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. Pete

    You hear Romney whinning now after all his negetives campaigns and ads he's complaining that Pres.Obama isn't playing fair.Wa wa ,got any magical diapers for ole Romney,I think his pants are leaking,maybe just incontinence,ya never know from those old Mormon bishops,they do lie a lot don't they!!

    September 24, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Paulcat

    .....and I stand by the President also!

    September 24, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Thomas

    A Romney adviser who recently said, "We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

    More like, "We're not going let our campaign be dictated to be honest and truthful ."

    Romney / Ryan
    We don't know what we said , but we meant it 2012

    September 24, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. beevee

    This is no time to relent on hammering Mitt romney hard. don't pity the cry foul sobs from Romney campaign. The GOP and their SuperPACS are capable of doing a lot of damage if president Obama's campaign gets even a bit camplacent. Afterall, the GOP is running one of the nastiest campaigns because Mitt Romney is desperate to get elected as this probably is his last chance for to run for the highest office.

    September 24, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. lnd72

    The Joe Soptic ad was way over the line of credibility. To their credit, the Obama campaign pulled it before it got any real air time.

    As far as "fact checkers" go, Romney's adviser should have said "We're not going let our campaign be dictated by *so called* fact checkers". Some people can't seem to understand that fact checking is not an exact science like a math problem. Claims and comments made by candidates have shades of grey, and are open to interpretation. It just depends on the political leanings of the "fact checker".

    September 24, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. CBR

    Compared to the ads being run by the pacs and Mr. Romney, the Obama ads are not so far overboard. Every election brings out these ads which we could all do without. The election season grows longer and longer and we not only have the ads in the fall we must also have ads during primary season. In today's world we area bombarded by information. Some of it is downright offensive and some of it stretches the truth so far that we hardly recognize what we are seeing and hearing. The ads are not scrutinized before they are aired. The media outlets make so much money off the ads that they can easily budget for the coming year. Wish they would be more selective and would force the advertisers to stick to the real truth.

    September 24, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. DENNA

    While I agree with the president, he must stand strong against the lie machine that is the Romney campaign.

    September 24, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Tmadz

    Man, this is just stupid. THis is exactly why this country is a mess. Both sides full of grown adults getting paid lots of money to sat stupid things.They're all a bunch of idiots.

    The "I know what you are, but what am I?"campaigns.

    September 24, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. myviewis

    I guess Cutter doesn't like her boss throwing her under the bus. When Obama looks bad blame someone else except himself, spoken like a true Democrat.

    September 24, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Dave

    When is this man going to tell the truth. This isn't back yard politics in Chigago, this is our nation.

    September 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Borderless

    Of course they would stand by those ads. When you have nothing to recommend the candidate himself, desperate measures must be taken. Way to take the low road as usual, team Obama.

    September 24, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Mitt– you are a BUM, just go home.....

    September 24, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    Better a bit 'overboard' than downright making $#!+ up! pretty much the entire repug campaign is total fiction about what Obama has done and what Dems believe and want for the country. sane, intelligent people know Obama isn't a muslim or a kenyan or a socialist or any of the other nonsensical labels the haters have pinned on him, heck, he's not even really a liberal. of course, the sane, intelligent people are already supporting Obama.

    September 24, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Mike

    Lately, every retort from Romney make him sound more and more like a cry baby. Waaaaaaaaaaaa.

    September 24, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    This idiot Mitt went to England said England is not ready for Olympics–so Englind nicknamed "Mitt the Twit". Is this idiot for presidency??????

    September 24, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. n

    One more asinine word from Romney and his sorry campaign bots. I mean, America, I believe in you and trust that you are aware of this Chicken Hawk Romney guy and his content pointing the finger, crying and lying about the other guy, which just happen to be him looking in the mirror.

    September 24, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Jasmine in Germany

    In 2008, Obama politely held his hand up and called "referee, please" (symbolically). In 2012, he's learnt to fight fire with fire and won't allow himself to be swiftboated like the GOP has done to others in the past. Obama's campaign is still cleaner than the GOP's. Accolades to him. Note that I'm not calling ithe GOP's campaign the "Romney's campaign". That is because Romney isn't in charge of a campaign, he's a puppet. A puppet without vision .

    September 24, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. John Oboho

    The difference is clear.Between one campaign,whic said thier ads won't be allowed to be dictated by fact checkers,and one which is beholden of fact checkers,which one would you presume would go overboard?Yes,You are right!The Republicans,who won't allow thier campaign to be influenced by fact chekers.

    September 24, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    He has no ethics.......but then we already KNEW that!

    September 24, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. Wes Monroe

    Bump in the road?.............Obama's whole presidency has been a bump in the road.

    September 24, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. mark

    Obama 2012

    September 24, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Jsd


    You can't find a democrat not parroting the lies like raising $2000 in taxes on the middle class, reducing taxes on millionaires, wanting GM to go under (which was factored into Bush's TARP program).

    This president has taken 100% credit on things that aren't entirely his. Example The plan to leave Iraq wasn't his.

    I think President Obama has done a lot of good things. But this campaign is designed to generate negative emotions against the other candidate, and it's pretty sad. All we have to do is watch the tone of posters from both sides. It's his campaign's intent.

    September 24, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. RawMoney

    Obama's campaign has gone 'overboard' and made mistakes. Oh my God, his campaign is run by actual human beings. Obama is actually admitting that he's human. Oh my God.

    I can see why that would bother Romney.

    September 24, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Hetman Ute

    They take fact-checking very seriously except when making religious claims of any sort or expressing religious beliefs or when characterizing certain political aspects of how things are being done. Nothing new here, though.

    September 24, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. works4me

    Enjoy GOP...
    It's fact free.

    September 24, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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