Skip to comments.Obama Outspending Romney on TV Ads
Posted on 10/02/2012 10:59:57 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
DENVER For every five commercials Mitt Romney and his allies ran here in this vital swing state in the last two weeks of September, President Obama and Democrats ran seven, accusing Mr. Romney of having a tough luck attitude toward the middle class and asserting that Mr. Obama has brought the economy back from the brink.
In Florida, the disparity was greater. The number of pro-Obama ads outnumbered pro-Romney ads by almost 50 percent some 13,000 of them accusing Mr. Romney of outsourcing jobs to China, trying to gut Medicare and hiding his tax returns from the public.
The story was the same in most of most of the other battlegrounds. In Ohio and in Iowa, in Norfolk, Va., and on the Boston stations that feed New Hampshire, Mr. Obama out-advertised his rival after the parties nominating conventions, according to data compiled by the political advertising monitoring firm Kantar Media/CMAG.
Mr. Obamas continued advantage on the airwaves, which counters Democratic predictions that he would be far outgunned by Mr. Romney and his allied super PACS by now, may help explain why polls in most of the competitive states have shifted in his direction over the last month.
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If you look at videos on Yahoo, an Obama ad plays every time you click on another video.
They weren’t able to buy earlier before general election time.....the incumbent has a built-in advantage here, and there will be plenty of ads coming out soon enough. They are already starting to air more.
F***!!!! This error-laden campaign of Romney’s is driving me right up a wall. He has GOT to get this right!
The truth is people are only now starting to pay attention (at least the ones who haven’t decided). Now is a good time and it doesn’t take a ton of ads just a few really good ones
It’s not an error, it’s the law. Until Romney was the actual nominee of the Party, he was not permitted spend money for the general election. Please stop buying into the agitprop that this is a poorly run campaign.
Thank you for the correction. It’s still driving me batty. I want to see MORE ADS to combat this pervasive worship of The One! Sigh.
I know how you feel. If Romney doesn’t win this time he needs to just give it up. If you can’t beat Barry Soetoro, you’ll never beat anybody else.
Why wouldn’t the same rule about ad buying apply to Obama? He wasn’t the official nominee of the Democrat party until after the convention which was a week after the Republican convention. Seems like if the law says you can’t buy air time until after you are the official nominee, Obama shouldn’t have been able to buy ads until the convention voted to make him their nominee. Romney should have been buying ads earlier than Obama.
From what I hear Obama is running ads during soap opera time, I guess thinking that women's lady parts best respond during soap operas.
It is quite possible that he will pull a Dewhurst and turn off the female soap opera vote.
One thing women don't cotton to is somebody messing around with their soaps.
I know that an incumbent president has an advantage but Barbour was being honest with his opinion with why Obama has an advantage and Romney can’t:
Haley said on the Laura Ingraham show that team Romney had to wait until after the convention to buy ad time and that the price of ad buy is extremely more expensive now and eating up all their money.
He said they should have bought the ad slots earlier after the convention than NOW, when it was once much cheaper. So even though he raised a lot of presidential money, it’s not really a lot if you have to spend twice as much for what you need to do. That is why they are stilll fundraising like crazy. So somebody did mess up
Crossroads Launches Biggest Ad Campaign Yet
American Crossroads super PAC and its affiliate Crossroads GPS are about to unleash their biggest ad offensive of the 2012 campaign, with $16 million going to one weeks worth of TV and radio ads in eight key presidential states and four Senate battlegrounds. The Crossroads groups are slated to spend $300 million in total during the election campaign to boost GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans.
He had to first win a primary and secondly get donations to his campaign to rise. That took time and probably cheap buys for ads were getting slimmer as time went by.
These super pacs should have known better.
If ads needed to be bought earlier, they should have done it knowing they would back who ever the non-Obama candidate would be IMO.
Yes, and part of getting this right has to include making it clear how many of the Occupancy’s ads are outright Big Lies or serious distortions of the truth.
Given the screwed and depressing economy and the dangerously pro-terrorist/pro-fascist foreign policy, the road to the WH is wide open for Romney. The American public (for the most part) realizes that a big Change is absolutely needed ...
But Romney has to go on the attack. All this pussy-footing around will cost him, and the USA, the election.
He is very capable of leading a winning campaign. Just look at how he went after, and beat, Gingrich and Santorum.
The same skill applied now will result in a great victory.
“Why wouldnt the same rule about ad buying apply to Obama? He wasnt the official nominee of the Democrat party until after the convention which was a week after the Republican convention. Seems like if the law says you cant buy air time until after you are the official nominee, Obama shouldnt have been able to buy ads until the convention voted to make him their nominee.”
Obama raised a lot of money during the primaries, in which he was uncontested. He was allowed by law to spend that money, and to use what money that was left over for the general campaign. That’s where he has a distinct advantage.
“Romney should have been buying ads earlier than Obama.”
So...given that he didn’t know his circumstances, how could he do that?
BTW, given the polls, I think the Romney campaign is smart to hold back.
Hold back? Really? People are voting now. This is when a campaign should begin peaking. Mean while Romney is rebooting. It is estimated that up to 40% of all ballots will be cast before Election Day.
Isn’t that the truth.
Sometimes I think he’s throwing the election like McCain did.
“If Romney doesnt win this time he needs to just give it up.”
The Presidency is not like other offices. You lose once, you generally don’t get a second chance. Richard Nixon notwithstanding.
“If you cant beat Barry Soetoro, youll never beat anybody else.”
I agree. This is the most winnable election of my lifetime. If you can’t beat this hussein, how are you going to beat hillary?
Erroneous Obama campaign ad about how Romney is going to raise taxes by $2000, when Romney cant even effect the Bush Tax Cut legislation by this December;
A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 next year if lawmakers fail to renew a lengthy roster of tax cuts set to expire in December, according to a new report Monday.
