Ads over debt ceiling heat up
July 26th, 2011
08:54 AM ET
7 years ago

Ads over debt ceiling heat up

Washington (CNN) - A powerful independent group that backs Republican candidates and causes is going back up on the airwaves with a new ad over the debt ceiling debate that targets five Democratic senators who face challenging reelections next year.

Crossroads GPS (Grassroots Policy Strategy) announced Tuesday that their television commercials will run Tuesday through August 6 in Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska and Ohio.

The ads take on Senators Bill Nelson, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, Ben Nelson and Sherrod Brown, saying that "instead of fixing our economy, politicians like ___ voted for billions in new taxes and racked up trillions in debt in crushing debt. Now President Obama wants to continue the reckless spending and raise taxes even higher. And that costs us more jobs. Tell Senator ___ no more blank checks."

The ads come less than two weeks after Crossroads went up with a two week buy that urged ten Democratic House members to cut spending and the national debt. It's the third installment this summer from what Crossroads calls a $20 million effort to "urge decisive action by Congress to cut spending and the national debt and start rebuilding the nation's economy."

Crossroads GPS and its affiliated American Crossroads spent $70 million in the 2010 midterm elections backing GOP candidates and causes, and has pledged to raise $120 million for the 2012 cycle.

Two Democratic groups, Patriot Majority and Americans United for Change, as well as the Service Employees International Union, are also up with ads on the debt ceiling battle that take on Republican lawmakers.

News of the ad buy was first reported by Politico.

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS • Debt • Deficit • Senate
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    The mandatory spending (interest on national debt, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other benefits programs), which is mandated by law, is about 2.3 to 2.4 trillion in 2011. The government's revenue for 2011 is 2.2 trillion. It is not even enough for the mandatory spending. In case of a default, the government cannot borrow money to cover all mandatory spending.

    As for the discretionary spending, the 2011 defense spending is about 600 to 700 billion, and you can add another 100-200 billion for overseas military operations. If the government cuts all discretionary spending except for defense, for example the court system, NASA, NIH, and veteran health care, the government will still spend about 3.3 trillion. It will still run a deficit of over a trillion. If people vote to take away Obama's "blank checks," some of these checks must come out of the mandatory spending (See the list above). How stupid do Republicans think we are?

    July 26, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Eric

    These despicable, un-American, out-of-touch fools are destroying our great nation. The right-wing in every country is responsible for untold destruction of their nations' fabric, with Norway just being the latest. Wake up America.

    July 26, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Chas in Iowa

    Get ready for the flood of "Swift boat ads" from the far right. The Koch boys got money to spend. Between Norquist and the Koch boys they about got the GOP hog tied.

    July 26, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Ray E. Georgia

    Welcome to the Cold Hard Facts of Life. The Banker says no more money. You are now nearly 15 Trillion in debt. You Libreals say, Well, we will work it out next year. 75 years later you say, We Need more money, but we'll work it out tomorrow. We thought we had it figured out but we messed up, but, give us more money and we will "Fix" it. Throwing good money after bad is not working too well. Sorry. No more money.

    July 26, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama and the Democrats plan is to keep doing what they've been doing. Spend more and more and expect fewer and fewer "rich people" AND BUSINESSES to pay for it. The "cuts" the Democrats propose are a joke compared to the size of the deficit. Is it any wonder why businesses aren't hiring with Obama CONSTANTLY talking about how THEY are going to have to pay for the Democrat's out of control spending because "it is only fair". Our economy will NEVER improve as long as these socialists control the Senate and Whitehouse.

    July 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Marge, Tampa

    Where in the world are all of the tea packers now, and why aren't they pouring into the streets with their "Hands of my medicare" signs? I guess its because its not the "brown man" whose trying to take away their hard earned benefits,
    after all, but the orange man. Which was the only thing that mattered to them. The republicans are showing their true
    colors, The sad part is that they will convince a segment of Americans that voting against their own interests will benefit them. To hell with taking my hard earned benefits to help big businesses and wealthy avoid paying their fair share of taxes

    July 26, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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