Obama ad makes case for economic policies
October 15th, 2012
08:20 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama ad makes case for economic policies

(CNN) – The latest spot from President Barack Obama's re-election team focuses on an improving economy through the voices of middle class American workers, who argue for a second Obama term by pointing to a slow but noticeable recovery.

"We've gone from pulling into our parking lot, which was so depressing – there would be 2 or three cars in this parking lot – to our parking lot being full," says one woman in the ad, which was released Monday.

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Another continues, "We have a whole second shift that we brought in, new employees, and we have a future at our plant now."

The next two speakers point to Obama's economic policies as drivers of the improvements they're seeing: "When you look at the president's plan I don't think there can be any question that we're on the right course for today's economy," one says.

"President Obama does get what people need and that's jobs and the opportunity to help themselves," says another.

"Stick with this guy. He will move us forward," asserts the final speaker, using Obama's campaign slogan.

Obama's campaign said the new commercial would air in the battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, and Virginia.

Democrats hope improving jobs figures over the past few months will boost Obama's re-election chances. In September, unemployment fell to 7.8%, the same rate as January 2009 when Obama took office.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Where was this filmed? The Chevy Volt plant?

    October 15, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We are going to need more companies to hire the people the Koch Bros. owned companies are planning to fire if they vote Obama, they're already shooting at Obama's campaign offices not caring who they endanger. Think about the brave little 14 year old girl in Pakistan who spoke out for her rights.

    October 15, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. rla

    What policy??? Can anyone produce it??? NOPE he gave a speech! This President has only one thing in mind –getting reelected and the other things he should be doing be dammed

    October 15, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    There is no doubt the economy is improving with no help from the gop bum party ,and they will pay for it on Nov 6.

    October 15, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. BinaryTooth

    This ad is an example of how Obama and the Democrats believe Americans are not very smart. If you believe Obama has done a good job with the economy then you need to educate yourself. There should have been a dramatically good rebound from the horrible dive in the economy experienced. But Obama's policies have held the recovery back.

    October 15, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. marie99

    More propaganda from the Obama team. America is hurting across the nation. Obama's economic policies are like cancer.In the last 4 years everyone knows of someone who has been touched by the failures of this admiinstration.
    This disease has mestazied to putting America at risk for another terrorist attack on the homeland.
    God save this great country.
    Romney/Ryan the real hope for America to move foward.

    October 15, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Fact

    Obama has a realistic plan that is working. Given the Great Recession, it is reasonable to think things would take time to rebuild. As we all know, true long-term success takes dedication, hard-work, and a steady hand.

    October 15, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Publius Novus

    There is no doubt that the current recovery is going slower than we would like. Reasonable people can disagree on why the recovery is not proceeding faster. But it would be entirely unreasonable to return to the economic policies and prescriptions that caused the crash in 2007-2008. Obama/Biden 2012.

    October 15, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. groundedinfact

    They should be running these ads in Ohio and Florida too!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!
    CUOMO/WARREN 2016!

    October 15, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Obama's economic policies are a total disaster.

    Job creation is pitiful, unemployment is being grossly understated, American companies are being bought out by foreign interests, all investment in green energy has been totally WASTED, the energy policy is horrendous, and all that has resulted, is humongous debt!

    There IS NO CASE at ALL, for allowing any continuation of Obama economic policies.

    October 15, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. GHETTE

    Umm ...I hear all of Mitts complaint as to what this president didn't do right or do at allor did wrong or did too slow or did out of order .I hear Mitts claims of what this president doesn't understand about this subject or that subject ....but I have yet to hear of one specfic plan or set of plans to get us so called on the right track..I guess a slow and steady recovery with new health care policies, equal pay for women policies, non anti gay military policy, fairer tax code policy, more tax incentive not to export jobs policy , more manufacturing and exporting goods policy and anti terrorism policies are not the right track for America . Then Mitt pleease tell us in plain english without a later spokesperson cleaning up your statement , WHAT is the right track for america?

    October 15, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. West Coast

    Vote for Obama if you think working for McDonald's is a viable replacement job after you've been laid off.

    October 15, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F

    We are recovering from the Bush/republican disaster, the worst economic mess in years, with no help from any republicans. Imagine if the republicans had voted for the jobs bills and the veterans jobs bills, how much lower the the 7.8% unemployment rate would be.

