More ads and Obama criticism from Republican group
July 8th, 2011
11:47 AM ET
3 years ago

More ads and Obama criticism from Republican group

(CNN) - Crossroads GPS, an independent Republican advocacy group, announced a new wave of ads Friday, the second phase of a $20 million campaign focused on government spending and the national debt.

The $7 million ad buy will include a spot on national cable and television stations in battleground and early presidential contest states, as well as state-specific ads targeting Democratic senators, according to the group.

The national ad, "Wake Up," will run in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada and Virginia. It will air in 30 and 60 second spots narrated by a woman who says she cannot sleep because of her family's financial worries.

"I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully, but since then things have gone from bad to much worse," the woman says. "There's got to be a way to take away President Obama's blank check."

Ads will also air against Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

"The ads encourage constituents to contact the Senators and say no to more taxes, spending and debt," a statement from Crossroads GPS read.

Next week, the group will start airing ads in approximately ten House districts.

"As the debt limit negotiations heat up, we need to counter the power of the President's bully pulpit and make sure Americans are getting the facts," Steven Law, president of Crossroads GPS, said in a statement. "President Obama and his congressional allies have already wasted hundreds of billions of our tax dollars, and we need to send them the message that they don't deserve another penny in taxes."

Crossroads GPS, an arm of American Crossroads, spent $70 million in the 2010 midterm elections and has pledged to raise $120 million for the 2012 election cycle.

The first phase of the campaign announced in June also focused on the state of the economy and the stimulus bill passed under Obama. That spot was scheduled to air on national cable news channels and in key voting states.

– CNN's Alison Harding contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Channel 4 in DC must have shown the same ad at least 3-4 times wihin an hours. We were wonerin when the demorats' ad against the rethugs were.
    This IS the perfect time against the JOBS that they promised an those tx reaks or the rih tht creted ABSOLUTELY NO JOBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    The American People ARE awake to the danger Obama and the Democrats pose to the survival of this country. November 2010 was the first battle to stop the madness. November 2012 will be the conclusion when Obama is removed and the Senate is in Republican hands. The country simply cannot afford 4 more years of dismal failure after dismal failure from the Democrats.

    July 8, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. The Dude

    Since Obama took office things have gone from bad to worse... Really? Let's see, we're no longer hemoraging 700K jobs a month and no major financial institution has closed it's doors in the last 2 years, spending is up but as any good business man will tell you you gotta spend money to make money. No things are not worse than they were, they're better but only slightly. You want to see worse? Give the WH back to the GOP and see what another 30 years of "trickle down economics" does to this burgeoning slave nation.

    July 8, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    George W. Bush pulled the biggest get away in history when he called McCain and Obama in off the campaign trail for a photo op in front of the American people to talk about a bailout of Wall Street to save the economy when McCain and Obama didn't need to be present. Two months later Bush left office and the rest of the economy came tumbling down and this would have happened regardless of who became President, Bush knew it and made a clean get away. Wakeup people and think back, we've all been had.

    July 8, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Ozzie

    Did you even mention the unpaid for wars, started through deception and self-interest, by the party of family values, at the cost of $12,000,000 a month? Was that a good use of our tax dollars? Who is paying for those wars? Who made the profit from those unpaid for, immoral wars?

    July 8, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. obama victim

    guess that "hope and change" isn't working out for this gal

    July 8, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. guest

    With the corporations being able to donate unlimited funds for campaign advertising, we need to beware. Don't believe a word you hear about "how badly the democrats have done."' They would have done better if they hadn't tried to reach across the aisle and get concensus with the rethugs. In fact, Obama's in trouble with his own party because he compromised. It's hard to get things done when one party can only say "No" to EVERYTHING. Or, as Palin put it "h*ll no." That's the kind of integrity and mentality we're dealing with on the right. The only goal of the 2012 rethugs is to "make Obama a one-term president." That's just senseless. The American people don't matter, only their winning. Where are the jobs they promised in November? It's been 9 months, and NOTHING..... Don't believe the rethugs. There is no trickle down from the top. Don't you believe this stuff about if you raise taxes on the wealthiest 2% there will be no money to create jobs. It is just another lie; don't fall for it!!! I could use gas in my truck more than they could use another house, or another yacht, or YET another vacation.

    July 8, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Dave Harris

    Do Republicans not realize that most people pay no taxes at all and are in fact dependent on government spending? And if the Republicans succeed in sabotaging the economic recovery, there'll be even more of these people. Why would they want to vote for Republicans, who want to take away their means of support?

