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American Crossroads announces first ad buy of 2012 cycle [VIDEO]

American Crossroads, the conservative outside spending group founded by Karl Rove, has announced a $20 million ad campaign focused on President Obama’s handling of the economy.

Over the next two months, American Crossroads will air ads critical of the president in national and local markets in states they believe will be key in 2012. Among them: Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, and Virginia.

The first ad buy, which cost $5 million, begins Monday. The ad, “Shovel Ready,” focuses on President Obama’s stimulus package passed in 2009. The group bashes the president for his claims that passing the stimulus would turn the economy around.

Steven Law, president of American Crossroads, told The Hill: “President Obama may have inherited a recession, but his policies have made things worse for everyday Americans by running up the debt and causing economic uncertainty.”

“Now Obama seems checked out of efforts to reduce America’s dangerous debt load,” Law continued, “while his party is pushing massive tax increases and even more spending.”

American Crossroads Chairman Mike Duncan says he expects the group to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $120 million during the 2012 campaign.

The ad buy is consistent with Karl Rove’s claim that his group would remain neutral during primary season, focusing on attacking the president rather than Republican primary candidates. Duncan echoed the sentiment at a breakfast with the Christian Science Monitor: “It is important for us to clearly state that Crossroads…will not be involved in the Republican presidential primary. We are just not going to [get involved].”

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  • VerbalGee

    Wow that would be impressive if they had also mentioned that:

    1) unemployment is a lagging indicator of a recession
    2) the stock market has climbed since Obama took office
    3) the GDP has grown since he took office
    4) the national debt rose over 70% during conservative rule vs 35% with Obama
    5) unemployment only rose less than 2% with the country facing a depression
    6) gas was $1.86 when Bush left office…..the year before it was at $4/gal
    7) that Bush is responsible for the lions share of the national debt….something to the tune of 7 trillion….Obama has only increased it by 3 trillon and most of that spending was to undo the horrific policies that brought the world economy to its knees.

    And to think that anyone would listen to anything Karl Rove has to say after the state his ideology left this country in…..boggles the mind, really. Yeah, let’s listen to the guy who was helped bring the country to the brink of a depression.

    • masanf

      You are an absolute idiot. Wow, Obama is responsible for “only” $3 trillion while Bush is supposedly responsible for $7 Trillion. Repeat after me: OBAMA HAS BEEN IN OFFICE LESS THAN 2 AND A HALF YEARS, IDIOT. Unemployment is a lagging indicator? Oh give us a break. This is what Obamabots spout in desperation. What are you going to do, tell us that almost an entire presidency so far with 9% or greater unemployment is a sign of health? That it proves Obama has successfully shepherded our economy through tough times? Guess what? Initial jobless claims have been rising for weeks. Using your logic, that doesn’t really mean anything, because, after all, it is a lagging indicator. And since you have a habit of comparing Obama to Bush, unemployment under Bush averaged 5.27%, a number that is insignificantly different from the 5.21% of the Clinton years. The average unemployment under Obama? Let’s just say it would be laughable if so many people weren’t suffering.

      As for the stock market, it got to over 14000 under Bush. Amazing how the metrics that are supposed to prove Obama is doing so great somehow prove that Bush’s policies ruined the economy. Hey, unemployment has been over 9% for pretty much the entirety of Obama’s presidency, but the DOW is up, so it doesn’t matter(by the way, the stock market is down about 1000 points in the past two months). Yeah, try seeing how far you get with that one come election season.

      GDP has grown since Obama took office? Wow, growth so small that it doesn’t make a dent in unemployment is so impressive, isn’t it, you simpering, nauseatingly sycophantic Obamabot?
      The country was facing a depression? Yeah, sure thing. The only people who ever say that either belong to Obama’s economic team or are people who still actually believe he is doing a good job.

      Amazing how after almost 2.5 STRAIGHT years of a dreadful economy, morons on the left are still trying to blame Bush. Sorry, but no president in US history has gotten a benefit of the doubt so generous that after 2.5 years, he still gets to credibly blame his predecessor.

      The Karl Rove commercial is 100% factual. If you want to attack the messenger, go ahead, but only your increasingly small echo-chamber of devoted Obama as$kissers is still listening.

    • masanf

      Oh and by the way, the remaining two years of Bush’s presidency saw the Democrats in charge of both Houses of Congress, so you whole “conservative rule” thing is complete nonsense.

