Americans for Prosperity announced Tuesday that they will be releasing a new ad as part of a major nationwide buy.
The ad, titled “President Obama: A One Term Proposition,” is airing in 12 states, including Pennsylvania. The buy is estimated at $6.7 million.
The ad targets Obama for the national debt, with a ticker in the background continuing to push the figure higher and higher. The ad then proceeds to use Obama’s own words, with him saying that “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one term proposition. I will be held accountable.”
This ad by Americans for Prosperity is a rare move of express advocacy for the interest group. The group has never before taken a stance with any candidate. But AFP President Tim Phillips said that unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.
“We did not make this decision lightly.” said Phillips. “We have never taken an express advocacy position with regard to any candidate anywhere, we just haven’t done that. We’ve felt more comfortable remaining removed from that and simply talking about issues and urging grassroots action. But again, the disastrous economic policies of this administration are having such a terrible effect on the economy of this nation, with regard to job creation and economic freedom.”
Obama spokesperson Danny Kanner said that while the President has signed $2 trillion worth of deficit reduction into law, Mitt Romney’s recovery plan would burden an already struggling middle class by refusing to ask the wealthiest Americans to contribute “even one dollar to help reduce the deficit, even if every dollar in revenue would be matched with $10 in spending cuts.”
“What’s worse is that Romney has proposed $5 trillion in new tax cuts geared toward multimillionaires like himself that would either add to the deficit or raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of more than $2,000,” Kanner said.
“It’s no wonder independent economists have said Romney’s economic plans would do nothing to create jobs or reduce the deficit, and could push us back into recession.”
Whereas other PACs and campaigns have scaled back on ads in Pennsylvania, Americans for Prosperity continues to be a consistent presence on state broadcast waves.