Conservative group continues featuring ex-Obama supporters
August 24th, 2012
09:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Conservative group continues featuring ex-Obama supporters

(CNN) – A major conservative group said Friday it would continue its ad campaign featuring voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2008 but who are now critical of how he's handled the economy.

Americans for Prosperity, which is partially funded by the influential brothers Charles and David Koch, said it would spend $6 million to run the latest ad, which is the second this month that uses Obama supporters from four years ago to spotlight the president's economic record.

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In the thirty-second spot, voters offer their assessments of Obama's first term.

"I think that now we've given Obama a fair chance, and I don't think he's able to do what we need him to do," says one woman.

"The president's doing a mediocre job. The economy in my opinion is still the same as it was four years ago," a man offers. Later he adds: "I have not received the hope and change I believed in in 2008."

"Obama said he was going to help the middle class, and that's where I am. I'm the middle class. Instead it has hurt me," a third voter asserts.

The ad carries the tagline "Has President Obama earned your vote? It's time for a change."

Americans for Prosperity is a major buyer of ads this election cycle. Earlier this month the group said it would spend $27 million to run spots on TV as well as social and new media over a three-week period.

The first spot of the $27 million buy criticized the president over the national debt. The second also used 2008 supporters criticizing Obama's economic record.

Politico first reported the new AFP spot.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • President Obama
soundoff (46 Responses)

    that is ok..that is fair..but luckily ..most Americans...don't have amnesia...we remember whose policies really brought us to the brink...

    August 24, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Economy is getting better. We are gaining respect overseas. Dollar is getting strength all over the world. We need to watch India currency, wich is all black printed fictions currency and Chinese too. We need to bring jobs back. USA is now fine. Deport visa violators, be they doctors from India or IT group. I am confident of Obama will implement laws. Yes, on obama12.

    August 24, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Sandy

    I bet they didn't even vote for Obama last time. I don't believe any woman would vote for Romney now who used to support Obama.

    August 24, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Boo

    All three of them?

    August 24, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Af

    I completly agree with you to not vote for Obama this time. 2008 Obama had more compaign cash than Mcain, you vote for Obama. 2012 Romney has more campaign cash than Obama than you swicth for Romney. Go smart lady.

    August 24, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Reggie from LA

    Uhm, Mary (and those 2 fools that painted their faces and went viral), the very same people you are fronting for right now are the same people who got in the way of President Obama being able to do many of the things he campaigned on. Mary, you remember what Mitch McConnell said about making him a one-termer? You think they just sat on their hands following idle threats? With all that money they have to fight and influence with, they just let Mitch's words just fade away? No Mary, (and fools with paint) they got folks like you be be all whiny and give the appearance that you've somehow been betrayed. You're either a traitor yourself or you have no idea why you voted for the president in the first place. And as for you two painted up weak kneed opportunist freaks, after listening to your little diatribes, it's obvious that you not as smart as YOU think you are and certainly not as smart as you might lead yourselves about how smart we think you are. None of you have any spine. That'd be Mary and her ilk too.

    August 24, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Af

    Please stop selling your vote for cash. That is sad. In your life time as a senior age lady have you ever seen Republicans favor middle class? Educate your-self

    August 24, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Romney / Ryan 2012 – Change For The Better

    August 24, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. SuperD

    I don't see how the Democrats can be confident. There's millions who voted for Obama in 08, they aint coming back folks, how are you going to replace these millions of voters?? I guess you got to bus illegals, votes by dead people. Darn, those voter ID laws are making it harder and harder to cheat!

    August 24, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. JimmyD817

    Obama sucks" is what the bumper sticker reads. I guess he sucks because he lead the mission to hunt down and kill Osama Bin Laden the monster responsible for killing thousand of innocent Americans. I guess he sucks because he truly believes that no American should be without health insurance. I guess he sucks because he feels no son or daughter should see that their Mothers or Fathers denied coverage due to preexisting conditions. I guess he sucks because he rescued an iconic American company and industry. I guess he sucks because he feels all women have the right to decide what's best for her and her body. It's amazing that we allow lies and misinformation to distort the truth. What we are doing is creating a new philosophy that will create a new way that elections will be ran in the Future. No longer are election based on facts and accomplishments. They are based on lie and we the American People are to blame. Trust me in back war rooms were all the planning is done they are keeping a sharp eye on how we the American people can be easily manipulated. They know the exact number of times the need to tell a lie before we run with it as the truth. This is sad and very sad, it is not long before those that have you believe that Obama Sucks, will have you beleive that you daughter was not raped because she became pregnant. They will soon have you believe she lust to have this animal on top of her causing her pain for if she did not then how could she have become pregnant.

    August 24, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    Yeah, and I voted for the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue BOTH TIMES. *NOT* See how that works? Anyone can say whatever they want, but that doesn't necessarily make it true, and why would ANYONE believe ANYTHING that comes from the koch brothers, kkkarl rove or any group professing to support r&r. They've proven themselves to be world-class liars, so why would this lie be any different?

