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. Sniffit

    "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."

    Repeat after me: Not if I can help it.

    Obama 2012: My hope hasn't changed.

    July 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Stop spending cried the right wingnuts. Unless it is for unnecessary wars, defense, defense contractors, big oil, tax cuts for the wealthy, TARP, and unfunded drug programs. Bush added $4.6 trillion to our national debt, and our current president's budget reflects a $600 billion reduction from the last occupant of the white house.

    July 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. JohnReedjr

    The fact that the recovery is so slow is a testament to the damage done by republicans since 1980 to the economy. Tax policies that have allowed for the aggregation of wealth in a small % of the population has brought consumer spending to a standstill. When we revise the tax code to REDISTRIBUTE the wealth, the economy will improve. To try to lay the blame solely on Obama is juvenile, ignoring the effect Congress has had on our economy. But juvenile is a good word to describe republicans.

    July 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. California Gary

    Worst "recovery" ever? The key word here is recovery.......means we are headed in the right direction. Worst ever? Maybe that's because the GOP put us in the deepest hole ever........duh.

    July 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth deniers, holocaust deniers, moon landing deniers seem to flock around the Foreign media outlets.

    July 31, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    One might ask...REPUBLICANS...where have you been for these last four years??? What has been your contribution besides saying "NO" to everything the president has brought forth???... This is supposed to be a two party system and the repubs start with that old famous McConnell saying " the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term president""" and then they work their hardest at keeping that promise. If they had worked with him that hard things would be a lot better for all of us!!!!!!SORRY REPUBS BUT YOU CAN'T TALK YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. JohnReedjr

    Did you ever hear of the filibuster used continuously by the republicans?

    July 31, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Karl Rove is someone only right wingnuts could believe.

    July 31, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "Stop Spending"

    Okay, let's stop spending ridiculous amounts of money on Defense. We spend over $800 billion annually. On what you ask. We spend roughly 3 billion per week in Iraq and Afghanistan. So where does the other $650 billion go? It goes towards defending other countries free of charge. It goes towards maintaining the thousands and thousands of "military bases" that we have scattered around the world. If you count safe houses and such the total is in excess of 40,000 "bases" of operation.

    We spend more on defense than any other country in the world. Number two is China, which rings in at a mere $70 billion per year. You can add the top ten together and it totals up to a little more than half of what we spend. I think we can stop spending our money to defend other countries that are capable of paying and compensating us to do it for them.

    July 31, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Karl Rove running ads against his Boss policy

    July 31, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If I was a stupid right wingnut, I would blame Obama for the GOP screwing our country. But, like most Americans, I know better.

    July 31, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. King

    it's amazing how the repubs block this president initiatives and when he goes around them they call him dictator. they dont want the president do nothing with government, shooting government should get out the way and let free market do their greed thing like what the last president had them do to bring on the worst calamidy this country saw since the great depression.

    July 31, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Tree

    Who cares. We the People knows the REAL and it is NOT the over Rep. Our President has been called every name but the child of GOD, and still holding his head up high. Strong man, this is the knid of person we need in office not a want to be...........

    July 31, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. ghostriter

    Funny. I remember when the job line was that they said if the stimulus passed that unemployment wouldn't got above 8%. Now that it's down to 8.2%, they changed the line to unemployment over 8% for 41 months. Way to change the argument when it is no longer serviceable.

    And where is Crossroads commercial telling us how Romney's tax plan will add to the deficit they want cut so badly?

    July 31, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. LaPlut

    Of course that ad fails to state that jobs ARE being created each month under this Administration, though not at the pace we need it to be, but at least were not losing jobs like the last Administration did. The unemployment rate will not go down until all the corporate crooks bring back the 23 Trillion dollars they have saved up in the Kaymen Island banks.
    Their trickle down economics plan only enables them to place their profits under a different catagorie so they can pocket it instead of investing it. Let's quit dwindling on the 8% that aren't working and be please with the fact that 92% of us have jobs.

    July 31, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. patNY

    If you are going to lie in a political ad, why not really lie, like, "Please Mr. Obama, please stop eating all the first born sons in America!"

