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. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama is a day late and a dollar short. We should look at what caused the economic collapse in the first place. It was Our Democrat colleges that decided that everybody could buy a house weather they could make the payments or not. Congressman Barney Frank and Chris Dodd pushed the bill and you know the results. Obama's istance that the so-called rich should pay more and Obama Care has slowed hiring to a crawl. You can take it apart and put it back together anyway you want to but it comes out the same. The answer is we need new blood in Washington. It's your vote.

    October 15, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. plain&simple

    @jpmichigan "significant economic growth"??? What does that mean? It's significant if you had no job and now do! Growth is good and It's happening because of Obama's policies....the ones, the obstructionists couldn't stop anyway! Obstruction stops growth or slows it down or alters It's course!!!! So either join in to create a future for our country or just sit there and complain and long for the good ole days.....

    October 15, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Keep it simple tomorrow night Mr. President, and make sure you immediately address Mitt's lies forcefully and with gravitas.
    Bon chance sir.
    Obam 2012.

    October 15, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. ghost

    Sorry guys, this is the story all over. Things are better than there were 4 years ago. Romney should not have tried to invoke a regan-esque moment. Conservatives, we know you need things to be bad in order to get your guy in. But face facts. All this nonsense about fake numbers and liberal leaning polls shpuld just stop. You guys are making yourselves look stupid.

    October 15, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. rs


    What you fail to see are two significant points-

    First- That returning to the policies of the GOP and G.W. Bush will end the same way- in a recession, with more jobs gone, a bigger defict and debt, and an even greater disparity between rich and poor in America.

    Second- think about this for a moment- If the GOIP (and their candidates care so much for American citizens and workes- why haven't they done ANYTHING to help the economy? Sure, they bailed out the banks and Wall Street, THEN THEY BAILED OUT. They refused to work with the President and the Democrats, instead perfecting ever more perverted forms of social law making around birth control and human reproduction. In case you haven't noticed- THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING!

    Vote Republican- Vote against yourself!

    October 15, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. John, PA

    Anyone who thinks a company (GM) that is 35 billion dollars in debt has been saved need their head examined! More importantly this company (GM) owes us the American tax payer; not investors. We the American people always lose under Obama.

    October 15, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Neutral Observer

    People keep on blabbing about how great the whole GM bailout went. I don't see how one can argue about how bad bailing out bankers is and then boast about how great the GM bailout is. Also I think all the taxpayer money (they still owe a ton of it) will prove to be a waste for they are still building cars that noone wants to buy. Folks, GM is still going to fail. We've heard about how the Obama advocating that defense contractors break the law buy waiting until after the election to announce layoffs, I wonder how much more will come out after the election

    October 15, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. rs

    Yeah, Ray, and those bankers and real estate people who got rich off of the home commissions, and sold homes people couldn't afford them by cooking the paperwork bear no responsibity-Right? You're the sort of clown that blames the rape victim too, I bet.

    How about derivitives? Who cooked that up? Meanwhile who gave away the American treasury to the 100,000 richest families in America, or declared two wars without budgeting for them?

    Face the GOP is a cancer on America.

    October 15, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Thomas

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


    Vote for Romney if you want to return to the GW Bush era economic policys they turned you full time job into a temp job. Then laid you off , then said work for minimum wage at Burger Brothers .

    Vote for Romney , he will send you children to war , but not his own . Romney a true Christian and a true patiriot .

    October 15, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. rs

    Kevin- the great bulk of Obama's election funds come from small donors- Unlike the million dollar contributions the GOP scoops up from Mr. Edelson and the Koch brothers.

    It makes sense really- the Democrats are for people, and the GOP: "Corporations ARE people".

    October 15, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. rla

    Obama dose nt as far as I can see have policies- Only speeches. Fool me once but not again... I actually remember that we elected this guy on HOPE AND CHANGE- Wow did we get conned

    October 15, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. gt

    obama has made it harder for business not easier....people know whats really like out here in the work force...

