Former presidential adviser Karl Rove says Americans are tired of the Obama administration blaming a dilapidated economy on President George W. Bush. Rove also said Monday on Fox News that it is President Barack Obama who claimed the economy would be solvent after the first few years of his presidency and it’s time to go to the airwaves and inform the American people of the false claims.
Rove’s political action group Crossroads GPS has begun airing ads attacking Obama’s economic policies and will spend $20 million to air them in several swing states in the next few months. Fox News’ Juan Williams wondered if it wasn’t too soon before the 2012 elections to spend vast amounts on anti-Obama advertising.
“Look, Juan, we’re in the middle of a big battle over the debt ceiling — and the president has wanted more spending,” Rove said. “And the message of these ads, and ads to follow, is going to be that in this battle over the debt ceiling we have to have real reductions in spending and we need to take away the president’s blank check.
“These and the ads that will follow are going to focus in like a laser beam on the fact that this president’s spending policies have hurt our economy — and people are feeling it at the gas pump, at the grocery store, when they go to work, in their pay checks — and they’re concerned about the future,” he said. “And if we want America to be strong and prosperous then we need to restrain spending and take away the blank check that he has had for spending and do so on the vote on the debt ceiling.”
Williams said Democrats have already responded to Rove’s ad blitz, saying the ads cloud over the fact the recession started under Bush, and they will publicize the truth.
“Let them put that up on a television ad and waste their money — the American people are sick and tired of the president blaming everything on his predecessor,” Rove said. “It is his $830 billion stimulus bill that failed. It was he who made these promises on January 9th, 2009 as to what they would do.
“And instead our economy has gotten worse, the debt has gotten higher. Our economic position has gotten weaker and the president is to be held to account for his own policies,” he said. “Let him go out and blame it on his predecessor — the American people are fed up with it — and it makes the president look weak. If they think that’s a good argument then, let them back up it by putting it up on television and I'd love to see him do it.”
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