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. bob

    What could happen:
    -To the Supreme Court if GOP win
    -To schools all across the country if GOP win (voucher system)
    -To the Medicare if GOP win. (Private insurer and voucher system)
    -To the Social Security if GOP win (stock market).
    -To the Medicaid if GOP win (turn to states)
    -To the clean energy future if GOP win ( turn to foreign oil)
    -To the deficit with another $5T tax cut to the rich if GOP win.
    The tsunami on middle class safety may be coming.

    July 31, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Jon

    Hey liberals here is something else to chew on:

    • Some FACTS to blow your liberal mind...
    2005: $318 Billion deficit 4.6% Unemployment Republican Congress.
    2006: $248 Billion deficit 4.3% Unemployment Republican Congress.
    2007: $161 Billion deficit 4.8% Unemp. Last Rep Budget & Nancy Pelosi takes over
    2008: $458 Billion deficit 7.1% Unemployment Democrat Congress
    2009: $1.4 Trillion deficit 9.7% Unemployment Democrat Congress
    2010: $1.3 Trillion Deficit 9.8% Unemployment Democrat Congress
    2011: $1.5 Trillion Deficit 8.5% Unemployment Mixed Congress

    Interesting that only after the Demos took control of congress did the unemployment rate go up under Bush. Under Obama they have stayed up. Stop blaming the Republicans ... Even when Clinton was President ... the economy thrived when the Republicans held both the Senate and House - with Clinton working with the Republicans ... not against them as Obama has done ...

    July 31, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Maybe the better message would be "Tell the GOP to stop impeding progress".......

    July 31, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    So who will the Democrats, Obama, and the leftists blame after another 4 years of Democrat FAILURE??? So does the country need 4years, 8 years or 12 years to understand you cannot borrow and spend/waste your way to prosperity??? There is NO prosperity at the end of the Democrat tunnel. There is GREECE awaiting us. But I am very confident the failed leftists will rustle up yet another scapegoat to blame their failure on. Yes, it'll be those "evil rich people" that refuse to give 99% of what they earn to the government.

    July 31, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "our current president's budget reflects a $600 billion reduction from the last occupant of the white house."
    The current president's budget got ZERO votes in both houses. evern diridi / gurgyl could do better.

    July 31, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bush/Cheney was the worst joke the republican party ever played on America. It was nearly destroyed, and now they want an even dumber version of W (Mittens) to finish off the job.

    July 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Jon

    LOL ... I didn't think the liberals would respond to the Deficit and Unemlpoyment facts ... maybe there is nothing in their paid bloggers book of cut and paste answers that can help them. Thus they will do what they normally do ... ignor ... call names ... or attack the messenger.

    July 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Wes B.

    "Crossroads blasts Obama over economy in new ad"

    I didn't realize Crossroads was running for president.

    July 31, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The anti union republicans have taken a lesson from third world countries, "no unions, no middle class, no decent wages, no employee rights, no social security, no veterans benefits, no medicare." Becoming a third world country is a dream come true for the GOP.

    July 31, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "just because Crossroads and Karl Rove placed the ad .... it does not make it not true:"

    Actually, yes it does and the vast majority of people do see it that way. These guys practically crap chuztpah and hubris. Moving on....

    July 31, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Keith A. Sillsbury

    A guilty dog barks the loudest! karl rove ( spell it like everyone else in the world, Carle.) knows how bad this economy should be since he was one of the group that screwed it up in the first place. Remember, It could always be worse, karle could tell us how much they really spent.

    July 31, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Dear Crossroads, You suck.

    July 31, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Jon

    Why do the liberals only talk about raising taxes on the most wealthy ... why dont they talk about every American family paying taxes ... even if it is only 5 or 10% ... 48% of American families do not pay taxes ... Also, why do people get a tax refund when in reality they get more money back than they paid. When people don't pay taxes, we need to stop giving them a refund.

    July 31, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GDP was negative 8.2 in Bush's last year, and the right wingnuts are complaining about it now being at positive 1.5?

    July 31, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    For three and a half years the GOP has pointed to the unemployment rate, arguing that President Obama's economic policies have failed. However what the GOP DOESNT want the uneducated to know is that the current unemployment rate (8.2%) doesn't reflect the 8 million jobs that have been created and saved in both the private and public sectors as a result of the stimulus packages. Furthermore, the GOP DOESN'T want the uneducated to understand that while jobs were being saved and new jobs were being created, the recovery was continuously being offset by companies that continue laying off people across the nation because they were either going bankrupt or couldn't meet their payroll or because they were losing profits as demands declined as a result of the global recession. Then there were those companies that decided to sit on big profits and lay off workers though they weren't seriously affected by the recession.

