Crossroads blasts Obama over economy in new ad
July 31st, 2012
11:41 AM ET
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Crossroads blasts Obama over economy in new ad

(CNN) - Crossroads GPS, the private arm for the Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads, released a new television ad Tuesday blaming President Barack Obama for the still-lagging economy.

The ad opens with CBS News anchor Scott Pelley saying in a July newscast, "Good evening. This is the worst economic recovery America has ever had."

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The commercial , "News," then cites figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stating the country has had 41 straight months of an unemployment rate above 8%, with 23 million Americans without full time work.

The 23 million figure, used frequently by Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, includes those who are out of work, as well as about 8 million who are only working part time, according to the bureau.

At the end of the commercial, the narrator urges viewers to "tell (Obama) for real job growth, stop spending and cut the debt."

Crossroads GPS will air the ad, which comes as part of a recent $25 million ad buy, in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

The group's latest ad marks one of a serious of recent spots hitting the president over the economy. Crossroads GPS has spent tens of millions of dollars to run advocacy ads critical of the president and in support of GOP lawmakers and candidates in crucial Senate contests.

Obama's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this ad.

Responding to the ad, the Democratic National Committee said the commercial "ignores the president's record" and points to the 4.4 million private sector jobs created in the last 28 months, as well as a $2 trillion deficit-reduction plan signed into law.

"Mitt Romney wants to take us back to the same failed policies that caused the recession, exploded our deficits, and punished the middle class in the first place-massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and letting Wall Street write its own rules. Independent economists agree his plan would do nothing to create jobs now and could drive us back into recession," the statement read.

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Where Obama's budget ALSO received ZERO votes. In 4 years not one single Democrat has voted for the budget's that Obama has submitted. Another very dubious record for Obama, besides all of his economic failures.
    NONSENSE. The same can be said of Reagan. Reagan had 18 of those, [ I forget the term for them ], spending measures that funds the government for another few weeks/months to avoid a shutdown. He had around the same number of debt ceiling increases, too. 18 of them in 8 years. That is why no budgets have been passed. We have existed on temporary spending measures to keep things open and UNCERTAIN.

    July 31, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Oops. Sorry Fair. You sound like someone else.

    The Tea Party House has never voted on an Obama budget. They shelved it and voted on the Ryan Plan.

    July 31, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    repuks are DISGUSTING!

    July 31, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. American

    Tell Mitt Romney:
    STOP Hiding

    Where are his tax returns?

    July 31, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. anagram_kid

    Jon, the typical right wing poster insisting that trickle-down/voodoo economics works while complaining about high unemployment. I know that these posts are anonymous, but the net effect is that the people on the right come off as uniformed and illogical. I imagine that after today’s smack down Jon will be back tomorrow with a new screen name… in all caps of course.

    July 31, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Jayson

    indie52 you are another fine example of the time of morons who should not be allowed to vote due to your inability to place blame on the appropriate person responsible. You can't blame Bush for Obama signing things that continued wars you disapprove of, nor can you blame the Republicans for what happened between 2008-10 when the Democrats controlled the house and senate.

    July 31, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |

    @98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT – Where Obama's budget ALSO received ZERO votes. In 4 years not one single Democrat has voted for the budget's that Obama has submitted
    Yawn.... FACTS pls... NOT your usual rabid spoutrage and spin !!
    FACT – The budget got zero votes because it was riddled with the typical Grand Obstructionist Party anti-abortion and increased Defense spending riders, which the Dems will NOT pass.

    July 31, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. American

    Thrown Out claims...
    "Romney pays many millions in taxes each year."

    How would you know? Romney has not released his tax returns 'each year' as his own father did.

    July 31, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is Karl Rove's aka Crossroads aka Bro last chance to attempt to blast President Obama because they know Former President Bill Clinton is going to wipe the floor with them with the real facts and not a bunch of lies. I can't wait, so they better take their best shots now because the FACT MASTER(Bill Clinton) is coming to town and it ain't going to be too pretty for them.

    July 31, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Martha in CF

    Don't these people investigate and get accurate info before running these ads. The Bush tax cuts are what put the US in such a mess. The rich are keeping their money. They are NOT creating jobs. Wake up America-the Redumblicans get voted in and the middle class is done- the poor will be finished.!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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