First on CNN: Republican advocacy group to step up efforts to pressure Obama
December 4th, 2012
08:00 PM ET
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First on CNN: Republican advocacy group to step up efforts to pressure Obama

Washington (CNN) - In the first advertising effort to support the Republicans in the ongoing fiscal cliff debate, the advocacy group Crossroads GPS will go on television Thursday trying to push the White House to offer more spending cuts as part of any deal. The group is buying $500,000 worth of time on national cable, including on CNN, as well on stations in the Washington area during the Sunday public affairs programs.

The group, part of the American Crossroads groups founded by Karl Rove, promises this is a "first step in a larger effort."

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The commercial begins with President Barack Obama saying: "If we are serious about reducing the deficit we have to combine spending cuts with revenue." Then the narrator says: "so far a huge tax increase is his solution. No real spending reforms. Instead more taxes."

The ad continues: "The time for politics has ended. We need bipartisan ideas we can all support. Call President Obama and tell him it's time to show us a balanced plan because every day wasted is another $4 billion we are deeper in debt."

The offer conveyed by the White House to congressional leaders last week included $1.6 trillion in revenue over 10 years, mostly from letting tax rates on the wealthiest Americans go up. It also proposes up to $400 billion in health care savings and $200 billion in other spending cuts.

"President Obama's idea of a balanced plan is that we pay more and government gets to spend more. The White House has yet to propose significant spending cuts to go along with its massive proposed tax hikes. Serious revenue concessions have been made, but Obama won't take yet for an answer," Steve Law, Crossroads' GPS CEO, said in a statement.

Democrats have also weighed in with a coalition of labor groups last month airing an ad saying any deal should not include major cuts in entitlement programs, and organizers from Obama's campaign have been urging followers to push Congress to pass legislation already approved by the Senate to extend tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year.

Filed under: Crossroads GPS • Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    These tricks never work in democracy........

    December 4, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Russ

    Hello!!!! The election is over. President Obama won. The Democrats promised tax increases on the top 2% and maintaining the lower rate on the rest of us. He has plenty of budget cuts in his proposal that the Rebulicans keep saying no to only because their rich friends have to pay a little more in taxes. Enough with the damn political ads already. You have already made the country sick of them now stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 4, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Canuck

    Cut the defence budget, why is that so hard to do???

    December 4, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. David

    If the plutocratic crossroads doesn't like it, it is good for the common man.

    December 4, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Big money can buy these ads. It couldn't buy Romney the Presidency. We need spending cuts and increased revenue. We don't need sweet deals especially for those who are already living large.

    December 4, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. mcskadittle

    so what pressure can they put on him? there is not another election for Obama

    December 4, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. SafeJourney

    Keep it up repubs. Midterms are comming and if you continue on this path, you WILL pay the price and lose more and more elections and go the way of the dinosaurs.

    December 4, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Smeagel4T

    The GOP has yet to propose significant revenue increases to go along with its massive proposed spending cuts.

    December 4, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. MaryM

    Remember republicans, if America goes over this financial cliff, You, republicans will get the blame. That means you will be voted OUT of office

    December 4, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. JoJo

    Karl Rove is a borderline sociopathic character disorder, like Dick Cheney. Grover Norquist is an economic terrorist with weapons of mass financial destruction. Other than that, they seem like pretty nice guys.

    December 4, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Ex-GOPCon

    Sigh...the obstructionist right really need to stop trying to tank the economy to make President Obama a one-term President.

    The GOP have spent TRILLIONS (not millions nor billions...TRILLIONS). The bill has come in and it's time they paid for it.

    December 4, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Deb in MT

    Way to go, GOPers. You do understand that you just lost an election (lost seats in the House, lost seats in the Senate, and continued to lose the WH) in which the President's ideas were presented to the voters and were chosen over yours, don't you?

    And, yet, here you go running more ads against the President, and pushing your inane rejected philosophy and throwing more money out there. O.K. Once again you are proving absolutely incapable of compromise and coherent thought. Keep it up, guys: I can hardly wait to vote against you in 2014.

    December 4, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    More lies from Karl Rove. But he does give me an idea: I will call President Obama and tell him that $1.6 trillion in tax increases for the top end are exactly what we need to get our economy back in balance.

    Thanks, Karl! Next time why don't you spend your clients' money paying down the national debt - it would be better PR than the garbage you put on the airwaves.

    December 4, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. independent

    These guys are trying to push America over the cliff. Lower credit rating, collapsing stock market, contracting economy, what do they care, they have their millions to get through the worst of it. I hope all you GOP voters have your millions set aside too.

    December 4, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Debbie

    Karl, Karl, Karl, try as you may the election is over and Obama won. He won because a majority of American's liked his message more than the GOP.

    December 4, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. willied

    What part of this didn't work during the election and will not work now. Karl Rove and fans need to just go away

    December 4, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Openasciencebook

    The GOP and CrGPS are performing the same old song and dance – they think that Americans are stupid. We weren't b4 the election and aren't now. In fact, we're getting smarter. We now see who we need to vote out of the House and Senate and they don't even see it coming! Keep listening to doughboy.

    December 4, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. wiseone

    There was a time when bipartisan negotiating was expected and the government moved forward. Congressmen who participate in pledges that prohibit them compromise on essential government business may not be commiting anything illegal, but certainly place themselves in immoral degradation. Democracy is a right that was created by men who would rather die than be denied the freedom to debate and vote for the interest of the good of the people. Republicans operate on a premise that their philosophy is right and everything else should not be considered. This is why the GOP brand is slowly becoming a process that will no longer be interwoven into the fabric of a forward, diverse, tolerant, land of opportunity for all, called America!!!

    December 4, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Pi_Man

    I fear that the fiscal cliff is coming which is fine by me. The deficit will go down and then Congress will be forced to come to an agreement about a new budget, because almost any deal would be better than the fiscal cliff. Another positive thing would be that Republicans will have their spending cuts, and Democrats will have their tax hikes.

    December 4, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. yogi

    Rove knows no shame, he and American Crossroads are desperately trying to protect the 1%, and calling Obama's tax increases for the rich "massive proposed tax hikes".

    December 4, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Thomas

    The group, part of the American Crossroads groups founded by Karl Rove, promises this is a "first step in a larger effort."

    Karl Rove , don't make me laugh so hard , my coffee just went out my nose .

    December 4, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Ed1

    Obama lied his way in the first four years why would anybody think the second four years wouldn't be the same.

    No budget passed in four years and you think that will change now. Obama doesn't know how to do anything but spend tax dollars that are not his to spend make him accountable along with the Senate the Congress is doing what they were elected to do stop the out of control spending. The present Congress was sent in two years ago to do just that and guess what they were for the most part re-elected so I guess the majority of the people want the spending to stop.

    December 4, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  23. CraigRB

    I'm surprised that the Republicans are having anything to do with Karl Rove after their election disaster.

    December 4, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. J.V.Hodgson

    Now we see the real damage of the Citizens united decision. TV advertising not only to try to win elections but also to influence the direction of congressional policy and voting.
    It will get worse before it gets better.
    The American dream is dead under Republicans only the rich get what they want the rest are the 47 % who dont matter anyways and half of the others the 47 % that lost the election are flailing around believing in a myth that died years ago along with the current political gridlock.

    December 5, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  25. MrManhattan

    "The time for politics has ended."

    Which is why Rove's political PAC is spending half a million dollars on ads.

    December 5, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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