Crossroads GPS ad continues tax debate
September 14th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Crossroads GPS ad continues tax debate

(CNN) – The independent Karl Rove-backed conservative group Crossroads GPS pushed back on Democrats' claim that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would raise taxes on the middle class launching ads in six battleground states Friday to counter the president's campaign ads in swing states.

The conservative group said its $5.3 million ad buy responds to the Obama campaign's criticism that Romney's tax plan hurts middle and low-income Americans. The Crossroads spot will begin airing on broadcast TV stations and cable networks Friday for one week in the swing states of Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

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Team Obama's most recent ad was released Wednesday and attacks Romney for failing to give further details on his tax plan as well as criticizes his proposal as unfair to middle-class Americans. The campaign said the ad will air in Iowa, Nevada, Virginia and Ohio.

"Obama promised…" the ad narrator says followed by a television clip of Obama promising to not raise taxes on families whose annual income is less than $250,000 per year.

"Untrue," says the narrator. "Middle-class Americans face a huge tax increase because of Obamacare. Now Obama claims Mitt Romney will raise taxes. Also untrue. Romney's plan lowers middle-class tax rates by 20%."

"Barack Obama: Dishonest on taxes because he's failed on jobs," the ad concludes.

The Obama campaign ads, as well as outside groups supporting Democrats, have pointed to a report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center that concludes under Romney's tax plan wealthy Americans would receive large tax cuts, increasing the tax burden on the lower and middle classes.

The Romney campaign has said the study is flawed because it does not take into account his full plan, failing to account for additional revenue that would result from a reduction in the corporate tax rate.

Crossroads called the Tax Policy Center report "discredited" in a statement about the ad buy and says Obama's ad relies "on a now debunked study, based on hypothetical assumptions, to assert that Governor Romney supported tax increases."

The Tax Policy Center, however, has stood by the findings in their August report.

"President Obama raised taxes on the middle class, and his campaign is dishonestly smearing Gov. Romney to change the subject away from his own tax hikes and the economy that he mishandled over the last four years," said Crossroads GPS president and CEO Steven Law in a statement about the ad.

CNN's Dana Davidsen, Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Biggest tax evaders in the world wanting to denigrate someone over taxes? ha ha ha ha ha ha

    rove needs to be in prison with bush/cheney

    September 14, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Mikey

    There is a reason why Romney and Ryan won't give examples of specific deductions they would disallow. The three biggies are mortgage interest, state and local taxes, and charitable contributions. Every time they are asked, they dodge the question. Which one? Or is it two? Or all three? We don't know because they refuse to say.

    It's the same with so much else. They won't give any specifics on their Afghanistan strategy – but it's clear they don't want to pull the troops out. They have talked about keeping military spending at the highest % of GDP in a generation. Where are they planning on using all that money? Going into Syria? Starting a war with Iran? North Korea? How about Egypt, Libya, Tunisia? Ryan has sponsored personhood bills and Romney told Huckabee on the air that he would sign such a bill if president. Personhood laws would make ALL abortions illegal, even for rape, incest, AND the health of the mother and would also make the most common forms of birth control illegal. They aren't talking about that. How about an energy policy that relies almost solely on oil and gas, and not on renewables or major efficiency efforts? That would be great for the oil companies, but a disaster for our country and consumers over the next 5 – 10 years. How about being climate change deniers. It's real funny to Mitt, but it's all Americans, especially our children and grandchildren, who will pay for their stupidity.

    They are just bashing the President because they know most Americans don't support most of their positions and they don't want to expose their incompetence.

    September 14, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Early voting in 24 days in some states.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    Because the republicans are desperate and will tell bigger and bigger lies the closer it gets. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 14, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. kayla

    OBAMA 2012

    September 14, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Kef14

    Don't people realize by now that any piece of information that comes from Karl Rove in any way is complete lies and manipulation? You are a fool if you listen to anything Karl Rove claims.

