Obama faces RNC criticism in new Olympic ad buy
July 27th, 2012
12:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama faces RNC criticism in new Olympic ad buy

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee will air a new, hard hitting television commercial during Olympic programming that criticizes President Barack Obama for pushing through an economic stimulus plan that has failed to right the troubled economy.

Republican sources said the ad will also run on national cable television and in the key battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. The sources would not reveal how much money is behind the ad, but it will be paid for through the committee’s independent expenditure (IE) arm. This is the second commercial that the RNC’s IE has aired. Two weeks ago, the RNC IE ran its first TV commercial attacking Obama for failing to live up to his campaign promises to fix the economy and create more jobs. So far, $11 million was spent on that ad buy, according to the GOP sources.

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The RNC will announce the new ad campaign Friday.

At the same time the RNC IE is running the new ad, the RNC is using some of the $21.6 million it has in its coordinated campaign account to help pay to air this ad from Mitt Romney’s campaign, according to the sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The RNC is demonstrating it will be a major player in this election, after being dismissed the past few years by deep pocketed donors, grassroots activists and elected officials for mismanaging money and the GOP message. Since new RNC Chairman Reince Priebus took over in January 2011 and put in place a new staff, the committee has erased more than half of the $21 million-plus it had accumulated in debt. As of the June 2012 Federal Election Commission filing, the RNC had $89.4 million in the bank and $9.8 million in debt.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. JustAO

    Ever notice none of the RNC ads have any ideas or solutions to promote. All they wanna do is bad mouth how Obama policies have not worked without comparing it to anything. We already know what you are against. What the freak are you guys promoting we do about economy then? Tax breaks for the wealthy and powerful? Is that your plan?

    July 27, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    From Draft Dodging to War Mongering Mitt Romney is George W. Bush "IRAN"

    July 27, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Richard T.

    Somehow the GOP never mentions how much stimulus was in the form of tax cuts. So, did tax cut fail?

    July 27, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "democrats knew it was nothing but a payoff to their union supporters when they passsed it. "

    Actually, I'm pretty sure they knew that the vast majority of it was tax cuts, tax deductions and tax incentives. Seems it's only uninformed or intentionally misleading people like yourself have trouble talking about what was really in it.

    July 27, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Tax breaks for the wealthy and powerful? Is that [the GOP's] plan?"


    July 27, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote:

    You need to get news from other places than CNN and MSNBC, then you will read about Romney's proposals.
    We have read all about his proposals. The problem is that he has yet to explain how he plans to pay for them. His tax plan will cost $5 trillion over the next decade. That is $500 billion per year of new deficit spending above and beyond where we are at now. Plus. Plus. He's also promised to cut and balance the annual budget, which means he needs to cut an additional trillion annual dollars. Plus, he's announced plans to increase defense spending. How does he plan to pay for all of that? He's made no specific proposals to cut nearly $2 trillion from annual spending.

    July 27, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Karm99

    Mitt Romney:

    Can't talk about his years at Bain Capitol
    Can't talk about being Governor of Mass.
    Can't talk about healthcare
    Can't talk about being Mormon
    Can't talk about his tax returns
    Can't talk about his wife's horse being in Olympics
    Can't talk about foreign policy.

    Gee I wonder what is in those Obama attack ads..........

    July 27, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    The so called RNC leadership need to be more concerned with the monumental failures of the their Candidate.

    July 27, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. California

    I honestly laugh hard at the stupidity of this administration.

    July 27, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    I do believe the banks and Detroit are still in business because of the so called failed stimulus and oh by the way I am a first time home buyer because of President Obama. It is Congressional Republicans that have failed this country.

    July 27, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Lee927

    To put Romney in the White House would be disasterous for our country. He has no vision, he flip flops on every issue, not to mention a huge lack of transparency when it comes to his wealth. He cares less for the middle class and those less fortunate. It's all about his rich friends and what he can do for them and to hell with the rest of us. This man pales......extremely pales......in comparison to President Obama.
    For those who say the President has done nothing for this country, I say look to the republican obstructionists who have done absolutely nothing in 3-l/2 years but say no to everything the President has proposed when it comes to getting our economy back on track.
    Citizens United, voter suppression, what's next in their book of dirty tricks?!

    July 27, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Richard T.

    I hope the DNC runs ads with all those GOP Govs and other politico posing with checks their state received from the Stimulus. Oh, I forgot it was photo ops for displaying how wonderful they are doing things that help. Hypocritical butt-heads one and all.

    July 27, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Dave

    To Karm99:

    Obama is the one that cannot talk about his record of deficits, debt and unemployment. That is why he is in the character assasination campaign mode. Ironically, in 2008 Obama argued opponents tend to do that when they are out of fresh ideas!!!

    July 27, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Dean

    The best thing to use against Obama is his pitiful record as president

    July 27, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Rob

    This sickens me. Not because of the RNC doing an ad but because they are going to air during the Olympics. This is a world event and shouldn't be used as a tool for either party. I would be just as irked if the DNC airs an ad in the same fashion.

    July 27, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Thomas

    I love Black and White Ads !

    It's like the RNC is proscribing me the same antidepressant in a different bottle with a new name " Mitoloft " !

    July 27, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    One thing is certain about a Romney administration. Mitt will definitely not be calling the shots. Who will be? Your guess is as good as mine. I guess that the Republican party will continue to be led by they guy who leads them now, Rush Limbaugh.

    July 27, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. dominican deadbeat for obama

    Our president is so wonderful. Now where's my check?

    July 27, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    Since the President was sworn in GM is building American cars and Bin Laden is dead, the US is gaining private sector jobs every quarter and not loosing 600,000 jobs a month, the DOW has pretty much doubled, healthcare reforms will help provide healthcare for 30 million Americans while brining down the deficit, and on, and on, and on.
    Yea, the repubs see this as a failure because Obama has beaten their efforts to destroy Obama at any and all costs – including our country.
    The US is moving away from the destructive and selfish policies of the GOP – we, the American people are winning again.

    July 27, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our president is so wonderful.
    Glad you agree!

    July 27, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Tom

    The GOP is in a serious pickle. The only policy presciption they have is tax cuts for the "job creators". As if everyone has forgotten the Bush administration...

    July 27, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. g

    the romney plan is so secret,so confidential even mitt don,t know what it is

    July 27, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. JayVMN

    I'm not sure if Romney can fix our problems or not, but I am convinced Obama can't.
    I decided I was voting for whoever was running against Obama long ago.
    I voted for MCCain just to try and block Obama even though I thought he was the worst GOP choice.
    Obama seems like a nice guy with a nice family, but how can anyone think he would be great at his job when he has 0 accomplishments or experience at anything?
    If you were hiring a person applying for his job and seen his resume would you hire him? No one in their right mind would...
    He was elected on total hype and aside of health care has not done anything he said he would including transparency and uniting us just to mention 2. I'll take Romney or Clinton or anyone over him...

    July 27, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney is taking Adelson to Israel with him because Romney can't talk about President Obama on foreign soil but Adelson can and when he does Romney must be held responsible.

    July 27, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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