Ads over debt ceiling heat up
July 26th, 2011
08:54 AM ET
3 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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There is no such thing as a blank check. The only difference between republican talking points and a bucket of horse manure, is the bucket.

    July 26, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If it was against the law to lie, there would not be an elected republican left in office.

    July 26, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. MARIO Forzani

    How about taking away tax loopholes and tax breaks for the rich.

    July 26, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    That says it all for me. The ad is about winning elections; not about debt ceiling, not about putting country first, not about coming together to fight as one. The ad is all about finding a way to win elections.

    July 26, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Time to Think

    The big problem is that Congress is full of Freshmen with "blank minds" who have been able to intimidate other House members who view self preservation over true patriotism. The GOP are hypocritical to claim to be the legacy of Ronald Reagan while their policies would force Reagan out of the GOP. Today, he would be viewed as a RINO. Its a real shame.

    July 26, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Might not be quite so easy for Karl Rove to sell his propaganda to the highest bidder this time around. While the 2% backers were in full force 2010, I'm betting the 98%ers have been paying attention for the 2012 election, have the true majority voting block, and are (what was the code word being bandied around by pollsters in 2010?) ... ENTHUSIASTIC. I don't know about the rest of you, but I've heard many a Republican recently tell me that they are absolutely done with the GOP ... the more joining the bandwagon, the better, yes?

    July 26, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    the GOP seems to love spending when they are doing it to put out ads like this. Why not use that cash to create jobs?

    July 26, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. a in austin

    How silly – haven't heard anyone talking about a blank check. Must be a new talking point from Rush. The weeper called him prior to going on the air. Must have needed approval. Why do we continue to allow outside interests to lie to the voters?

    July 26, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. John in Brooklyn

    My family lives in Ohio. Believe me, they're contacting Sharrod Brown to make sure he doesn't allow Boehner to put my parents' Social Security checks not risk. They are encouraging him to find a reasonable compromise...not an ideological "win" as the commercial suggests.

    July 26, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. WiredwierdinSF

    We need to remember that when libertards talk about taxing the rich, particularly that inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady the slimy union bossses antd their wholly owned subsidiary ACORN stole the election for talk about taxing the rich, that as far as the rich are concerned, those who act responsibly and put away savings in 401k's are concerned the libertards consider you rich. They represent the irresponsible and those who can't get jobs because they can't pass drug tests and the lazxy as well as the ignoratnt who are products of our NEA dominated public education system. Democrat liberals do not represent responsible people who work.

    July 26, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Oh yeah - don't give away any of those blank checks - they need them all for the next republican president to use.

    July 26, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Mindie in Indie

    but...but...isn't that what you handed Bush what,? 17, 40 times? A blank check you know. One that did not include money for two illegal wars, or Medicare Part D when you gave all that money to the Big Pharmu companies? Don't you remember that Boehner? NOW you want to default? I cry fowl.

    July 26, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Thom, WI

    Now here's the face of the typical "real" American imbecile. Only in this country can the rebublicans brainwash a certain
    segment of the population that taking away all of the rights and benefits that they've worked so hard for and paid into
    such as social security will benefit them. Go ahead and vote against your own interests. I'll assume it's you thats
    sleeping under bridges with your grandparents once they take away their medicare benefits. This country is getting unbelievably stupid.

    July 26, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Former Republican

    This is ad is full of lies, just like the all of the Republicans!

    July 26, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Mark

    Republicans continue to try and sell the American people on an idea that the majority does not support. Since that is what the people want, why are they refusing to do the will of the people. Isn't that why they were elected? Rnoald Reagan advocated raising the debt ceilig. The fact that they do not agree with him on this issue only proves how far to the right the republicans now lean. They are a very dictatorial group.

    July 26, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Barry

    The only blank check the republicans want to give is to their constituants, big oil, big insurance, big Pharm, big business. You really don't think they are gonna cut any subsidies to these people, do you? No! only the middle class will pay for everything while under their plan the RICH GET RICHER!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. John, MI

    This chick should be yelping about big businesses not paying their share of taxes(which INCREASES the deficit) instead of cutting off her nose to spite her face by voting for republicans to takie away her social security rights and her medicare since it is obvious that she is no spring chicken. .She is a traitor to the middle class. She is the typical uninformed lemming tool that the Republicans count on to push their wicked agenda.

    July 26, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Koch brothers money is probably propping this group of children. It's time large corporations and the ultra rich to pay their fair share in taxes. NO MORE CUTS FOR THEM!

    July 26, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Cool. Rove's gonna start rebuilding the nation's economy, is he? Considering he is one of the reasons behind why we are where we are at now, I have my doubts. A monumental task, especially when raising revenue is so off the table that GOPers turn absolutely green whenever mention of the upper 2%er wealth bracket is put into play. As a member of a society built on the backs of the working class, I actually do enjoy the benefits of a sound government, both State and National. I've seen first hand the damage that Rove and his conservative buddies are capable of, and want no part of a repeat 2007 recession. Which exactly where this new Republican controlled Congress is taking us ... right back into the ditch Obama spent the past 3 years digging us out of. It only took the GOPers 6 months to destroy the economic rebound Obama had so painstakingly brought us to before GOPers regained the House (and much of their own State legislation's). Want to know how much more capable GOPers are of complete economic destruction? Keep voting for them and giving them the necessary power, and you'll see soon enough. As will we all.

    July 26, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Marry

    …people with amnesia about the past; self-righteous in the present; irresponsible for the future are talking? How disgusting the GOP/TP presents itself. Lies and distortion – all they can come up with!

    July 26, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. MrManhattan

    Is "blank check" this week's "death panel"?

    Boner, if you want to make up slogans, go into advertising!

    July 26, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Edgar

    I really don't write long comments and try to show off my vast knowledge of politics, but i do have something to say, or ask.

    Iraq War (or invasion)
    Afghanistan War (somewhat justified, but still a waste)
    Bush tax cuts (here u go people, take your $600.00 and be happy)

    None of these where funded, If you want to talk about a blank check, this was the real blank check.
    And it was curtsey of ?

    July 26, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. SayWhat

    I knew that Karl Rove was an idiot, but he must have had help for this one. Anyone with a functioning memory, an attention span of longer than 8 seconds and the discimination skills of a lemur will be able to immeidately reject this insult to the intelligence of the American voter, even if they didn't automatically reject it after seing the name Crossroads on it.

    July 26, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. rs

    The Anti-American GOP is reduced to this- being unable to explain their millionaires over the elderly economics, all they can do is use their rich benefactor's money in the media to lie, lie, lie.

    Time to close this sorry show. Republicans are terrorists- Lock 'em up!

    July 26, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. The Unsub

    I haven't seen this display of blatant disrespect for a President EVER!!!!! This is not about doing what is right for the country, but more about seeing President Obama fail, and the Republicans win! The reality is that THE PEOPLE are with President Obama and the t-party and reps. will pay at the polls big time. Boehner is horrible...he has no control over the House and is a ventriloquist of the t-party.

    July 26, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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