    September 14, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Time for Real Change!
    Omaha, the Tax Man himself, can he possibly be so stupid to campaign on who is raising taxes? Obama not only does he not know who US allies are, and how many states there are in the US, he now forgets that Democrats are, and have always been, Tax and Spend and Spend More, and Spend More! The middle class are being hit the hardest in Obamacare. Does he care? Hell no!

    Where was your Hell No , when GW Bush was telling you the economy was sound ?

    September 14, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Charlie

    Maybe Lyin' Ryan will vouch for Rove's honesty and charactger as well as Romney's.

    Not buying any of it.

    So many lies. So many lies. GI Joe has it right. . .the GOP is desperate.
    All the billionairss' money can't buy the USA.
    The American people are smarter than Rove, et al give us credit for

    September 14, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. ghtbad

    I would vote for my pet rock before I voted for Obama. What a complete failure he has been.

    September 14, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. jpmichigan

    So far, the only lies I see is comming from the Obama campaign. There is NO transparecy, we are not safer or better off than we were 4 years ago. He doesn't follow protocol or laws that are written, he gives Health sect. and Attoney General a pass on wrong doing. His foreign policies has caused distrust by our allies. His failure to govern and to lead is demostrated daily. Now give me one reason to trust and respect Obama, yet alone vote to re-elect him.

    September 14, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |

    5.6 Trillion dollars of debt added to our children backs in just 4 yrs. Almost 8 Trillion since democrats swept into Congress in 2006 promising to "drain the swamp".

    Progressivel democrats are a financial cancer. An American dream death sentence to life as we know it..

    September 14, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. KC

    The truth is Mitt is lying about how much taxes he paid in the last 10 years. Google and Listen catefully again to him explain. He says "OVEROVER the past 10 years he has paid a little over 13%…". Divide 13% over 10 years and that is about 1.3% a year .. If he paid every year! It's arithmatic.

    September 14, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Dan

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    September 14, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. sean74cnn

    Romney is telling the truth. –as long as you're willing to believe his assertion that "middle-class" is those over $200k/yr

    The average American whose income is actually 50k/yr is "poor" in Romney's eyes and everyone knows the GOP's definition of poor includes the word "lazy".

    September 14, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    This is coming from people who support the same Romney campaign whose spokesperson said that they "would not let the campaign be dictated to by fact checkers."

    September 14, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Floyd

    Okay Rove... who exactly "debunked" the Tax Policy Center's study? Romney? Did he 'debunk' the study by citing unspecified loop hole closures that he has not decided on? because Romney has made 2 promises: 1) cut taxes on people and corporations, and 2) make ir revenue neutral. The only way to do that is exactly what the TPC says, eliminate all loop holes ... and that results in an unbalanced increase in taxes on the middle class... or do what Bush did and just eat the revenue loss and increase the national debt.

    September 14, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Art

    Note that the Romneyites won't even breathe the name Bush, but are giddy over letting one of the chief architects of the Bush disaster pump wads of filthy corporate cash into supporting their campaign. Good thing the Romney campaign appears to be just as a big a CF as the Bush years or the Democrats might be in trouble.

    September 14, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Meka

    Words from Romney's Mouth, on Sunday's "Meet the Press". "We should have let the Mortgage Loans to GO INTO FORECLOSURE, ALLOW INVESTOR'S TO BUY UP THE PROPERTIES-AND RENT THEM OUT"

    How does this HELP THE MIDDLECLASS?

    September 14, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. The REAL Truth...

    If Mitt Romney could run on his accomplishments, he would. But since he has none he wants to remind the American people of (like his MA Healthcare plsn), his entire campaign strategy is to lie about his opponent. As lying comes very easy to Willard and the righties, they are very good at it with the help of the right leaning Faux Noise press. Lies and the system to spread them. Obama 2012 in a nutshell.

    September 14, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Maxx

    Romney has a secret tax plan that's going to fix everything, but only if it remains a secret. His tax returns must remain secret for this to happen as well.

    September 14, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. The Unsub

    If republicans believed in Mittens then where are:
    Huntsman (Mormon)
    Bush (both of them)

    Do any of them have his back?

    September 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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