    July 8, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. C. Howe Yulikit

    Yeah, like I would believe anything Karl Rove has to say.

    July 8, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness ... another Karl Rove ad criticizing President Obama. How quaint. Something more for the Casey Anthony was a victim, kool-aid drinking crowd to chew on. For the majority of Americans, though, not so much. Just one more GOPer lie filled with confusion and innuendo.

    July 8, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "George W. Bush pulled the biggest get away in history when he called McCain and Obama in off the campaign trail for a photo op in front of the American people to talk about a bailout of Wall Street to save the economy when McCain and Obama didn't need to be present. Two months later Bush left office and the rest of the economy came tumbling down and this would have happened regardless of who became President, Bush knew it and made a clean get away. Wakeup people and think back, we've all been had"
    ______________________________

    Bush Derangement Syndrome is soooooooooooo 2009.

    July 8, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama didn’t deliver much (for our expectation) true

    Compare to republicans Obama is better

    July 8, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. sue

    I will never vote for the Party of NO that is wasting time on making sure Obama is a one term President, making sure he fails by not making any concessions to help get this country back on it's feet, they don't want the rich to have to pay their fair share in taxes and yet want to take away the Social Security and Medicare that we all have worked so hard for ...that money is rightfully ours and I want every penny of it back that I paid into it if these idiot Republicans try to change it or do away with it......

    July 8, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Expat American

    And how much did it cost to lie to the United Nations and go to war in Iraq? Has the GOP found those gosh darn WMDs yet?

    July 8, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Ed Texas

    Obama and the Democrats need to counter attack with an add blaming the root of the problems on the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration and their tax cuts for the wealthy and big business . If the Republicans in the 80s and 90s could continue to blame Jimmy Carter for the economic problems 10 – 20 years after he left office, then the Democrates can blame Dubwa for the current mess our economy is in now.

    July 8, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Bush Derangement Syndrome is soooooooooooo 2009."

    Not to those of us who were most affected by (and are still suffering through) his (and the GOP as a whole) economic ineptness.

    July 8, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Hey "sue" –

    When the income tax became law in 1913, the rate was 1% on the top 1% of income earners. Given where we are today, with MANY more than the top 1% paying MUCH more than 1%, what does that tell you about the ever-expanding beast known as the federal government? And, do tell – what is your definition of "fair share"? Is it just the additional amount that SOMEONE ELSE has to pay, but not YOU?????

    July 8, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Ah Lynda... so nice to see you...

    So tell us – when is the economy Obama's baby? Ever?

    July 8, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    The answer to the nations problem is that the federal government needs to tax people at high rates, create make work jobs and give freebies to everybody. Wait a minute, they are already doing that! YES, the answer is to do MORE OF IT. THAT will work! Yes, the definition of insanity....

    July 8, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Has anyone noticed that we had slow but steady improvement in the leading economic indicators for two years. For two years until the Republicans got just a small grip on Wash DC power again.

    The facts are that there has been a significant policy shift since Republicans took control of the House. They promised job growth in 2010 and have given us negative job growth, instead.

    July 8, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. George

    Propaganda at its best.

    Goebbels would be very proud of this commercial.

    July 8, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Tony Z

    @Fair is Fair. The government offers more service than in 1913. The difference between the top 2% and the rest of the country has greater than it was in 1913. So, if everything being equal to what is was in 1913 we might not have this problem.

    When did the federal government start to expand? Name that President.

    July 8, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    I don't know Fair ... pehaps when Hell freezes over. What I do know is that my and my families lives HAVE improved since Obama took office. In all honesty, I simply cannot credit anything that the GOPers have done for that improvement. Sorry.

    July 8, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "Has anyone noticed that we had slow but steady improvement in the leading economic indicators for two years. For two years until the Republicans got just a small grip on Wash DC power again."
    ________________________

    Please cite your sources for these so-called facts. Anonymousl blather on blogs don't make it true.

    July 8, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Tony

    WOW – I bet we won't see the Republicans proudly advertising about Speaker Boehner who assembled a “kitchen cabinet” of lobbyists to organize his fundraising operation, including representatives from Goldman Sachs, Phillip Morris, UnitedHealth, and FedEx. Notice two of the corporations have not interest in reform. Let's not forget our Friend Sen. McConnell and all the millions he ear-marked for his friends at Voice for Humanity, E-Cavern, Boardpoint LLC and Appriss Inc. There were too many companies to list here that Sen. McConnell gave our hard earned tax dollars to.

    July 8, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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