...The fiscal cliff threatens an unprecedented tax increase at year end, says the Tax Policy center report.
Extrapolate, Romney wins, then Obama lets all the Bush tax cuts expire in December. Will the debate moderator inquire?
The flip side of that is that enemy and press have never, ever been so wicked and dirty in what they are doing.
They’re running those China ads here in Wisconsin and I don’t get it. What the hell are they talking about ? I think whatever their point is besides smearing Romney which everyone expects is being dismissed.
Throwing it? Romney’s winning it. Pay attention.
Here in central Ohio, I see about 2-3 bama ads over mitt ads regularly. It’s incredibly frustrating. I keep wondering where’s this massive shock and awe we’ve all heard about that mitt is supposed to unleash. Hopefully it’s coming SOON. The one that makes me want to throw a brick at the TV, and I see over and over again is that bitter-looking female business owner from massachusetts who claims she voted for Romney as governor but he really let her down and hurt her business, so this time she is voting for Obama. Are you f’ing kidding me???? Where did they dig this hack up from?
I really think the disproportionate air time right now might be the reason he’s falling behind in polling in Ohio.
LET’S GO ROMNEY TEAM....GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER
I said this last week in three threads and was attacked in all three threads as being fos. I was right after all!
I just watched an ad by Obama about coal in Ohio. Amazing. Coal is huge in S. Ohio, either because of mining or because of coal-fired power plants.
The ad was about Romney's words a few years back in which he said he wanted to get rid of coal because it was killing people.
The “formerly” liberal Romney's words keep getting used to blunt any offensive he might launch against Obama in any area. Obamacare, I read yesterday, is not a course of attack for Romney, because Obama just keeps comparing his plan with Romney's plan. Same with abortion. Same with gay marriage. Same with revenue enhancements/taxation.
I know. I know. “He's the only thing we got.” I know that makes so many ABOs sick in the pit of their stomach to say that kind of thing.
But, then to find out the guy isn't fighting...that's got to make a person angry.
And yet the chair is tied with Mitt and below 50 %. I have seen some of these Hussien ads.....they are lame.
Except that it is and it doesn't take a professional to notice. I keep waiting for a "shock and awe" blitz with all the money he's raised. I know October has barely begun and the election is still over 30 days away but Romney does need to step up his game, starting tonight.
The irony is that the GOP-e and the squishy moderate beltway crowd pushed this guy on the rest of us and yet I see *them* holding Romney at arm's length now that the election is getting closer. Where is the Party on defending their nominee and attacking Obama?
The TV stations serving the mining country ofSouthwest Virginia are in Tennessee.
On October 1 the ads began. Romney and pro coal ads outnumber Obama. The Obama ads are nasty.
Of note is the 2010 election where long time Rat Representative Rick Boucher was thrown out. This time around there is no decent opposition to the Republican.
Please. You’re buying into the narrative that 0bama is cool, calm, and in control and his campaign is flawless and Romney is a confused bumbler. It’s a bunch of crap. You aren’t going to see any commercials living in Texas. C’mon, Man.
i don’t believe I am. I don’t expect to see many ads in Texas but the comments I see on FR from people in states like Colorado, Ohio and Florida claim they aren’t seeing them either.
I was the one back in July and August and most of September saying Romney needed to hold his water until late September and October then blast Obama with a withering flurry of ads that were inescapable.
That may still happen but instead I’m hearing excuses why we aren’t seeing it yet.
Romney has to know that the media is going to do him no favors and he is going to have to go over their heads to sell himself to the American public. He needs that spending advantage to counter the free publicity the media gives Obama.
I don’t know if the Romney campaign is incompetent. I pray that they aren’t. But it would make me feel better if I saw more from him and in a much stronger voice.
I’m seeing NH spillover ads here in MA. They’re very good. Straight-forward common sense.
“In 2008, Obama said that the stimulus would reduce the unemployment rate to 5.1% by 2011. Instead...”
“Obama has given us a debt of...”
Anyone can understand the powerful message.
The ads are PAC ads, though. I’m guessing that the PACs will be the bad cop, and the Romney campaign will do the good cop thing.
Yes, I want the PACs to do the Rev. Wright stuff. I don’t know how many non-conservatives have heard J-Wright’s “God @#@% America” riff but if I ran a PAC, I’d have already started there and then worked on hitting Obama’s economy.
I think Romney can bash Obama’s economy without getting negative (just honest and accurate) then let the PACs do more of the personal trashing.
Who even watches tv these days except those snarky liberal homosexuals proclaiming themselves “the new normal”...
“I was the one back in July and August and most of September saying Romney needed to hold his water until late September and October then blast Obama with a withering flurry of ads that were inescapable.”
Yes, I think that is the plan.
Haley Barbour in 1996 for the GOP Congress did the same thing.
Held his money until the last 3 weeks, then unleashed it all.
Hope and pray this is what they will do and that it will work.
Tonight you got see Romney and 0bama unfiltered by the collaborationist press. Worth $100 million in advertising.
Oh, I agree. Romney absolutely needed to dominate last night and it sounds like he did.
But I still remember a debate where J.D. Hayworth eviscerated John McCain and it didn't move the needle at all. Republicans tend to think facts and policies whereas Democrats tend to think emotions and compassion. We often think we won a debate because we had all the facts on our side while Democrats still prevail because they connect emotionally to the voters.
I don't think that happened last night because I don't think Obama was connecting as much as evading. But, still, last night's debate was a chance for a lot of voters to see both candidates side-by-side and ask which one made the more persuasive argument and it certainly seems, to most observers, that this was Romney.
The race is far from over though. Let's see what the polls look like Monday after several days of samples.
TV Ads are overrated, most people just zip past them or tune them out.