GOP Groups Use ‘Private Sector Is Doing Fine’ In Ad Campaigns

Jun 20, 2012 9:14am

The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and the right-leaning group Americans For Prosperity both released new television ads today using President Obama’s own words against him.

Both ads called “Doing Fine” use the president’s “The private sector is doing fine” comments from earlier this month as well as images of struggling families to push the message that the president is out of touch. They both start running today.

Restore Our Future will spend $7.6 million on the ad buy and it will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. They are spending over a million in Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina and the ads will run through June 30.

The Koch Brothers-backed Americans For Prosperity will spend $5.5 million on their flight of ads, which will also run for 10 days in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

In the ROF ad, the narrator reads a series of statistics in between the president’s own words. Those statistics include: “after a record 40 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent; ” “23 million Americans can’t find full-time jobs; 30 percent have been out of work for over a year; and under Obama, 800,000 more women are unemployed.”

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The president clarified his comments later that same day saying, “It’s absolutely clear the economy is not doing fine.”

The AFP ad accuses the president of being so out of touch he doesn’t even know how to correct the economy.

The narrator asks:  “Hmm, how can our president be so out of touch?” and “How can he fix the economy if he doesn’t know what what’s wrong.”

These commercials come on the same day Concerned Women for America also released an ad targeting the president for his health care plan that features a doctor saying the health care plan could threaten how she treats her patients. CWA is spending $6 million in Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The ads will also start running today.

The Obama campaign also begins airing two television ads today in nine battleground states. They attack Mitt Romney for outsourcing state work and raising fees while he was governor of Massachusetts.

ABC News’ Michael Falcone contributed to this report. 

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