October 18th, 2011
01:43 PM ET
It’s not often President Obama calls out negative advertising from his political opponents, but it appears one in particular caught his eye Monday night.
Obama told a crowd in Jamestown, North Carolina that he was watching Monday Night Football when he saw an ad that he thought suggested he was for raising taxes on the middle class.
“I was watching the football game last night, and they had some ad that didn’t really make much sense,” Obama said.
The ad in question was most likely the recent effort of the Karl Rove-backed group American Crossroads, which said last week it was buying airtime in the North Carolina and Virginia markets to coincide with the president’s trip.
Released earlier this month, the ad splices together several news clips that suggest the president is seeking to raise taxes. A narrator says the president is “different” than he was in 2009 when he declared it is not a good idea to raise taxes during a recession.
Apparently, Obama was no fan of the ad.
“Let me just be crystal clear just in case your friends or neighbors ask about this,” he told the crowd Tuesday. “What we have said is, in order to pay for the jobs plan and to close our deficit we should ask the very wealthiest Americans, top 2 percent, to pay a little bit more.”
“Don’t be bamboozled,” he continued. “Don’t fall for this notion that somehow the jobs act is proposing to raise your taxes. It’s just not true.”
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