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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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Keith

    Shocked that that part of the interview wasn't aired by 60 minutes? Not really. That group is so in the tank for president obama they are not about to air anything negative about him.

    September 25, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Augie10

    I believe there is much more truth in the Democrat's political commercials than in the Republican's. There is an ugliness, and gross dishonesty in much of what the Republicans say and do. They seem to be running on pure hate and pander to the worst in humanity. I am amazed that anyone votes Republican @ all. I believe that Obama and the Democrats will win BIG on election day.

    September 25, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    here it comes, soon to a mall near you, surveyors polling for obama and telling all whites that if you dont vote for obama then you are a racist, well guess what, then I'm a raciest and dont care, pluss another thing, if I see a punky black panther wheeling a club and intimidating voters at my voting place I'm going to introduce him to my Louisville Slugger!

    September 25, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Norm

    "We will not be letting the fact checkers run our campaign"

    September 25, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Whatever

    I know M.R. is NOT complaining about campaign ads!!! LMBO

    September 25, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President.

    September 25, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. wolfpackbob

    Fact checking? How about the FACT there are fewer Americans working right now than in 2008?

    September 25, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Knucklehead

    To hear Republicans complain about the tone of the Presidential campaign is laughable. These are people that claim to be patriots, but defend an administration that outs a spy, lies to the American people about Iraqi efforts to obtain yellow cake uranium from Nigeria, and attack a Medal of Honor winner as a traitor, while their candidate had spent the Vietnam War boozing it up and chasing skirts around Biloxi. The party of Rove now wants to play nice? They are like that bully on the playground that asks to shake your hand and then punches you in the jaw with his left. Gutless.

    September 25, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Nietodarwin

    That "fact checkers" quote pretty much sums it all up. Obama/Biden 2012

    September 25, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. linda

    Romney and Ryan have NO issues, NO details, NO Foreign Policy, NO CLUE about the problems facing the middle Class much less the World....instead they just pick out WORDS from Obama's speeches and puts their spin on it.....BUMP IN THE ROAD was expained very clearly by Obama that with Change in these Middle East Countries to try to bring their dictators down there will be Bumps in the Road....he was not referring to the killing of our Ambassador Stevens.....when the Republicans don't have any constructive ideas they try to blame Obama, they try to accuse Obama and because he doesn't make the same stupid gaffes as Romney they try to pick out words and try to spin it to make it look like he is not capable of being Presidnet......America has already made up their minds as to who they are going to vote for and at this point Romney is just shooting himself in the foot.......OBAMA 2012

    September 25, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Rob

    President Obama's first priority – Make Sure The View Ratings Are High.

    Then if there is time maybe he look at that Middle East Thing.

    and just for the record I voted for him.

    September 25, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Bob

    Of course the Romney campaign was quick to jump on Obama's admission. I notice they made no such admission, even though the Romney ads tend to be grossly distorted, at best.

    September 25, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. GI Joe

    I'm not buying Ryan/Romney LIES. i don't know anyone who is.

    Obama/Biden 2012 (we vote in 7 days)

    September 25, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. FedUp

    Admitting his ads are "overboard" is probably the first time Obama has told the truth since he ran for office. Maybe there is hope for the man. Nope. Never mind. He is a politician, after all.

    September 25, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Bob

    I'll take Obamas occasional stretching of the truth over Rmoneys outright proven LIES.

    September 25, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Captain Obvious

    Romney whines entirely too much.

    September 25, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. skeptic

    The only problem I have with this is, the Democrats will not allow it to be a two way street. As soon as the ads become too close to the truth they raise the race card.

    September 25, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. calcman10

    Ms. Cutter is perhaps the biggest offender in all of this. Now she piles on by taking "fact checkers" quote from a Romney pollster out of context. He was speaking about how many view the fact-checkers (politifact and others) as the unbiased diviners of truth. They are not; they have an agenda as well.

    September 25, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. JKB

    I have yet to hear Romney admit any weaknesses in his campaign and yet he is trailing. Not only that, Ms. Cutter is correct in her assertion that Romney's campaign distorts and lies with no compunction.

    September 25, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. CTEd

    Really Romney?
    OMG The president's campaign may have made some mistakes here and there... OMG!!!
    Are some ads overboard? sure, but that's what Citizens United gets you, anyone can put out ads on behalf of any candidate so there will be lots of overboard ads.

    What are you GWB who can't think of a single mistake he made? Really?
    You sound like a 10 year old. jumping on a legit comment. I'll take the adult... ya know the guy who candidly states what we all know. Sometimes political campaigns flirt with lines, sometimes they go overboard and nobody runs a mistake free campaign.

    September 25, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. penny wright

    It is about time Democrats played hardball with the Republicans.

    As Adlai Stevenson said, "If the Republicans will stop lying about the Democrats, the Democrats will stop telling the truth about the Republicans."

    September 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Bill

    Yes the dems do take fact-checking seriously. So seriously it is rare that the dems allow fact-checkers. You will see them on repblican articles more than dem articles. It seems Obama will not allow it.

    September 25, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Paul

    So President Obama admits some of them are overboard. Where is MItt Romney? Sort of like the pot calling the kettle black here. Also Obamas lead campaign needs to stop pretending like her boss did not just say that. Just pull the obviously untrue ones.

    September 25, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Dave

    The Republicants have been slandering Obama for a while now and they object to strong ads against them? It's as though they are saying "lay down on these tracks, the out of control Republicant train will be by shortly". How ridiculous. The right consistently lies, mischaracterizes, takes phrases out of context, and just plain insults the intelligence of the electorate. Say Willard, how does the wig fit? Say Ryan, how is that 3 hour marathon going?

    September 25, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. TrueIndependent

    More disagreement among the democrats. Can't we just say yes the president is correct and we are making every effort to provide true and accurate information to the public...... Just like the 911 terrorist attack, no agreement and disregard for the intelligence of the American people...

    September 25, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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