    October 15, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. rs

    Say, John- Please explain how losing several hundred thousand manufacturing jobs in GM, crushing a few thousand small businesses that support GM, plus their jobs, ending a hundred years of automobile manufacturing on these shores is in any way better than what we have today? GM sales are setting records, profits are being made, the loans are being paid back AND AMERICANS ARE WORKING. I realize for the anti-worker GOP that's hard to face- but that really is better for Amercia than "Baining" them out of existance.

    October 15, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. plain&simple

    @ria when you refuse to see whatever it is you wish not to....you will find you don't see much.

    October 15, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. rs

    Name one policy Obama put in place that makes anything harder for business. he cut their taxes, gave them incentives to hire, signed trade agreements abroad, and has gone after China for unfair trading.

    You cannot- that is just another GOP lie.

    October 15, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Wilson

    ""But it would be entirely unreasonable to return to the economic policies and prescriptions that caused the crash in 2007-2008. Obama/Biden 2012.""
    Exactly! We don't need to go back to a democratic controlled house and senate, who were the real causes of the "great recession."

    October 15, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Neutral Observer

    If you ever took the time to listen to the tea people, you'd know that they were against bailouts to bankers and realestate people also. Both those bailed out by Obama and those bailed out by Bush. I also think you also need to examine how B Frank and the Democrat controlled congress (Pres BO was then a member too) twisted arms to force banks to make horrible loans even when the bleep was hittiing the fan.

    October 15, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I can see this will take a while. WE have been doing things YOUR WAY the last 75 years. So, how do you think it is going? You happy with the results. Leahman Bro's lost 600 Billion dollars in the housing mess. But, we did it your way.47 Million are on Food Stamps today, but we did it your way, we have a 16 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt, but, we did it your way. Hell, people don't need jobs, just Food Stamps. You better take another look because the job you save may be your own. I have seen where people were making 6 figures one day and flipping hamburgers the next. There is NO short route to sucess. But you can try.

    October 15, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Wilson

    Am I better of than 4 years ago?? No. My paychecks are $13K a year less, traceable directly to this administrations policies. So, am I voting for Obama? A resounding No! That being said, is Romney the optimum candidate? No. He is "obama lite." But he will cause less damage than continuing full blown "obama" destruction.

    October 15, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    @rla – Obama dose nt as far as I can see have policies- Only speeches. Fool me once but not again... I actually remember that we elected this guy on HOPE AND CHANGE- Wow did we get conned
    Rla – yeah you are being conned, but not by Obama. Do a little FACT checking on the R&R promises and goals, and you will find that simply none are obtainable. If you vote for those bozos, you are shooting yourself in the foot !

    October 15, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. joe

    statistics show that middle and low income people are always better off under a democratic presidency yet more people vote republican. Why are people fooled by the repo hype? Independent voters are not really that independent this same study finds. Turn off the hype and lies and look at the numbers. 47% of us have been written off by the republican party. Wake up do you want the congress deciding about womans health issues or asking middle income people to pay more taxes so the wealthy don't have to. Do you want mitt deciding on weather we go to war in the middle east. Do you want his hand on the red button???? He derails china while his investments in China are making him a fortune. And his money is kept tax free in the caymens and in a swiss account. Forward 2012 I will trust ol Joe over ryan any day.

    October 15, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. rs


    The TEA Party is a fully subsidised, bought and paid for arm of the GOP. Why in the world would I listen to the rabble let loose by the Koch brothers and Carl Rove?

    October 15, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. rs

    It will take a long time. Since Reagan the working man has been the loser, while the GOP has cut taxes for the rich. Then what? Personified by vulture capitalists (like those at Bain), companies were give tax breaks to ship American jobs and factories overseas.

    The effect? Today we have more millionairs and billionaires than at anytime in American history- and the greatest number living in poverty. What does the GOP propose? Why MORE tax breaks to the rich, and let's take away the voting rights of the poor.

    October 15, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. James AL

    I don't understand why people have not factored into their thinking the blatant OBSTRUCTION of the republicans. That is something I think they should pay for with the loss of the house – again! They purposely caused us, the people, to suffer longer just to make the president a failure. And what is worse, it didn't work.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 15, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Neutral Observer

    Ha! "Statistics show"? Show me those. I guess if you type "statistics show" in front of anything you expect it to be taken as true.

    October 15, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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