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. Darrell

    Earth to Karl "Boy Genius" Rove: You spent millions of other people's money...and you lost big time. Dude, you are a loser. The rich will be paying higher tax rates. And the middle-class will get a tax break.

    December 5, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  2. Steve

    this should be as effective as their efforts in the 2012 campaign... 2-3 percent efficiency is what rove operates at now.

    December 5, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  3. Squigman

    Okay. Here's a few banners or sky writings for the democrats. Remember ENRON. Remember Oliver North. Remember Bush calling Ken Lay, Kenny boy. Remember the veterans with disabilities act. Shame on the republicans in the senate. What a show of no backbone that was.

    December 5, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  4. Yonni

    This is another shady group advertizing for the shady party. We need a viable opposition party to maintain our democracy and we end up with the current GOP.

    December 5, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  5. CaliforniaBC

    Well once the Republicans, who have moved very far to the right, move to the middle THEN we cna have a bipartisan effort.
    The political middle is in the same place but just because the GOP has moved so far away from it does not put the responsibility on the Democrats to move beyond the middle to meet them. The Republicans are the ones who have to do most of the work since they let themselves become so extreme.

    December 5, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  6. Jon

    Let the Bush era tax cuts expire, leverage problem solved. Next.

    December 5, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  7. Jake

    People still give this clown money? You would think they would have learned their lesson by now.

    December 5, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  8. rsimcox

    You know... the last go around I blamed the republicans for insisting on no new taxes (revenues as the democrats tell us). There has to be give and take on both sides to govern. I usually also go with the fact if you have to split hairs you err on the side of the president. I find myself applauding the repubs who are going along with either tax increases on those making more than 250 thousand or closing off deductions that would amount to the same thing. They didn't go that far before. But the democrats are either not adding to the tax cuts, going backwards, or saying we'll talk about it later. Talk about it later? What politician is going to buy that baloney? You know there are plenty of small businesses that use personal taxes that will be affected by the 250,000 increase, and you know... if that's what it takes to get both sides talking I'm cool with that. But come on... possible proposals that maybe we'll tak about later that might get us 200, billion in cuts? That's an embarrassing offer from the liberal side of the spectrum. Let's get real here, otherwise let's head to the cliff hand in hand.

    December 5, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  9. 111Dave111

    Rove wasted the CG money on losers before November, why not keep wasting it.
    Apparently the rich would rather waste the money, than stimulate the economy or finance retirement for the middle class.

    December 5, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  10. skytag

    I got a robocall from Crossroads GPS once full of lies and distortions about Obama trying to convince me to vote against him.

    December 5, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  11. Stopthemadness

    I love how these people want to twist and play with words with out using facts.

    December 5, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  12. StoptheBS

    America already spoke on this topic on Election Day – exactly who do these groups represent? Oh the 48/49% that voted for the other guy with a same plan that's leading this unnecessary crisis.

    December 5, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  13. Smoke and Mirrors

    Does anyone really care what Karl Rove thinks? We need young republicans... Preferably ones that have an ounce of reality in their thinking. And no holy rollers please. Christian is good... Really smart and Christian is better.

    December 5, 2012 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  14. SC

    Karl Rove, keep pumping money into our economy by buying air time on TV channels. We need it as part of our economic recovery. Many thanks. Once all your money is gone, only then do you remember that Obama won in 2012.

    December 5, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  15. Wise1Speak


    Mitt Romney learned that you just can't keep posting ad lies and expect the American people to buy every lie. Now Karl Rove's "Crossroads GPS" is following in Romney's footsteps with more boldface ad lies. The American public knows very well that President Obama's minimum request for a fiscal cliff deal was a simple request to:

    (1.) – increase tax rates by 4% to Bill Clinton era rates for couples making more than $250,000.00 annually;

    (2.) – allow tax-cuts for middle-class Americans (roughly 98% of the country) to remain the same low rate for couples making less than $250,000.00.

    December 5, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  16. TJeff1776

    And yet, IF these pressure groups are so powerful, why didn't they win the recent election. "Paper tigers" is their best description. A Carl Rove blowoff. Ever attempting to appear bigger that he is.

    December 5, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  17. martiner

    What a waste of ad time and money for a losing cause.

    December 5, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  18. One Truth

    This 2nd failed attempt by the dieing busy brain to buy public opinion will backfire once again... they are digging their own grave.


    December 5, 2012 03:55 am at 3:55 am |

    More lies from the unhinged GOBP tea potty. They love to waste money telling lies. Nov 6 taught them nothing.

    December 5, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  20. Marie MD

    You lost with 51% of the vote. It think we outnumber you fools!

    December 5, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  21. GovtReform

    We have 2 wars, bailouts and tax cuts, all previously unfunded, to pay for. The taxes for the top 2% NEED to go back to pre-Bush rates. Most are investing the breaks they are given in COMMUNIST CHINA. Wake up people.
    Since the poor and middle class get to fight the wars, there is no reason in the world why Rove, and his friends, can't pay for the wars themselves.
    This guy Rove belongs in JAIL. He is a traitor to the country. Only in America, and only inthe GOP, could a traitor remain a political organizer.

    December 5, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  22. rogus

    It doesnt have to be, nor should it be balanced. It has to be FAIR.

    December 5, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  23. Trevor

    It is amazing what the rich will do to avoid taxes. They control over 90% of the money in the US but do not even pay the majority of taxes. That's what the rest of us are for. To make sure the rich get to stay that way. Keep voting republican folks.

    December 5, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  24. Jules

    Oh, for sure that will work. Let's spend our millions advocating cuts in the programs that help a large number of Americans – social security, medicare, medicaid, education, etc. Just keep digging, guys.

    December 5, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  25. DENNA

    The group, part of the American Crossroads groups founded by Karl Rove, promises this is a "first step in a larger effort."
    Wow. I didn't think Karl would rebound this quickly from the Obama win. Oh well. Anyway, aren't you done spending money trying to influence anything? That worked so well for the presidential election didn't it? Juding from the amount of money spent to keep Barack Obama from being reelected, I am guessing that these same people could do with a tax increase that would barely provide a bump in their wealth. It is time to stop balancing the budget of this country on the retirees and anyone else who isn't rich. Stop it! A small tax increase on the wealthy will not cause them to be on the welfare line. Geez-O-Pete!

    December 5, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
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