Video: From a new Democratic ‘SuperPAC,’ an ad to counteract Crossroads

posted at 11:25 am on June 29, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Priorities USA Action, a Democratic “SuperPAC,” today released this campaign ad to counteract ads from Crossroads GPS, the 501(c)(4) arm of American Crossroads, a conservative non-profit political organization founded by Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove:

Compare it to the first in the series of Crossroads GPS ads:

The difference between the two is pretty readily apparent. Whereas the Crossroads GPS ad relies on outside sources (NBC’s “Meet the Press” and quotes from President Obama himself, for example) and emphasizes facts, the Priorities USA piece speaks in broad generalities and makes sweeping, unsupported claims.

“We are Americans,” the ad begins. “We know right from wrong and we know the ads blaming President Obama for the economy are ‘politics at its worst.’”

It accuses Republicans of “opposing economic reform at every turn” and predictably suggests the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) plan will “essentially end Medicare for future retirees [and] slash education, while giving huge tax breaks to Big Oil and the wealthy.”

But the ad does nothing to actually answer the facts presented in the Crossroads GPS ad: Unemployment up 25 percent (more than 14 million Americans out of work!), the national debt up by 35 percent and gas prices up 104 percent.

Surely the public won’t fall for it, even though Priorities USA designed its ad campaign to target the most crucial constituencies.

A source with knowledge of the spot from Priorities USA told CNN the buy is approximately $750,000, compared to the $5 million spent by Crossroads.

But the source said the conservative buy is spread out over states with “varying levels of competitiveness,” whereas Priorities USA is focused on states the group knows are competitive.

“We never expected we would be able to match Karl Rove dollar-for-dollar but we have a smarter advertising strategy and are running more effective ads,” the source said. “We just formed a couple months ago but will be ramping up our activity especially as we get closer to the end of this year.”

The Democratic SuperPAC itself just launched in April, but clearly aims to be a competitive force in the 2012 elections.


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i bet it will convince many. its not heavy on facts but neither are the American public. just sayin. media presence is what its all about.

Drunk Report on June 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM

The one advantage democrats always have, is their uninhibited willingness to lie and a complicit media that will not hold them accountable.

Democrats win with the help of the lame stream media.

Republicans win despite the lame stream media.

BruthaMan on June 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Democrat policies will end Medicare as we know it.

Run with that.

GardenGnome on June 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM

“…we know the ads blaming President Obama for the economy are ‘politics at its worst.’””

Blame Obama: Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!

Blame BOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHH!: Goooooooooooooood!

pilamaye on June 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Eeeevvvvaaaalllll Boooooooosssshhhhh…………….

Blame the Joooooozzzzzzzzzzzzzz……….

Roy Rogers on June 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Counter ad: Do you want changes in medicare or would you prefer it just fricking dies? If you chose “just fricking dies” you are a Democrat, who it seems all have no ability to comprehend 3rd grade math.

Tim Zank on June 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

It accuses Republicans of “opposing economic reform at every turn”

Yes, back in 2005 when Bush tried to pass some legislation to rein in some of the accounting abuses and insane lending policies pushed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it was Republicans like Barney Frank and Barack Obama who opposed it, insisting that everything was hunky dory in the mortgage market, and would be that way forever.

AZCoyote on June 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Yeah….facts be damned. It’s the NARRATIVE that counts. These adds really aren’t going to sway anyone. Those that believe the top ad are already in that camp. The bottom ad just uses facts, but those that know the facts already are in that camp.

Unless this bottom ad runs constantly on CNN or MessNBC, there’s no real value.

IMHO

Sponge on June 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Liberals never seem to let facts get in the way of a good, heartfelt slander……

search4truth on June 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM

That is a very poorly made Ad.

antisocial on June 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Counter-ad
Paul Ryan’s plan does not contain death panels.

This link to a Mr. Show skit seems appropriate tooThe Fairsley Difference

Skywise on June 29, 2011 at 11:52 AM

If you think you’re going to out strategize Karl Rove there’s some beach property by Kansas City.

Speakup on June 29, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Liberals never seem to let facts get in the way of a good, heartfelt slander……

search4truth on June 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Of course, why engage in thoughtful, reasonable debate when you can just send out an attack dog like a Chris Matthews or an Ed Shultz, or a Randi Rhodes and let them slander the daylights out of the other guy?

pilamaye on June 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

And which party who voted in Obamacare also voted to to take tens of billions form medicare???

Nuff’ said

Run it home GOP

b1jetmech on June 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Pretty selective with the facts there. The liberals have been destroying the middle class (not to mention families) since the early 1960s. What happened to the can do attitude of Americans? I for one do not want the government, or anyone for that matter taking care of me. They do not have my best interests at heart and only see me as a magical ATM machine.

Tommy_G on June 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I don’t see any way to counter the barrage of scare-mongering commercials that will saturate those folks “looking at” reruns of Barnaby Jones, Matlock, and Murder She Wrote.

These people get scared, and they vote. Checkmate, unfortunately.

MassVictim on June 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

It’s good to be on the Left, no rules required.

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Maybe rather than appearing in these ads, these old folks would be better off just taking a pain pill.

saint kansas on June 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Surely the public won’t fall for it

No? Tina, by chance were you out of the country on November 4, 2008?

