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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Obama Reacts to Crossroads Ad

David Nakamura reports at The Washington Post that the president is reacting to an American Crossroads spot:

President Obama is fighting back against what he is calling false advertising.

During a stop at a YMCA here during his bus tour, Obama told a crowd of 1,100 that he was watching Monday Night Football when he saw a television advertisement that implied his jobs plan would raise taxes on most Americans.

“I was watching the football game last night,” Obama said. “They had some ad that didn’t really make much sense.”

Obama didn’t name the advertisement, but it appeared to be a spot titled “Don’t” that was produced by American Crossroads, a conservative political action committee. In the 34-second advertisement, a female narrator begins, “He raised our hopes. He seemed to understand” over images of Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Then the picture cuts to Obama saying during that campaign: “The last thing you want to do is raises taxes in the middle of a recession.”

“But today he’s different,” the narrator continues, showing recent news clips of television reporters saying Obama plans to raise taxes to pay for the jobs plan.

American Crossroads has thus put the president on the defensive, not a strong place to be.