    October 15, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Anthony

    Romney says that Obama is running away from his record. Romney is the one who keeps running away from his record and positions. Remember that he was governor of Massachusetts who passed a healthcare plan with an individual mandate? Never mind that . He used to support abortion rights and gun control. Forget about them. He used to believe that humans cause climate change. Now he says that he doesn't know what causes climate change. He said that he is a "severe" conservative in the Republican primary. Well, he was a Massachusetts moderate in the first debate. He said last month that he stood behind his comment that the 47% of Americans who don't pay income tax see themselves as victims. Now he says that he is completely wrong about the 47%. He said that he would give everyone a tax cut. Now he says that the rich won't get a net tax cut, because he will close tax loophole for the rich. Closing all loopholes for the rich won't help, because there are not enough of them in the tax code to make up for the 20% tax cut.

    The challenge in debating Romney is that there are so many versions of Romney. Which Romney do you believe?

    October 15, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. AL in West Palm Beach, FL

    and the people who are affected.

    I'd call this ad EFFECTIVE.

    October 15, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. kevin

    Well, well trying to do a magic trick here. First the unemployement numbers are wrong because Calfornia failed to report their numbers on time. GDP is barely there at a little over 1%. Biden got it right when he said the middle class got crushed these last four years. There are small gains but nothing like what Obama wants you to believe. If Obama is so for the middle class why hasn't he held any fund raisers middle class people can come to? Paying 10,000 to 50,000 a head is not middle class affordable. Wait until 1-1-13 when the tax cuts go away and healthcare taxes kick in and see who the burden falls on. We can't afford 4 more years of Obama.

    October 15, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is would Romney have supported (or taken) the actions that lead to this plant having a second shift of workers? I can't honestly tell if he would care or know enough to say he would.

    October 15, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Kenny M.Mwansa

    Dr.John C.Maxwell,An American Expart on LEADERSHIP,defined the LAW OF CONNECTION...."A Leader Touches The Heart Before Asking For A Hand".
    That is a classic case of Barack Obama's style of leadership.He uses the Law of Connection very well.One more thing,he is likeable.These are artributes Mitt Romney lacks.To me he lost me on the 47% remark.I don't care about Romney surge,without the Law of Connection,it will still be an uphill battle for him.I look forward to the next debate which will people to firmly believe in Obama.Man,he make his case.

    October 15, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. plain&simple

    Slow and steady wins ! I'm tired of the quick fix.....save that for when you desperately need one. This country in this day and age needs to be on a slow growth path,It's sustainable by definition. Bubbles pop but sure are pretty until they do. The last four years have been spent clearing the mess from that pop. Now let's not let a bubble brain create another bubble. Change takes determination,courage and vision. Obama has those embedded in his character.....Romney has the silver spoon mentality.

    October 15, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Flipity Flop Voter Supressor Romney

    Knock him dead, Obama!

    October 15, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. enuff

    I know... let's put together an "impartial" committee to discuss it (wink, wink) and we'll include Grover Nordquist. Then we'll call it news... right CNN?

    October 15, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. jpmichigan

    Thedisaster started long before Bush. It started when banks were pressured to give house loans for American who could notafford them, through the COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT. No one has asked the Obama administration about the Presidents involvement in getting low income Chicageans loans, through law suits, when he practice for a short time as a lawyer (1995). Can't blame Bush for eliminating tens of thousands of jobs at car dealerships, that were forced to close by Obmas auto team, nor is is his fault that 20,000 nonunion Dellphi retirees had their pensions sttipped by actions of the Obama administration. Life looks better now than in 2009, if you are union worker, illegeal immigrant, to the record number receiving food stamps (due to no jobs) to campaign supporters who had recieved subsidies to proprop up their businesses. But for everyone else, Obama will have to explain why his policies. not Bush's, had failed to spur a resumption of significant economic growth.

    October 15, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Thomas

    Romney = Bush

    Definition of Insanity , doing the same thing and expecting a defiant result.

    Look who Romney has as economic advisers . They all worked under or for GW BUSH .

    October 15, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. flforobama

    It kills Me to hear these wRong_mney idiots defend a man that sooner or later will take their jobs.. Not to mention these ahole CEOs threatening the "middle class" employees to vote for these fools. I smell a law suite waiting to happen. Its no wonder in the last four year the unemployment has gone up. The Rich have hoarded everyones raise to help mitt Rob-mney ...
    Wake up ppl, ask urslef how long did it yake or is it taking you yo get urself ouy of debt.
    No imagine an entire nation. Vote for Obama 2012

    October 15, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. rs

    The choice is clear- do we want a President who is for corporations and good jobs for the Middle Class (Mr. Obama), or one who just works for the plutocratic class (Mr. Romney) who said boldly in a Wall Street Journal editorial-"Let Detroit go bankrupt" in 2009?

    Sure, Romney may flip and flop, but at the end of the day if he does anything good for the American worker it will be purely accidental- he only cares about the rich, and his 20% tax cut proves it. His economic policies are that of George W. Bush- and we've already seen how that story ends.

    October 15, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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