Obama campaign stands by 'overboard' ads
September 24th, 2012
07:24 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Romney'sWallet

    Obama has all the right to go 'overboard'

    September 24, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. DC Observer

    Obama has really disgraced the office of the President. He has run the most dishonest and unethical campaign in history. Even if Obama wins, more then half the country has lost all respect for him forever. That is shameful

    September 24, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Ed1

    Just like Cutter she lied at the DNC and keeps on going what a joke.

    September 24, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. AC

    I don't see where Obama admitted any of his ads were "overboard." I think he was speaking about the general tone of his campaigning. His comments seemed pretty accurate and humble without being self-deprecatory. Of course, you can't say thing in politics without it getting spun like a bottle on the last night of band camp.

    September 24, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. JDD

    "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."

    Sorry, but that's quite misleading. Both campaigns obviously fact check. The Republican campaign is making the obvious observation that self-appointed "Fact Checker" organizations are no less biased than any other group. Both campaigns actually know this as well, but all of the sudden the Democratic campaign spokeswoman today solemnly swears by them and self-righteously scolds those who don't. Tomorrow, if a "Fact Checker" or two makes a statement not in her favor, she will reverse course. The bait-and-switch is obvious.

    September 24, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. kshoe

    I'm still trying to think how it is the media takes Ms. Cutter seriously on anything after she was caught in a flat out lie to them over that retired steel worker....Oh, no I don't know him...even though I hosted a conference call with him several months ago.....

    Hmmm, that should translate... I stand by every ad, believe me, I wouldn't lie to you......Yeah, right

    Oh, that's right the MSM won't hold Obama or his staff accountable for anything.

    September 24, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. DudeRanch

    46 million unemployed and the GOP kills a Job bill and a Job Bill for Vets. Why dont we throw the GOP overboard. Bullsh$t mountain...

    September 24, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Rebecca Squires

    ya think it is just another add yawn

    September 25, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  9. Phil Thomas

    Not ready for Prime time Mittens is looking for any little Anthill to Make a mountain out of, your losing worst in your own home state and the state you governed. America isn't electing a heckler as president buddy.

    September 25, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. rswfire

    I feel it shows a lot of character that our president can admit that sometimes his campaign's ads may go too far. It is one of the things I respect most about him: his honesty, and it's genuine. You do not see that in most of our politicians, and very clearly not from the opposing campaign. As president, he must set the bar high. He represents the highest office in the land, and he does so with distinction. But even four years ago, during his original campaign for the presidency, he exuded these qualities. It is one of the many reasons we voted for him, and I will be honored to do so again.

    September 25, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  11. bobden

    Romney's attack ads against President Obama are made up of lies. Romney knows that they are lies, so why does he say that he approves them?

    September 25, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    The Romney campaign claiming to be holier than thou. it is tha kind of we are right all the time do nothing wrong attiude that has brought thier campaign in to such disrepute
    We are republicans we dont deal in facts just dirty politics to win like ognore fact checkers and pass laws to make it difficult for the aportion of the 47 % to vote.
    We the people should teach them a lesson yo have to listen not just shout out ideology to much of Republican ideology is not supported as you constantly try to assure us. If it was you would not need to assure us all the time.

    September 25, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  13. taymaguireisonfire

    I completely agree that the campaign ads attacking opposition for presidency tend to be overboard. Afterall, these campaigns are all about promoting images and how the American people view their choices; however, some of the ads attempt to completely tarnish the image of the opposition. When it comes down to putting out these ads for the public, as much as the candidates are eager to get ahead and put their opposition away, it is important to maintain respect and stick to the facts. People who actually do their research and follow the campaigns and what each opponent really stands for shouldn't allow one ad to tarnish their vision of a candidate.

    September 25, 2012 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  14. DLEE

    There is the difference, it may be overboard but they check facts. Now look at Romney, who thinks his behavior of attack with nothing but baseless accusations and complete lies, while offering absolutely no substance of his own, is perfectly acceptable. At some point, I wish the religious right would open their eyes. It's absolutely sickening they promote this guy when he thinks Christianity is an abomination.

    September 25, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |

    Hey Cutter: My suggestion for you and your folks; use the lie detector. we are sick up to our stomach of jabbing from the CIC to the bottoms. It shows your folks are dishonest w american people

    September 25, 2012 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Not only overboard but rapidly falling into the abyss.
    The twit can't stand on anything because he has stood against or was for it at any one point in his life.
    The lies that they are spewing ARE just that lies and even after they are called out on it, the twit and the lying altar boy, they continue to tell them.

    September 25, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  17. johnmenacherjr

    It's always amazing to me how the Partisan republicans can do and lie about whatever they think is the dirtiest, then when the democrats do anything even close to their(republican lies) They are these Satanice evil people – BS. I say let them have it all they have are these depressed people and whinners the adds are such a downer! they make you sick!

    September 25, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  18. DevilDogOz

    Much like the candidtaes themselves, Stephanie Cutter epitomizes the worst features of American politics and reminds us why so many good people despise and distance themselves from politics, leaving the fray to lesser men...

    September 25, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  19. jpmichigan

    Not only the horrific ads but the amount of money spend. Obama has never stopped campaigning since he took the oath of office, this is why he is such a BAD leader and his governing skills are terrible. He has never grown out of his "community organizer " section of his life. He was not ready to be President, and 4 years in office has not made better.

    September 25, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  20. Richard

    He is insane if he goes nice on robme. He needs to double down on his ads. The robme campaign will not tell the truth, somone has to!

    September 25, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. Yikes

    Lets see here... A few negative ads, or a campaign run devoid of facts... Hmmm....

    September 25, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  22. Klargar

    The Republicans have been devoid of facts for the last 6 elections, Rove said it well we make our own reality and when you figure that one out we will invent a new one ,we are the history makers and you are only players in our game.

    September 25, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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."
    Romney, the President is a class act. He abhors having to lower his standards even one iota in order to respond to your never-ending stream of bs and lies.
    So to him that's going 'overboard'. To him.
    To me, not so much. I'd be wallowing in the mud right there with you and the rest of your pigs....you'd fling once, I'd fling twice....and I would enjoy it.
    Probably one of the reasons why he's President and you and I will NEVER be.
    Obama 2012.

    September 25, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |

    My political sweetheart Stephanie Cutter is back throwing jabs. It's obvious Willard's campaign doesn't believe in fact checkers. Prime example is how they manipulated the President's words(you didn't build that). They'd take a snippit so they'll have a sound bite and run with it. Here's a fact for you. Willard Milton Romney had money invested in a Chinese oil company that was working AGAINST the interest of the U.S.

    September 25, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    Flip is such a sap. So ONLY Obama has gone overboard??? Is Flip for real? His scorched-earth policy during the primaries was "overboard on steroids" and general election ads have fared no better. If Flip doesn't admit his campaign has also, he's in for a rude awakening...typical GOP..."we don't make mistakes. We're always right" Watch out Flip. He has set you up again and you are too stupid to realize it

    September 25, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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