    Furthermore, recently it was reported that several Fortune 500 companies...UPS, DUPont, Exxon Mobil, CAT Fortune, Cateepillar are contemplating laying off more workers in the near future because of difficulties in the overseas market where demands for their exports have declined significantly. And in the past year alone, scores of additional Fortune 500 companies and other companies in the private sectors have layed off workers and continue to do so today, further affecting the recovery process because of low profits and uncertainty in the global market. Hey, that is something President Obama has no control over whatsoever. However, the 2011 American Jobs Act the teapublicans fillibuster would have created 1.9 million American jobs right away according to the CBO and independent economists. Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012!

    July 31, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bush handed a G-6 unemployment rate of 14.2% over to our president.

    July 31, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Jon

    Tax everyone ... and lets stop the deductions.

    July 31, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Monty Burns

    Actually this ad, like everything we ever hear from the republicon camp, is false. The slowest recovery in the modern era was under dubya in his first term. The turnaround under President Obama has been stunning by comparison.

    And for those who like to point out that the President's budget is not getting any votes – that is not because it does not have support in congress, it is because republicons have blocked it going to a vote. And if you know anything about the budget process the President does not just submit a budget and congress then votes on it. Under the Budget Act of 1913 he submits a budget BLUEPRINT in Feb which then goed to both houses for revision.

    It is important to note that the budget President Obama submitted contains significantly LESS debt than the ryan budget that mittstain supports.

    July 31, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Wilson wrote:

    "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 Reid is not allowing anything with republican origins to even be voted on.
    The Congress has passed a mere 110 bills so far during this current term. Average for past Congresses at this point would put that figure at over 700. Of those 40 or so "jobs bills" sent to the Senate by the House, 33 of them contained language in amendments to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Tea Party House knew the bills were dead on arrival before they even cast their votes for them in the House. They have played just as many games with Dodd-Frank. The behavior of the Tea Party House has been borderline treasonous.

    July 31, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "why dont they talk about every American family paying taxes "

    Forgive me for bludgeoning you with practicalities, but the answer is simple: they can't freekin afford even that.

    Do you know what poverty is? Have you ever suffered it? The "skin in the game" argument is so utterly offensive to what used to be our core values as a society that it's a wonder the Founding Fathers haven't risen from their graves to strangle the whoel lot of you. THERE'S NO SKIN LEFT. THEY'VE BEEN FLAYED BY THE TRICKLE-DOWN SUPPLY-SIDE LIE.

    July 31, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. California Gary

    Dear problem with your "facts"..........the Bush administration did not run the cost of the unnecessary wars they had us engaged in when they put out their budget data. So your numbers, and your theory are bogus my friend. Trickle down was a big failure and damaged this economy for years to come.......and your boy Romney wants to take us back there. Our memories are not that short.

    July 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Jess C

    @Jon; It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the GOP crashed the economy and handed Obama one of the biggest messes in US history. You are clearly out of touch with facts, dude. Read much or do you just watch Fox Noise? Care to share how Bush planned to fund 2 wars? Was there a plan? Very convenient and naive to blame that all on Obama.

    July 31, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Jon

    Oh my ... Blah Blah Blah ... what a spin ... Lets really face the facts .... Obama has hired a Jobs Czar and he is the CEO of GE ... Now please explain why, Obama's Jobs Czar is closing factories in the USA and opening them in China? Or Why Obama finds time to play golf ... but there is no time to meet with his Jobs Council? Ever since the Demo's took control of both the House and Senate under Bushg .... the unemployment rate went up. Obama kept pushing the same policies that the Demo House and Senate pushed which caused the high unemployment which has resulted in a continuation of the high unemployment.

    Furthermore ... And job that is created by the government means that taxes need to go to pay for that job.

    July 31, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Justusselah

    When are we going to throw away the childish statements, the empty rhetoric and the gotcha crap and actually focus on the real issues. We are in this together. We will rise or fall together. Sure would be beneficial to both sides if we stopped all this spinning. We look like water going down the drain when all we can agree upon is defaming the so called other side. You are all worthless, and so are your words until you start working for solutions. Grow up America! The time is now or never!

    July 31, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Interesting that only after the Demos took control of congress did the unemployment rate go up under Bush. Under Obama they have stayed up."

    What is so hard for you to understand about the FACT that the recession and economic problems startedbecause of the economic policies in place for SEVERAL YEARS PRIOR to the Dems taking back congress? Do you think that such a superficial monkey analysis that intentionally confuses correlation with causation is somehow not a lie...that you're not a liar for pushing that interpretation? Sorry, but you are, and so is Crossroads and everyone else who tries to ignore the cause of our economic problems in order to shove silly, superficial correlations at us as if they prove causation.

    July 31, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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