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Obama Spending on Attack Ads Soars
bostonherald.com ^ | July 14, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 07/14/2012 10:02:14 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.

In a reflection of campaign strategy, more than one-fifth of the president’s ad spending has been in Ohio, a state that looms as a must-win for Romney more so than for Obama. Florida ranks second and Virginia third, according to organizations that track media spending and other sources.

About three-quarters of the president’s advertising has been critical of Romney as Obama struggles to turn the election into a choice between him and his rival, rather than a referendum on his own handling of the weak economy. Obama’s television ad spending dwarfs the Romney campaign’s so far by a margin of 4-1 or more. It is at rough parity with the Republican challenger and several outside GOP-led organizations combined. They appear positioned to outspend the president and his allies this fall, perhaps heavily.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012election; alinskytactics; bhofascism; civility; corruption; democrats; election2012; elections; hopeychangey; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; obama
LMAO, Obama is a joke. $100 million spent in TV ads and his poll numbers have gone nowhere. If this is the price he has to pay just to stay afloat he ain't gonna make it.
1 posted on 07/14/2012 10:02:19 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

The emperor has no... anything.


2 posted on 07/14/2012 10:06:45 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“emperor”? Indeed.


3 posted on 07/14/2012 10:07:53 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“Barry, a well spoken black man, was able to get elected to a state office, oddly because he looked for fraud in his opponents voter registrations and got his opponent disqualified from running.”


4 posted on 07/14/2012 10:09:25 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I have seen a couple of these ads, and they are either outright lies or exagerrations.

He can’t win with crap like what I have seen.


5 posted on 07/14/2012 10:09:55 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Some of it, like making fun of Mitt for singing America the Beautiful, will backfire. They always over-reach.


6 posted on 07/14/2012 10:11:25 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

We are seeing ever third spot here in NE PA...The belief that if you tell a lie often enough people will think it’s the truth, does not and will not resonate well. The coal miners out of work, related industry suffering, the only gleam of light ANYWHERE in America is happening here with Nat Gas Fracking, and King Bozo Osmosis would LOVE to shut it down...


7 posted on 07/14/2012 10:11:48 AM PDT by Shady (There is no separation of powers..they want to ace the people out...)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Yeah, seriously, this seems to be pretty frantic imo. Look, it is SUMMER TIME for goodness sake.

Only freaks like us are paying attention to politics. Obamugabe is spending millions to hit people and what’re the people doing? Trying to enjoy SOME of their summer despite the miserable economy.

And by the way, most people don’t blame Romney for the economy. They blame Obamugabe.


8 posted on 07/14/2012 10:12:29 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Venturer
He can’t win with crap like what I have seen.

Actually he could. He's done it before. You only know the truth because you pay attention. There are a lot of uninformed idiots that vote.

9 posted on 07/14/2012 10:15:31 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Desperation sets in early when you have no record to run on..

Can you say ‘McGovern/Carter’ Part III, chilrun,? Good, I knew you could.


10 posted on 07/14/2012 10:16:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

11 posted on 07/14/2012 10:17:39 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Only freaks like us are paying attention to politics.

Yes but it's the freaks that do not pay attention to politics like we do who see these ads while watching American Idol who are the target. Unfortunately, they vote.

12 posted on 07/14/2012 10:17:56 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“Defining” (ie. destroying) the competition is how Obama has won all his elections. It’s the Chicago way. Only the most ignorant voters would fall for this tactic, but then, that is the Democrat base.


13 posted on 07/14/2012 10:19:15 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: F15Eagle
Slouching towards November.


14 posted on 07/14/2012 10:23:13 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
LMAO, Obama is a joke. $100 million spent in TV ads and his poll numbers have gone nowhere.

Anchors have a lot of inertia. That's what the Obama re-elect campaign is, a giant boat anchor.

15 posted on 07/14/2012 10:27:07 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Obama will run attack ads with no major problems. The MSM will tell us when he runs major lies, but they will not follow through with the usual relentless, top-of-the-news, daily pounding the Repubs would get.

But Romney, now that he has started to fight, will be accused of “negative campaigning.”


16 posted on 07/14/2012 10:27:41 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Romney needs to geer up his ads to counter this, especially in swing states like Ohio. The massive early advertisements defining his opponent was one of the key things that Clinton did in 96. By the time the fall campaign rolls around, both sides will be all over the airwaves and it will be hard to move the poll numbers either way over the last few months.

Romney didn’t hesitate to go very negative, very early against his conservative opponents and he needs to use his warchest now to go after Obama aggressively over the summer. For the most part, Romney is doing well in polls in swing states, but the numbers I’ve seen in a couple Ohio polls lately are frightening - showing Obama with close to a 10 point lead there. A republican simply cannot with without Ohio. Obama knows this and has visited Ohio over and over again.

I cannot believe that I’m to the point of wanting Romney to win this badly - but the alternative is so much worse.


