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

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. Mike

    Where was this ad 4 years ago? Bush spent this country into this recession and thses same people were mute. Shameless hipocrites, all of them.

    July 31, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Expat American

    Crossroads propaganda should be taken at face value…that is equivalent to what comes out of the hindquarters of Romney’s Ballet Horse.

    July 31, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. obama victim

    truth hurts................C ya Barry

    July 31, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. GL

    It is not working. If these attacks were working, Mitt would be leading now and he is not.

    July 31, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. PaulCat

    Okay republicans, then pass the jobs bill. You can't have it both ways. We want to work.

    July 31, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. dreucalypt

    Crossroads GPS, the best lies money can buy!

    July 31, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. once upon a horse

    you know President Obama had a chance to go after Karl Rove and Cheney et al when he took office but chose not to at the chagrin of many on the left. Obama want to look forward and not behind. Bush let Rove walk...and so of course off the hook Rove goes back to being, well KARL ROVE. Any second thoughts there Mr. President?

    July 31, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Maybe if the Congress would do something besides point fingers, the economy would be more robust. Most of the time, a sitting Congress will pass around 800 – 900 bills during a two year term. Truman's "do nothing Congress" passes a lowly 500 bills. Our current Congress, which is now in full re-election campaign mode, has passed a grand total of 110.

    July 31, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Ozzie

    I thought the House controlled the purse strings.... Isn't the House Republican?

    July 31, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Thomas

    Where was Karl Rove and this ad eight or four years ago ?

    Romney / GW Bush
    Insanity is making the same mistake over and over again 2012

    July 31, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Lowest spending increases per annum in the past 40 or so years. Spending increased under Obama by 1.3% average per year. Dubya and Reagan increased it by an average of 8%+ per year. GHWB increased it by 4%+ per year. Clinton by slightly over 3%. The historical record shows, without any space for argument, that the GOP are the big spenders and that the Dem presidents were the ones to make real efforts to control spending. This isn't arguable unless you smoked PCP for breakfast and are willing to argue that math needs to be changed in order to redefine the relative values of all the numbers. Until then: 8 is greater than 4 is greater than 3 is greater than 1.3. Obama holds the lead. Crossroads is lying.

    July 31, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "Where was this ad 4 years ago?"


    July 31, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. The Other Dale

    "Stop spending," whined the GOP, "... except for this ... ooooh, and that ... and we've got to have this thing for our rich friends ... and that ... and that ... and, ooooh, that's pretty, let's get that ... and ...."

    July 31, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    Karl Rove is no position to talk about wreckless spending. I recall Darth Cheney stating that "deficits don't matter." Oh how convenient for republicans to have amnesia all of a sudden.

    July 31, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Lisa P

    I thought Congress has the power of the purse? And that Defense is our biggest and least economically productive spending area? So why isn't Crossroads running ads telling the House to put through a bill to cut military spending? Or to support small business? Or to eliminate wasteful tax cuts? Or to get rid of incentives to send jobs and capital overseas? Or to make health care less expensive, more efficient and more widely available? I don't get it - does Crossroads *want* America to fail? Why?

    July 31, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Wilson

    I thought the House controlled the purse strings.... Isn't the House Republican?
    They do, but everything goes from the house to the Senate, where Ried is not allowing anything with republican origins to even be voted on.

    July 31, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Bessy

    @ sniffit
    People like " Obama Victim " don't want to hear it. They deny the truth because all they believe is what Fox News and the like of Limbaugh spout out. They hate the man for who he is and they will never accept the truth. Most of these people, even though the majority of them never vote, want to see the country fail to prove a point to the people they spout out their lies to. Too bad ! I guess another generation will have to die off before people accept the truth that we all have to work together and stop being so greedy.

    July 31, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. robert jay

    Why doesn'tcrossraods blast the tea partiers, the republicans especially but boenehead boehner / mconnell, graham, and cantor in particular along with the head moron GW Bush! The economica mess is theirs – quit lying about it and belly up and then shut up!!!!

    July 31, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Dan

    Everyone knows the economy was recovering until Europe became a disaster.

    Romney and Republicans blaming the President for European politicians shows that they do not believe in the Bible.
    Thou shalt not lie.

    July 31, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Logic N LA

    Obama victim- question – victim of what? No job- thats the economy. Lack of opportunity based on government support? that's Congress.

    July 31, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Scott

    Well Obama how about it? Since you have screwed this country fron day one when you took over to now, maybe you should step down. Lord knows you have done nothing good for this country, except drive up the debt, create more goverment control, sell guns to drug cartels, give money to over sea companies, do I need to go on. Go back to being a community organizer and arrange some yard sales, thats all you are fit to do.

    July 31, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Roger

    Anything having to do with Karl Rove needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The master manipulator will lie, cheat, steal or worse to ensure President Obama's defeat. Sorry, Karl – you've overplayed your hand this time. I have great faith that the electorate as a whole see this shell game you, Romeny and all the rest are playing and won't be taken in by your outright falsehoods. See if you can get your act together for 2016 and find someone worthy and electable. Until then, go away!

    July 31, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Logic N LA

    Mike – Carl Rove WAS one of the people you speak of. But your quesiton has even more meaning when you consider that.

    July 31, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "does Crossroads *want* America to fail? Why?"

    Yes. So the rich can carve up the carcass. It's very simple: "you can have your jobs back as soon as you allow us to turn you into third-world labor."

    July 31, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    This ad is more propaganda and outrageous lies to distorts the facts and appease to an uneducated right wing base. More right wing garbage.

    July 31, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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