Crossroads GPS bets against Obama in Nevada ad
September 12th, 2012
10:22 AM ET
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Crossroads GPS bets against Obama in Nevada ad

(CNN) - Ahead of President Barack Obama's campaign trip to Las Vegas Wednesday, the private arm of the Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads released a new ad in Nevada targeting the president over the economy.

"After gambling your money on his failed stimulus, President Obama says, 'Don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas'," the ad's narrator says. "He doesn't get it. In Nevada, tourism means jobs. Under Obama, nearly 62,000 fewer Nevada jobs."

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The ad's Vegas reference links back to a February 2010 town hall in New Hampshire, where the president drew criticism from some Nevada natives–including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid–for using the city in an analogy about government spending.

"You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage," Obama said. "You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. And it's time your government did the same."

Republicans have resurfaced the quote this cycle to attack the president in the crucial swing state.

Crossroads GPS, which has already spent tens of millions on conservative candidates and causes, dropped nearly $1.4 million on the ad, titled "Bunch of Cash." The spot will run for 10 days, while a Spanish language version will run for three weeks in the Western state.

Nevada suffers from one of the highest unemployment rates in the country at 12%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state was also hit by a severe wave of home foreclosures during the housing crisis.

"Our home values: gone," the narrator says. "America's worst recovery, and a new recession could mean more jobs lost. But as Nevada struggles, Obama says 'Don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas.'"

The president is set to deliver remarks at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas at 8:25 p.m. ET. In 2008, Obama won the state of Nevada by 12.5% over Sen. John McCain.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Crossroads GPS • Nevada • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Don't people of this great nation by now know Karl Rowe, the worst animal of GOP????? How pathetic of these crossroads, traffic roads etc. yes, as of strong say OBAMA12. Period.

    September 12, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Marty, FL

    Sorry Rove, not gambling our country away for your Romney-Bain, who outsources American jobs for profit, bankrupts our companies, wishy washy on any specifics, and sadly irresponsible on his foreign policy. No thanks.

    September 12, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Adelson willing to drop $100 Million into Romneys Pocket.

    THEN - get this -– Adelson will get tax cuts that will put more than a 2000% (that's 2 thousand percent) return on his money BACK IN HIS POCKET.

    And You think something is not FISHY?


    September 12, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Pi Boson

    Nearly a quarter-billion dollars of super-PAC money has filled the airwaves with intentionally deceitful and disrespectful lyrics. This is necessary as Romney has no plan compared to the better off today reality under President Obama. Poverty decreasing, home prices increasing, unemployment improvements, all because we have a skilled, informed leader in The White House working for the majority of Americans. Let's re-elect Obama so the middle-class are enabled to grow the economy again.

    September 12, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Ling

    'Don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas'. Those aren't green jobs come on. When he is not tearing down the fossil fuel industry and at the same time trying to accept credit for the Shale boom he veers off into slamming others including the service industries. All those dirty "for profit" businesses where most of us work to feed our families.

    September 12, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    What's up with Republican Gov. Sandoval .... besides being extremely inept at keeping Nevada under fiscal control? One of those who were elected on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and hasn't quite figured out how that whole jobs thingy works yet. Too much trickle up .... err, I mean trickle down economics, I suspect. You know the meme: give us tax breaks and we'll add thousands and thousands of jobs.

    September 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. randy

    Super-PAC is the real axis of evil for the middle-class as they flood the airwaves with nearly $250,000,000 of deceitful messages. President Pbama is working for the middle-class with a plan to grow opportunities. Romney has no plans, only lofty opportunity to further burden the middle-class.

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Wes B.

    GOP is really grasping at straws on this one. hahaha. Pitiful.

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. randy

    Obama's successes vs Romney's wants. Score Obama.

    September 12, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |

    Now why would Crossroads do that??
    10 million households don't have bank accounts as Americans find other ways to get cash -CNNMoney
    QE3 won't create jobs. The impact would be "microscopic" at best -CNNMoney
    Businesses are hesitant because of the uncertainty surrounding their future prospects -CNNMoney

    September 12, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. demwit

    WORSE MAJORITY LEADER EVER .., just google it!

    September 12, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Legalize Reason

    Karl Rove doesn't get it. The American people are not as stupid and forgetful of the facts as the cynical GOP thinks they are. GOP billionaires, don't throw away your money on cartoonish Crossroad's propaganda.

    September 12, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. SafeJourney

    Crossroads, Rove, YOUR bet is lost. So is Adelsons, the person under investigation for bribery and fraud

    September 12, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Mark

    Maybe the ad should feature Bill Bennet?
    Gambling is a good and holy practice. This should please the religious right. They'll never speak up.

    September 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Thomas

    Karl Rove needs a new job .

    September 12, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Rudy NYC


    America is tired of Obama's progressive budgetless debt spending that has saddled our children with another $6 trillion.
    Actually, America is tired of the deceptive statments and misleading talking points coming out of the right wing. Let's take this one, for instance. Pres. Obama has not had a budget in 30(?) months. That's true. What they will not tell you is that there has been "no budget" because of the non-stop stream of Continuing Resolutions, short term spending bills to keep gov't funded and operating, which make the idea of an "annual budget" completely moot.

    September 12, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |