Mark it down in your calendar: May, 20th, 2010 – a full 17 months before the ’12 election, the Obama Democrats have launched their first negative attack ad of the 2012 campaign. Unable to defend two and a half years of high unemployment, runaway debt and higher taxes, you can be sure that President Obama and his former White House aides will continue doing everything in their power to distract voters from his economic mismanagement.
“The release of the ad comes just three weeks after the formation of Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, which aim to raise a combined $100 million to defend President Barack Obama from what will most likely be a flood of attack ads from similar independent groups on the Republican side.
“The two top strategists for the two groups have deep ties to the administration. Burton was a deputy White House press secretary and before that national press secretary for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Sean Sweeney was a senior adviser to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Paul Begala, a top political adviser in the Clinton White House, will also have a senior advisor role for Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action.” (Paul Steinhauser, “First ad by new pro-Obama independent group highlights Medicare,” CNN, 5/20/11)
“Priorities USA Action -- the independent group run by former Obama White House staffers including former deputy press secretary Bill Burton -- today launched the first advertisement of the 2012 presidential campaign…” (Jake Tapper, “Indie Group Run By Former Obama White House Staffers Runs Ad Attacking Romney,” ABC News’ “Political Punch”, 5/20/11)
“2012 ad attacks Romney: Priorities USA Action, the outside group formed by two former aides to President Obama last month, has released its first 2012 election ad.” (Chris Cillizza and Rachel Weiner, “A foreign policy opening for Huntsman?,” Washington Post “The Fix”, 5/20/11)
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