      • The Dancing Elephant

        When President Obama took office on January, 2009, the United States economy was in a state of collapse. Instead of blaming Obama for increasing the federal deficit, we should credit him with having prevented a full-blown economic depression. Let’s take a moment to review the events that caused this tragedy.

        1. The Republicans lied to us about the projected surplus back in 2001, and pushed through massive tax cuts for the wealthy. When President Bush’s Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neill, warned of a looming fiscal crisis, Vice-President Dick Cheney told us that “deficits don’t matter,” and promptly fired Mr. O’Neill. The Bush tax cuts added over $2 trillion to our nation’s debt.

        2. The Republicans did not safe guard America at home. It was George Bush – a Republican President – who disregarded the reports that Al Qaeda intended to attack America. Bush’s incompetence brought upon us the costly “Global War on Terror.” And the creation and funding of the Department of Homeland Security since 9/11 has added $1.1 trillion to our nation’s debt.

        3. Instead of completing the mission in Afghanistan when Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda leadership were hiding in the Tora Bora Mountains, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the Republicans shifted our focus from tracking down and killing Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to wage an unnecessary and costly war with Iraq. A war they sold to the American people with lies, fear mongering over weapons of mass destruction, and dreams of oil riches. This ill-advised war took a blood tool from our proud young soldiers and added over $2 trillion to our nation’s debt.

        4. Then in 2003 President Bush and the Republicans pushed through the costly Medicare, Prescription Drug, Modernization and Improvement Act. It lined the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies, provided spotty coverage for seniors’ prescription drugs, reduced coverage for low income and disabled persons, resulted in the loss of private employer-provided health insurance for as many, and added another $725 billion to our nation’s debt.

        5. For a generation the Republicans have championed the deregulation of the United States commercial and investment banking industries, enabling Wall Street to create derivatives, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the collapse of the United States housing market. In September 2008, as the stock markets plunged, credit markets seized up, and the financial system entered meltdown mode. President Bush gave us his parting gift – the $700 billion bank bailout program, known as TARP.

        I believe that it is time for the American public to realize just how completely the GOP has duped us and hold them accountable for their actions.

      • The Dancing Elephant

        From January, 2009 to January, 2011, the Democrats in Congress and President Obama sought to bring the economy back from the brink of depression. Passing and signing into law The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ($787 billion), the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (a law that will cut $1.2 trillion from our nation’s deficit over the next two decades), The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. And in April, 2011, President Obama presented his 2012 budget proposal, a budget that will provide $1.1 trillion in savings over the next decade, by increasing taxes, cutting spending, and investing in programs that help boost the US economy and make it more competitive.

        The Republican “Path to Prosperity” budget proposal calls for $6 trillion of cuts to programs that serve the poor and middle class, dismantles Medicare and Medicaid, but still provides $4 trillion dollars worth of tax cuts for the wealthy. The draconian Republican proposal would cut $1.6 trillion from the deficit over 10 years. So the Republicans call for an end to Medicare and Medicaid, stop the efforts of President Obama and the Senate Democrats to revive our economy, halt assistance to those of us who are unemployed or underemployed, and give even more tax cuts to the wealthy. Just think were the Republicans would have left us if they had succeeded in privatizing Social Security back in 2004.

        • Brutus2

          Long-winded BS is still BS. Obama has taken a recession that was caused by two-decades of criminally stupid housing giveaways to those who could not afford a rent payment, sent the housing market to Great Depression levels through still more criminally stupid interventions, then taken to the warpath against businesses sizing from the garage computer repair shop to major employers with the expected results of underemployment at Great Depression levels, placed the survival of the U.S. at risk by increasing annual deficits five-fold over his predecessor, and now seeks to impose crippling tax hikes on the job creators, thereby ensuring that he completes the transition from severe, but relatively short-lived, recession to a Depression so deep and long-lived as to render the 1930s a footnote in history.
          Of couse this doesn’t even mention a foreign policy apocalypse that has us cozying up to the most villainous dictators on the planet, while showing our most steadfast allies the back of his hand. But then I expect none of this to penetrate the denial of a devotee to the Church of Obama.

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  • azsmitty

    Poweful stuff! Love the quotations from NBC…….try spinning those numbers media matters!

  • Verde Asesino

    Kick Ass

  • Tess_Comments

    Great Commercial.
    I especially like “It is time to take away Obama’s Blank Check.

  • designerrant

    I was just getting into the bashing of Obama’s record when it ended!

  • baal

    Good. Kinda boring.

  • philF

    Good commercial. Needs to be better.