    July 31, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    FOUR YEARS after Obama took the reigns, the country remains mired in the OBAMA JOBLESS RECESSION. And all the country gets is yet more excuses, fingerpointing, blaming others, the same failed policies of borrowing more to hand out and waste, trying to manipulate the markets instead of letting them correct. Add to that fiasco, the constant class warfare, attacks on business, destruction of our healthcare system and you have OBAMA CHAOS. It is what you get when you hand the reigns of a country with a $15 trillion GDP and a $3.5 trillion government problem, to an inexperienced left wing community organizer that never ran anything in his life.

    The Democrat Party picke dthe worse time in our history to play this practical JOKE on the country. Obama needs to go in November if this country is to EVER get back on its feet. Four more years of this nightmare and we are toast.

    July 31, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Mitt Robme camp calculates the unemployment to be at 23 million by adding those who are employed part-time. Hey Mitt, you forgot to add students, children, the elderly and the deceased.

    July 31, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Larry L

    Crossroads helps the Republicans with their #1 political problem – how do you only represent the 1% while capturing votes from enough of the 99% to get elected? Their target population must be the gullible, bigoted, under-educated slice that can be motivated by lies, hot-button issues, subtle racism, and ridiculous conspiracies. These folks must be able to look at the Republican obstructionism with a completely blind eye, believing the nonsense from Fox News and ignoring the flip-flopping of Mitt Romney. They must ignore the fact that Romney has offered nothing of a vision, not explaining how he'll pay for tax cuts, medical care, or an enlarged defense budget. He plans to trash Social Security and Medicare by handing it over to Wall Street. He has no immigration plan, wants no regulations for the financial district and won't dare let Americans see his tax returns. Independents and moderates will see through him in a heartbeat but the Teavangelicals will take the bait.

    July 31, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. JohnW

    The beauty of the things coming from Crossroads is that us reasonable people can hear it and say "Is this true? Oh, it's coming from Karl Rove. Never mind."

    July 31, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. B.

    Everyone who has been paying attention understands that the Republicans have One goal, and that is to make this Presidency fail by zero support in Congress from them.

    Republicans have the highest number of Filibusters ever used to sabotage ever single piece of legislation the Democrats have attempted to pass.

    They are the worst in history by every measure! McConnell openly stated making Obama fail is their primary goal..

    It is cynical and outrageous.

    July 31, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Jon

    Who's fault is it that we are spending 3 billion per week in Afghanistan ... after 3.5 years ... it is Obama's. It is time to stop blaming Bush for a war that Obama has continued. It is time for Obama to "man up" and take responsibility. In addition ... WHen the USA is bleed from over spending ... why haven't we cut any foriegn spending? Why does American tax dollars need to be spent on countries that are not friendly.

    July 31, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Jon

    JohnW ... just because Crossroads and Karl Rove placed the ad .... it does not make it not true. I know it is easier to attack the messenger rather than the message ... But truth is truth ... and Obama and team have no response so they attack the messenger.

    July 31, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. ryche

    i laugh at the people here who say " where were you 4 years ago"... Basically that sentence tells me that obama is spending as much as bush did.. you didnt like it when bush did it, but its ok now that its your guy.... what an odd arguement... you are either against over spending or you are for it.. you cant be both... depending on who's in office.... logic defies these people..

    July 31, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC


    Funny. I remember when the job line was that they said if the stimulus passed that unemployment wouldn't got above 8%. Now that it's down to 8.2%, they changed the line to unemployment over 8% for 41 months. Way to change the argument when it is no longer serviceable.

    And where is Crossroads commercial telling us how Romney's tax plan will add to the deficit they want cut so badly?
    You have let yourself be sucked into the right wing misinformation campaign. The forecast for 8% unemployment was made by a press secretay in early December 2008, not by Pres. Obama. What did we/they know at the time? We were told by the Bush administration that GDP was 2%, when it was in fact much worse. The administration had reported unemployment at 6.5% for November 2008, which was another significant rise. We were misinformed about the how fast we were losing jobs.

    July 31, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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