Western_Civ on June 29, 2011 at 12:02 PM

The Big Lie. Say it often enough and people will believe it.

petefrt on June 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM

They forgot to mention one thing…

“We are Americans,” the ad begins. “We know right from wrong and we know the ads blaming President Obama for the economy we inherited from President Bush are ‘politics at its worst.’”

Also,

I’m a Democrat because I’m an American and I know right from wrong. I also recognize cheap political ploys like those employed by the evil Republican Congressmen who mask their efforts to kill your grandmother, disenfranchise voters, and enslave black people with platidues and euphamistic nonsense words like “unsustainable.”

We all know that everything is sustainable once Change is applied, and with a little Hope, the government can solve all our problems.

I’ll pretty much just leave it at that, because you know that you can trust the Democrats to make good decisions…because, you know, they know right from wrong, and their three favorite words are Hope, Change, Jobs, and “the word.”

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 29, 2011 at 12:06 PM

the Priorities USA piece speaks in broad generalities and makes sweeping, unsupported claims.

That is how you know it is official democrat party line.

Vashta.Nerada on June 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Tim Zank on June 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Not necessarily. I want Medicare to die. The Constitution gives no authority for government involvement in health care.

“essentially end Medicare for future retirees [and] slash education, while giving huge tax breaks to Big Oil and the wealthy.”

Well, good. As a future retiree, I have never thought I would see medicare or Social Security, anyway. Education has not benefited from the endless stream of money pumped into it, and Big Oil and the wealthy actually provide something no member of Congress does: jobs. Slash away.

DrMagnolias on June 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM

the Priorities USA piece speaks in broad generalities and makes sweeping, unsupported claims.

CHANGE! Yes we can!

Apparently 53% of the electorate responds to broad generalities and sweeping, unsupported claims.

John Deaux on June 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I’m shocked that a product of leftist, Marxist garbage would once again, not feature actual people affected by the Paul Ryan plan, but someone at least 20 years past.

What is it about being a leftist piece of trash compels one to pathologically lie?

MNHawk on June 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

You should never underestimate the culpability and naivete of the Left’s base.

PJ Emeritus on June 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Nearly every democrat ad tries to manipulate people emotionally. They don’t deal with facts and figures. Conservatives and libertarians go with hard facts, figures and conclusions. Liberalism is nearly always about emotion. Ever notice that liberals are okay with huge fortunes amassed by entertainers and artists? Why? Because these people “touch us” emotionally and so deserve their wealth. But business, that’s so, so, so cold and all about evil profit. Business people who become wealthy have done so by using other people. Artists become wealthy by “giving of themselves and touching our hearts”. Gag me. It’s a bunch of BS, but it seems to work for them, sad to say.

BillyWilly on June 29, 2011 at 12:23 PM

We are not blaming Obama for the economy, we are blaming him because he is totally incompetent on how to fix it and just makes the problem he inherited much worse. Obama makes Carter look almost like a relevant human being.

volsense on June 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Anyone else notice that the Democrats’ ad was almost lily white (14 out of 15)? And the traditional WASP family at the end? Since the Democrats claim to support “non-traditional” and minority families, why don’t they put out an ad depicting a family with, for example, two dads? Or an inter-racial family?

aunursa on June 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Wouldn’t politics at its worst be an an filled with 5 falsehoods and scare tactics? Maybe I’m crazy, but whoever made that ad clearly doesn’t see the irony.

I wonder about the sanity of people like this. How do you just flat out tell such blatant lies, when any fool with a tiny bit of knowledge can refute every bogus claim you make?

TheBlueSite on June 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Typical.
Republicans present facts.
Democrats say, “Oh yea poopy pants!!

JayVee on June 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Some one should say something to the effect that the republican plan would allow current retieries to keep getting what they have, while the democrat plan will take it all away when the system collapses under the weight of new retirees.

Count to 10 on June 29, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Yes, back in 2005 when Bush tried to pass some legislation to rein in some of the accounting abuses and insane lending policies pushed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it was Republicans like Barney Frank and Barack Obama who opposed it, insisting that everything was hunky dory in the mortgage market, and would be that way forever.

AZCoyote on June 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Absolutely; the progs flew into a full panic. ACORN, the racist Raza, Fannie and Freddie and their allies in Congress immediately put together ads saying that those mean Republicans were going to take away their homes? Remember the little girl with the teddie bear, her mother leading her out of the vacated home?

Republicans have been trying to fix Fannie and Freddie for many years, and have always been cut off at the knees by democratics, with a filibuster in the Senate as a last resort. Democratics own the financial meltdown.

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Yeah, those democrats sure have changed the tone of politics.

Evil fear mongering Republicans!!!! Oh wait, it’s the Democrats this time.

Way to keep those promises Obama.

Scrappy on June 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM

The one advantage democrats always have, is their uninhibited willingness to lie and a complicit media that will not hold them accountable.

BruthaMan on June 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Their Taqqiya

Axeman on June 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Maybe rather than appearing in these ads, these old folks would be better off just taking a pain pill.

saint kansas on June 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Byoo-tiful! Pain-pill Barry!

Axeman on June 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM

“We are Americans,” the ad begins. “We know right from wrong and we know the ads blaming President Obama for the economy are ‘politics at its worst.’”

WHO THE HELL IS “WE”?

GarandFan on June 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

It must be depressing to be a Democrat. Their party always wants to make them look like pathetic victims.

wren on June 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Saw the new Priorities USA Action ad on local cable TV here in Gulfside Central Florida.

Dandapani on July 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM