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TV ad in Colorado: Bill Clinton vs. Barack Obama on tax hikes

Posted by Kelly Maher on November 9th, 2011
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You know anti-tax feelings run deep when Crossroads GPS launches a $2.6 million ad buy in five states (including Colorado) that targets Pres. Obama - a year before the 2012 presidential election.

“The TV ad, entitled ‘Two Presidents,’ begins running today in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and contrasts President Obama’s tax increase proposal with the position of former President Bill Clinton, who has repeatedly said it is a bad idea to raise taxes in a weak economy,” according to CrossRoads GPS.

In Colorado, the 30-second TV spot began running today as part of a $296,000 ad buy in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets, according to a press release from the group, which is backed by Republican strategist Karl Rove.

This ad skillfully juxtaposes the statements of Pres. Obama and former Pres. Clinton, a savvy move since recent polling suggests that another Clinton (Hillary) might do better in the presidential race than Obama. Contrasting Obama’s spending proposals and divisive rhetoric to a moderate Democrat like Bill Clinton (instead of to a Republican) lets the viewer sense just how far to the left is Obama’s government-funded jobs plan in a down economy.

For his part, Clinton released a statement making nice with Obama’s policies.

There can be no doubt that anti-tax feelings are running strong among Coloradans, who in the Nov. 1 election destroyed the Proposition 103 proposal to raises taxes $2.9 billion. By the way, thanks to Colorado Peak Politics for a great postmortem on, as they put it, “How A Rag-Tag Collection Of Conservatives Helped Kill The $3 Billion Tax Hike.”

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