17 posted on 07/14/2012 10:30:18 AM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: tsowellfan
I think Obama may be suffering under the delusion that "The Chicago Way" may work in his presidential re-election campaign. By repeated suggestions about Romney being "a felon" it may be that he thinks that he can actually knock Romney out of the campaign like he did when he broke into those sealed divorce records during his senatorial campaign. Obama can't beat anybody (except McLame) without cheating.
18 posted on 07/14/2012 10:30:18 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Romney needs to geer up his ads to counter this, especially in swing states like Ohio. The massive early advertisements defining his opponent was one of the key things that Clinton did in 96. By the time the fall campaign rolls around, both sides will be all over the airwaves and it will be hard to move the poll numbers either way over the last few months.

Romney didn’t hesitate to go very negative, very early against his conservative opponents and he needs to use his warchest now to go after Obama aggressively over the summer. For the most part, Romney is doing well in polls in swing states, but the numbers I’ve seen in a couple Ohio polls lately are frightening - showing Obama with close to a 10 point lead there. A republican simply cannot with without Ohio. Obama knows this and has visited Ohio over and over again.

I cannot believe that I’m to the point of wanting Romney to win this badly - but the alternative is so much worse.


19 posted on 07/14/2012 10:31:23 AM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Romney needs to geer up his ads to counter this, especially in swing states like Ohio. The massive early advertisements defining his opponent was one of the key things that Clinton did in 96. By the time the fall campaign rolls around, both sides will be all over the airwaves and it will be hard to move the poll numbers either way over the last few months.

Romney didn’t hesitate to go very negative, very early against his conservative opponents and he needs to use his warchest now to go after Obama aggressively over the summer. For the most part, Romney is doing well in polls in swing states, but the numbers I’ve seen in a couple Ohio polls lately are frightening - showing Obama with close to a 10 point lead there. A republican simply cannot with without Ohio. Obama knows this and has visited Ohio over and over again.

I cannot believe that I’m to the point of wanting Romney to win this badly - but the alternative is so much worse.


20 posted on 07/14/2012 10:31:47 AM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: txrefugee

3 folks one lady two men .,, OB for America showed up at my door today with a clipboard.., I got hot... told them he was the worst thing that ever happened to America... some other choice verbage... I feel like my property has been violated.. I do believe they were paid shills..


21 posted on 07/14/2012 10:31:54 AM PDT by rusureitflies? (A person becomes a lost fool when they reject the Holy Spirit.)
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To: COBOL2Java
I would think more like prancing, but who knows ...


22 posted on 07/14/2012 10:33:54 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
We are now past the Fourth of July and running up to the convention. Obama is attempting to steal the march on Romney by defining him through negative ads. So far he is having success, but limited success.

I have no doubt that Romney has been busy raising money, organizing, planning the convention, and fixing on a vice presidential running mate. All of these are absolutely vital and necessary but I cannot believe that with his recent successes in raising money Romney cannot spare some resources to effectively combat Obama's negative ads, at least in the swing states.

I believe that is always cheaper to persuade then it is to un-persuade and Romney is courting the danger of being defined by Obama. It is always easier to persuade than un-persuade because the ego of the voter becomes involved once he has stated his position.

I agree with the posters who point out that Obama has not been able to gain a significant success with these ads but it might be that Obama's whole strategy is merely to stay close enough to make an October surprise effective. It goes without saying that if he can stay close enough the Democrats can steal it.

I want this election to be an utter repudiation of Obama. I'm afraid that Romney is not interested in conducting a crusade, he wants to conduct a campaign. I believe Obama must be repudiated in order to protect the conservative brand against the demographic wave which will be breaking against us in 2016 and 2020, not to mention the by-elections between now and 2020.

We must demonstrate the terrible state Obama has put the nation in. We must utterly destroy the myth that this is George Bush's economy, we must definitively label the threat of Islamism, we must remake our international alliances, we must protect our military and we must make secure our military position in space.

Above all, we must indict and convict Obama of his Marxism, his black liberation anti-Americanism, his lies and his deceits. We must prove that the condition of the country is the direct and proximate result of Obama's ideology.

Romney is not interested in my crusade he is interested in the limited purpose of winning a campaign. In this, if I have rightly apprehended the man, he reminds me too much of George Bush whose mother, incidentally, in another thread is quoted as praising the father-son like intimacy between Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush.

The only safe and long-lasting campaign strategy is to morally destroy Barak Hussein Obama -advice freely given to John McCain in 2008 which was blithely ignored to his regret.


23 posted on 07/14/2012 10:34:17 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: F15Eagle
What wrist action!


24 posted on 07/14/2012 10:42:22 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java

Jump, jump, jump....


25 posted on 07/14/2012 11:07:06 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Tallguy
Obama can't beat anybody (except McLame) without cheating.

