Controversial pro-Obama ad hasn't actually run yet
August 8th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
10 years ago

Controversial pro-Obama ad hasn't actually run yet

Washington (CNN) - It's grabbing a lot of media attention, but a new controversial television commercial from an independent group supporting President Barack Obama's re-election has not yet run as a paid advertisement on TV.

The ad, announced yesterday by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, appears to blame Republican challenger Mitt Romney for the cancer death of the wife of a man who was laid off from a steel mill after the company he worked for, GST Steel, was shut down by Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Romney.

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A closer look by CNN poked holes into the ad's timeline.

While the spot has garnered plenty of media attention over the past 24 hours, the commercial apparently has yet to actually run.

The group said Tuesday the ad, titled "Understands," was part of their current $20 million television and online buy, and that the 60-second spot would run in the battleground states of Iowa, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio.

Priorities USA told CNN Wednesday that the ad "hasn't started running yet but will soon."

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Brianna Keilar contributed to this story

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Priorities USA
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. mcskadittle

    "SuperD"It does amaze me how people insult the President of the United States, in this case the add is not coming from the president but a superpac that he doesn't control

    August 8, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Darryl

    Obama & Reid are the Pit-Bulls of the 21st century. The Pit-Bulls of Washington DC. Hurray ! Finally the fight is ON! the Republicans, T-Party people are just starting to get back a little medicine of their own. President Obama & Harry Reid have put up with their B/S for 3 1/2 years now. Their are 1.5 Million jobs in the GOPs hands that they will NOT pass for us people to go to work. It's election time and the President & mr. Reid have EVERY RIGHT to any kind of ATTACK nessisary they wish. This is good ! And I want MORE of it ! YAHOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. MeganColorado

    In response to Thomas:

    "You people don't need to know any more..."
    "I like to fire people..."
    "Israel prospers because of culture..."
    "Moment of silence for the Sheik..."
    "I was only sole stake holder and ceo, i signed papers and didn't bother reading them..."
    I can't understand how republicans can vote for Romney, use some common sense!"

    Thomas, you have drunk the koolaide. You don't even realize that every one of these quotes was taken out of context, Go back and find the actual video of Romney and Ann speaking. You'll find that you have been dupped. There is no honesty or integrity in the Obama Administration.

    Show us the sealed college transcripts...I want to know what's in them.

    August 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. betterdays

    As a middle-class homeowner, I thought about voting for a couple of local tax levies in November, but I think this ad is the event that solidifies my position as a 100% obstructionist Republican. I will vote against any Democrat candidate. I will vote against any public funding of anything. Poor people can go ask this Super Pac for help.

    August 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness. GOPers are all hot and bothered about an Obama ad not yet aired, and then run to the Romney ad of flexible truths (i.e. RomneyLies) jumping all over themselves to become Romney apologists.

    Who'd have thunk?

    August 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "I wonder how the President explains these ads to his girls?"

    Let me show you: "This ad is from a PAC, so me and my campaign are elgally forbidden and prohibited from coordinating anything we do with them. As a result, I had nothing to do with this."

    If you want to criticize his campaign for not condemning it, that might be a little more legitimate...if it weren't for the fact that Crossroads' ads and rovian tactics make this look like nothing more than a little white lie via insinuation, and Mittens has never once criticized or condemned ANYTHING Crossroads has done in his name.

    August 8, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. MeganColorado

    In response to Sony Chapman:

    There may be thousands of people dying as a result of not having proper medical attention due to lack of insurance. Do you realize you are simply trading numbers with Obamacare. When it goes into effect, thousands of people will be "denied" care because it is not "fiscally prudent" to provide certain types of treatment to those that are over 70. So, with one it IS possible to be insured albeit a difficulty, and with the other it is impossible to be treated. Go back and read the bill. You'll find that it is not "elderly friendly."

    August 8, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Boilermaker

    time out..government doesnt create jobs remember obama 2012- bend. thats what your candidate mitt has been saying for weeks. government doesnt create the jobs. so becareful what you say about your precious republicans in office

    August 8, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Thomas

    @ MeganColorado
    "Show us the sealed college transcripts...I want to know what's in them."

    I bet his birth certificate is fake too correct? Funny birthers. But you're right, everything about all presidential hopefuls should be open game. If Romney made his life an open book, I would be more than happy to call for Obama to make his life an open book.

    "You'll find that it is not "elderly friendly."

    Please cite your source.

    August 8, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    MeganColorado - Show us the sealed college transcripts...I want to know what's in them.
    If the facts of what Obama is REALLY about get lose, the entire game is over. He got preferental treatment/aid/admission as a FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT. So if he was really an American citizen, THEN HE COMMITTED FRAUD to get his college education. His grades in Occidental were not good yet he got into Columbia and then into Harvard??? Just how do people with bad grades get into the best schools in the country? HMMMMMM????? Obama has been a scammer all his life and now he and the Democrats are scamming the country.

    August 8, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Boilermaker - time out..government doesnt create jobs remember obama 2012- bend. thats what your candidate mitt has been saying for weeks. government doesnt create the jobs. so becareful what you say about your precious republicans in office
    But governments sure can create business hostile environments that stop, slow or discourage business, free trade and job creation. And that is EXACTLY what Obama and the Democrats have done. Obama spent the first two years attacking every business in sight, created HUGE uncertainty with month to month tax code issues, and then Obamacare has totally freaked businesses out. All of this while Obama needed to WORK with business and help them get back on track.

    But Obama is NOT a leader and certainly is clueless about the economy and jobs. He's a class warfare clown pure and simple. He has it set in his mind that businesses are just greedy and evil.

    August 8, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bend – Turn off Glenn Beck, it is affecting your ability to think.

    August 8, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A right wingnut who is a lap dancer for the 1% calls Obama a class warfare clown. How stupid the right wingnuts have become.

    August 8, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. KingAZ

    How many people has Obama killed as collateral damage due to his drone strikes? Oh, wait he's a Nobel Peace prize winner who personally sentences people to death.

    Blood on his hands in the EO cover-up of fast and furious regarding the death of Brian Terry. Hmmmmmmmm..... Will the liberals be up in arms when these ads start coming out?

    August 8, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Name

    Ha! Romney was gone 6 frigging years before this unfortunate situation...where are those specifics in your embarrassment to journalism story? .... disagreement over the timeline...jeeze

    August 8, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Eddie The Barber

    That ad shouldn't be run. Not a good idea to stoop to Romney's level.

    August 8, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Navyvet8192

    I am proud to be an American, but ashamed of our broken political system. We are an embarassment to the rest of the civilized world. I don't apologize to any other country for it, as we Americans choose to allow our system to remain broken and corrupt. Regardless of the November outcome, we'll get exactly what we deserve until we say enough. 2 term limits in both houses for congressmen and senators, and no lobbyists within 100 yards of either house. This to be punishable by large fines to the sponsoring companies or organizations, and imprisonment for the individual violating the law.

    August 8, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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