    August 24, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    ...and just wait til Obama unleashes the ads with Sanctimonious Santorum and the serial philanderer Newt calling Romney a "vulture capitalist" "the worst candidate to run against Obama" and the rest of their quotes from the primaries

    August 24, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Sniffit

    And they're allowed to use actors and give them a script. Look it up.

    August 24, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I think the administration did a good job of not scaring the public with the truth of just how bad the economy was at the time Pres. Obama took office. Had the truth been known, that could have caused economic panic. This economic downturn was given a name for a reason. Unfortunately, not disclosing the severity of the downturn meant that people held unrealistic expectations for a speedy recovery. Telling the public after the fact has come across has if the administration was making excuses for the lackluster economy, which played directly into the conservative message.

    Look, all that I am certain of this. A Republican president, with a Republican controlled House and Senate, took us from a $300 billion annual surplus to a $1.5 trillion annual deficit in 8 years. We lost millions and millions of manufacturing jobs over that time frame. Middle class wages declined. Our infrastructure crumbled. And the Republicans said that everything was fine and dandy as far as they were concerned. They got everything that they wanted, and look where we ended up. GDP at -9% and losing 700,000 jobs per month.

    August 24, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Expat American

    It’s a good time for struggling actors…Rove Casting CSA is hiring.
    Let’s see how Romney would help these actors portraying ‘middle class’ folks.

    August 24, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Objectively, this is a sign of desperation. When your argument isn't and has never been "here are the specifics of what I would do to provide solutions" and you're relying heavily on tactics designed solely to suppress the vote for the other side...which is what this is, thinly veiled as it is...then you're sending up giant red flags alerting everyone to how nervous you are. It's not just enough to enact state legislation across the country designed to put cracks in the electoral system so that people fall through and get have to follow up with public statements designed specifically to do two things: (1) create the foundation for a narrative that combats the appearance of legislative voter suppression, allowing you to argue "the turnout was bad for certain demographics because they're lazy, disappointed and didn't go vote" and (2) try to convince people to just stay home...because let's face it, even though these people may be honest "switchers," that's highly unlikely given the stark dichotomy in policy proposals and ideology between Obama and Mittens, so it's unlikely to convince alot of others to be "switchers" as well, just sow the seeds of disaffectation and discourage people who supported Obama in 2008.

    August 24, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    CNN Political Unit ,Well Mary if the brothers Charles and David Koch, said it would spend $6 million to run the latest ad they should have gave the money to you.

    August 24, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Darrell

    Since Mary will not vote for Obama, I want to ask her one question: How is your 401K doing today versus when Obama took office. I bet you 10K that your 401K is much better shape.

    Mary, if you are disappointed in Obama, then take a good hard look at your 401K statement for July 2008 and compare it to the July 2012 statement. Chances are you in better shape financially for your retirement than you were when Obama took over, just saying.

    August 24, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Sniffit

    Anyone else thinking we need public disclosure of any amounts paid by PACs to people who provide a "testimonial" in their advertisements?

    It would affect both parties, so swallow your knee-jerk partisan reactions.

    August 24, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Logic N LA

    I would LOVE to spend an hour with anyone of these people. Usually when asked, thos that make these kindo f comments have no real reasonfor blaming the President but are just frustrated. that Frustration comes from Congress and it's lack of concern for this country.

    August 24, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Tony

    If these people did not know what Obama would do once in office, they also don't know what Romney will do, since Romney is not telling. Romney will not share specifics on his plans because doing so would be bad politically for him. Romney has said he won’t release all of his tax returns because Democrats will find things in them to attack. He has said that his failed Senate bid against Kennedy taught him that getting too specific puts him at risk of losing.

    August 24, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Ex Republican

    Maybe I was the same way dont like Romney/Ryan that why i am voteing for Obama/Biden.
    She probably never voted for Obama these dirty trick republican playing.

    August 24, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Republican supporter of President Obama

    How do we know these people actually voted for President Obama or even voted at all. They should have a disclaimer that runs along the screen that say that there is no proof of what their actual vote was. They should also highlight if these people were compensated in any manner.

    August 24, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Republican supporter of President Obama

    They should interview me. I will tell them the straight truth on why I will not support candidates with tea party ties or supported by the Kochs.

    August 24, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Mikey

    So two oil billionaires who, like Romney, probably pay a lower tax than most middle class Americans, and want to pay even lower taxes, get massive Government handouts (more oil subsidies), and to have regulations eliminated, watered down, or not enforced (so they can make more profits by exploiting our resources and poluting with impunity) have found a couple dozen people who voted for Obama and have changed their minds. Or perhaps, these are actors or some of their employees (don't laugh, it's been done in the past numerous times).

    The Koch brothers expect to get something in return for the tens, if not 100, of millions of dollars they are investing in this election, and I can guarantee you it's for THEIR benefit, not YOURS or the COUNTRY'S. It's for THEM.

    August 24, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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