they pull all the extreme stuff down and leave it that way. I'm sick of them and I'd be willing to bet so are 99.999% of the rest of the folks in the U.S. My heart goes out to the people of Aurora, CO.

    July 20, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Ohioan

    It's sad that it takes a tragedy for them to remove the negative ads.

    July 20, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Terrible tragedy and a reminder of the fact GUNS KILL but life goes on and we still need to reelect President Obama and keep the anti-Americans (Mr. and Mrs. tag team) out of the White House.

    July 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Finally

    Good job to both candidates! Finally, some maturity on both sides.

    July 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. ROBIN

    I am glad to see they are pulling their adds for now. I just can't understand why they need to raise so much money for campaining. Get on the tv and tell us what you stand for and stop the negative adds! I always dread watching tv at campain time because everything is so negative.

    July 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. gwats

    Well, as someone who lives in Colorado, you could pull all the ads. they don't influence me and I know who I'm voting for.

    July 20, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. SHADES

    especially after Obama called for civility after the Oklahoma shootings and then went right back to negativity, childish ads from our President is embarrasing

    July 20, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. gwats

    I've lived in Aurora, CO for decades now. I never thought I'd see this level of violence in our City, much less from someone so young and well educated, with his future ahead of him.

    July 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Bill

    Amazing how quickly we can come toether during a moment of great tragedy and hardship; if only our political leaders would view our most pressing concerns through the same lense!

    July 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Just a thought

    @Shades, two things ... It was Arizona where the President called for civility and you are also mistaken about the negativity and/or childish ads. HE WASN'T CAMPAIGNING for office. What idiot would pay for ads during the middle of their term.

    You uninformed haters of President Obama need to get your facts straight. Between the lies of the GOP/Tea-tards and their vapid innane supporters, this country is truly an embarassment to anyone with any semblance of intellect.

    July 20, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    @ Ted van Tol –

    You know something, Teddy? I'm an American who's sick and tired of reading your idiotic comments disparaging our country... you know, our country without whom all the Dutch would be speaking German? Mind your own business in that cesspool of western Europe where you live, OK?

    July 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. HeartBroken

    Pray for The United States of America we are in a crisis.
    The signs are all around each of us.

    July 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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