WASHINGTON — A conservative organization launched a new $643,000 television ad in Colorado this week that accuses President Obama of presiding over an anemic economic recovery.
Crossroads GPS, a 501 (c)4 organization, released its commercial “News” on network TV stations yesterday.
The ad begins with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley announcing on his July 17 program that “This is the worst economic recovery America has ever had.” A female announcer then says the unemployment rate has been more than 8 percent for 41 straight months, the Obama administration has created four million fewer jobs than predicted, and 23 million Americans do not have full-time jobs. “Tell him,” she says, “for real job growth: Stop spending and cut the debt.”
You can watch the ad here.
A spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party did not respond to a phone call and e-mail message by press time.
The jobless rate reached a high of 10 percent in October 2009, and unemployment has been above 8 percent for 41 straight months.
The commercial is the last in a series of four ads that hammer Obama’s economic stewardship. The three previous commercials — “Suffered,” “Excuses,” and “Tried” – criticize the President’s explanations for the economy as well as his stimulus and green-jobs policies.
Like the other ads, the commercial will air in the Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction media market for 10 days, said Crossroads GPS spokesman Nate Hodson. The organization has spent $1.8 million in TV ads in the state, part of a $25 million ad blitz in eight other swing states. (The others are Nevada, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Hampshire).
Colorado is considered a pivotal swing state in the fall presidential election. Obama maintains a tenuous 3-point lead over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, 46.5 to 43.5 percent according to Real Clear Politics’ average of polls.
“We’re in a street fight,” Floyd Ciruli, an independent pollster based in Denver, said in an interview about the presidential election in the Centennial State. “This is a very, very close race.”