Obama campaign stands by 'overboard' ads
September 24th, 2012
07:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama campaign stands by 'overboard' ads

(CNN) – Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama, said in an interview Monday that she stood by all of the president's television ads, despite the assertion from Obama himself that some of the spots have gone "overboard."

"Absolutely, absolutely," Cutter said on CNN's "The Situation Room" when asked if she could back all of Obama's campaign ads.

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In an unaired portion of Obama's "60 Minutes" interview, the president admitted that sometimes political ads, even from his own campaign, go too far.

"Do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign, the mistakes that are made or the, you know, areas where there's no doubt that somebody could dispute how we are presenting things? That happens in politics," Obama said. "There is a sharp contrast there. But the stakes are high."

"The truth of the matter is most of the time we're having a vigorous debate about a vision for the country," he continued. "Is it going to be sharp sometimes? Absolutely."

Romney's campaign reacted quickly to Obama's comments, saying in a statement that the president "himself admitted his campaign has gone 'overboard' and made mistakes."

"The real test now is whether or not the president will change course and honor his long-discarded promise to change the tone in Washington," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in the statement.

Cutter said Monday that the Democratic effort had a stronger track record on facts than their rivals, citing a Romney adviser who recently said, "We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

"I do agree with the president," Cutter said. "We take fact-checking very, very seriously. We spend a lot of time making sure that the facts up on the air, we're able to back them up. And, you know, just think about the contrast with the Romney campaign. Their chief strategist Neil Newhouse said they weren't going to be beholden by fact-checkers. There's a big difference. We take fact-checking very seriously."

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  1. Saboth

    Anyone keeping up with the "facts" knows this: Dems are on-the-money probably 2 out of 3 times (and the 3rd time is simply playing with numbers) vs Romney's complete lies and fabrications. It's shameful what the Republican party has stooped to.

    September 25, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Osama Bin Laden is overboard and Mitt Romney didn't do that because he didn't move heaven and earth to find him.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 25, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Obama lied about Bush, and he lies about Romney. He is a total liar about almost everything, especially his own RECORD!

    September 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    What's overboard about the Obama campaign ads? They failed to point out how our national debt is at $16 trillion because the GOP has wasted $5.2 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have failed to point out how the GOT has fillibuster over 235 bills proposed by this administration (the most in U.S. history). They have failed to point out how the GOT has deliberately stalled progress in Washington to make the President a one term President. They have failed to point out how under Paul Ryan's leadership in which the GOP controlled both the House and Senate and the Executive branches, they squandered a surplus and dragged us into an economic abyss with high inflation, record unemployment, a housing crisis, a broken financial systen and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

    September 25, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Maybe we should check and see if RMoney intends to put automatic windows, screen doors, and private patios on AF-1. And a couple of horse stalls.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hahaha haha

    September 25, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    There's WMDs in Iraq. All aboard or overboard?

    September 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    All 47% of the American people not in the federal tax bracket vote Democrat! Yea, including the millions of Republicans on welfare and foodstamps. They've all switched party and now they're voting Democrat. Alll aboard or overboard?

    September 25, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Mitt Romney in 2009: This President is a reckless spender and he is so reckless than he has inflated the national deficit. And that is why I say now that saving the auto industry is not the wise thing to do. Mitt Romney in 2010: I supported the federal government bailout of the auto industry. I really did. All aboard or overboard?

    September 25, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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