Rove Group's Ad: Obama Has Economy Hanging by a Thread

Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 10:08 AM

By Martin Gould

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Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS group debuted a new television and Internet ad attacking President Barack Obama’s spending policies on Wednesday, saying the U.S. economy is “hanging by a thread.”

The $3.5 million ad uses dramatic three-dimensional graphic images and features heavy containers with labels such as “tax increases,” “high unemployment,” “soaring gas prices,” and “reckless government spending” being loaded on to a giant pallet.

As the weight gets heavier, the cables supporting the pallet begin to fray. All the adults standing underneath get out, leaving only children underneath. “Maybe we won’t be crushed when our economy snaps,” the voiceover says as the camera pans into the eyes of a terrified young girl. “But someone will.”

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“America’s economy really is hanging by a thread,” said Crossroads GPS President and CEO Steven Law. “To keep that thread from breaking Republicans must stop President Obama’s reckless scheme to raise taxes in the middle of a jobs recession.

“The fact that Obama is willing to hold our country’s fiscal stability hostage over more taxes shows how ideologically committed he is to expanding government regardless of the economic cost.”

The ad, which will air on national cable channels and local TV in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia is part of a $20 million Crossroads campaign that the organization says is aimed at “framing the national issues debate on the economy and national debt as Congress negotiates a deal with President Obama.”

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