Obama is a pigeon, the real opponent is the MSM.

26 posted on 07/14/2012 11:07:38 AM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

that is the idea that is sinking in to the MSM amd the libitards...yahoo


27 posted on 07/14/2012 11:11:59 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
more than one-fifth of the president’s ad spending has been in Ohio

THIS is why the media keep skewing their polls and declaring this or that state to be 'in play.' TV, radio and newspapers lapping up the campaign dollars.

28 posted on 07/14/2012 11:18:58 AM PDT by relictele
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To: oldbrowser
Obama is a pigeon, the real opponent is the MSM.

That's my feeling as well. Obama without the corrupt media championing him would never even have beaten McCain. But Obama with the corrupt media is always going to be tough to beat, no matter who is going up against him.

To me the importance of this campaign is not just getting Obama and his lefty friends out of the White House, but also defeating the media. For if they continue to get away with propping up one side and tearing down the other, then we'll always be subject to them and they will essentially hold the keys to the real power in the country.

29 posted on 07/14/2012 11:37:48 AM PDT by Humbug
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Obama Spending on Attack Ads Soars
Stonewalling by wire service journalism of the fact that the POTUS is lying through his teeth: Priceless.

30 posted on 07/14/2012 1:14:12 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Tallguy

I honestly believe that Obama blackmailed McCain in some way. It was just so weird the way that Obama kept saying “Double-down” during the campaign. I also read there were rumors that McCain had a gambling problem. I think that Obama was using the phrase as a repeated threat to McCain.


31 posted on 07/14/2012 1:16:48 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Venturer

If medicare and medicaid are cut...

Lies do win quite often.


32 posted on 07/14/2012 1:40:52 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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The squall of the degenerate Marxist.


33 posted on 07/14/2012 2:28:55 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I was in Cleveland this week and it seemed the Outsourcing commercial was on pretty much non stop.

Good thing I guess. In one week I saw only two Obama/biden bumpers stickers


34 posted on 07/14/2012 2:39:38 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: BarnacleCenturion

There is a huge billboard on I35 northbound between Austin and Dallas that has a picture of the First Gay President on it and the following words:

“BANKRUPT AMERICA
YES WE CAN”


35 posted on 07/14/2012 3:28:29 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

And what’s Willard’s response? “Obama’s a nice guy” or “That’s just not true.”

No fighting back, no aggression. This guy reminds me so much of Bob Dole, in both stature/mannerisms and campaign style.

The Romney people really need to step it up if they want to win. We don’t win against Chicago thug politics by playing defense!


36 posted on 07/14/2012 4:00:27 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Of course it seems obvious how Mitt and our “527’s” need to counter attack. We simply have to paint Obama as a untrustworthy lier by using his own history as president and deceitful campaign against Mitt Romney.

If nobody can trust Obama nothing he can say will mean anything.


37 posted on 07/14/2012 4:22:34 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Senator Barack Obama, 2008 acceptance speech at the DNC: “Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.”


38 posted on 07/14/2012 7:08:08 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

His campaign is desperate. They must be losing big.


39 posted on 07/14/2012 7:20:33 PM PDT by Carry me back
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To: MrChips; Venturer
Some of it, like making fun of Mitt for singing America the Beautiful, will backfire. They always over-reach.

Exactly. There are more patriotic Americans that they've reckoned for and they will not respond well to these ads: even in the "deep blue areas" there are still people who fly American flags outside their homes and put them on their vehicles.

40 posted on 07/14/2012 7:24:56 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: relictele

Yep the media is gladly takin the money. Looks like Obama is losing big


41 posted on 07/14/2012 7:33:26 PM PDT by Carry me back
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To: Shady

He must not be doing so great in PA. Good news


42 posted on 07/14/2012 7:38:26 PM PDT by Carry me back
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To: Venturer

you’re assuming the average voter is as intelligent as you..... nope, the average intelligence is far lower — see the non-black voters who voted for Obama (black voters I can see they got influenced by “one of our own” — of course, Obama is not African-American but half-white, half-Kenyan...


43 posted on 07/14/2012 11:32:17 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Carry me back

let’s not relax until Obama is out. NO complacence. Let’s not assume he will lose. Our target is not to just have Obama lose, but to have Obama obliterated. I say put the target as Obama getting 0 electoral votes. No resting, conservatives, no rest until 0 gets 0


44 posted on 07/14/2012 11:35:05 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: BarnacleCenturion; edpc; 2ndDivisionVet; Cincinatus' Wife; M. Espinola; blam; TigerLikesRooster; ...
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45 posted on 07/15/2012 2:59:24 AM PDT by ex-Texan (The Time to "Wake Up" is Over !)
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PRELUDE TO FORT HOOD








BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S HEROES


46 posted on 07/16/2012 3:42:50 PM PDT by devolve (-------------- ------- no servers - no intelligence ----------- ---------------------)
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