Republican group focuses on four Senate seats
December 8th, 2011
09:46 AM ET
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Republican group focuses on four Senate seats

(CNN) - The conservative group Crossroads GPS is taking their fight to four competitive Senate battles with new ads airing in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska, according to the independent organization.

The four spots expected to run for the next two weeks link the three incumbent Democratic senators to President Barack Obama and the leading Democratic candidate in a high profile Senate showdown as a product of Washington, D.C.

The Missouri spot accuses Sen. Claire McCaskill and the president of "reckless spending," the Montana spot highlights Sen. John Tester's support of Obama's stimulus and health care plans and the Nebraska ad accuses Sen. Ben Nelson of selling out to the president during the health care negotiations.

"He demanded a pay-off, accused of selling his vote, cynical what's in it for me type politics," the ad in Nebraska says. "Look at the damage he did- higher taxes, cutting Medicare spending and embarrassing Nebraska. Ben Nelson sold out to Obama when it mattered most."

The commercial targeting Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ties the former consumer protection advocate in the Obama administration to the bank bailout and "bigger government."

The ads are the latest efforts by Crossroads, which launched, with the help of Karl Rove, during the last election cycle to promote Republican candidates across the country. They have consistently released ads ahead of the 2012 elections. The new round that is part of a $1.2 million buy represents the second time the group has waded into state senate races in the last month. In November, they launched ads in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Virginia and Nebraska.

Nonpartisan political handicapper Charlie Cook lists the four Senate races as "toss up." Stuart Rothenberg lists the races in Massachusetts, Missouri and Montana as "toss up" and the race in Nebraska as "toss up/tilt Republican." Nelson, the Nebraska incumbent, has yet to decide if he will run for reelection in 2012.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington who serves as chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in charge of electing Democratic Senators said she is not worried about spending from outside groups, like Crossroads, in the next election.

"I saw this in my race," Murray said Tuesday referencing the ads against her during the 2010 election. "I'm sitting here ... that kind of money didn't make a difference and I predict the same thing this year."

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Congress • Crossroads GPS • Senate
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. Karl Rove. Just when you thought he'd finally crawled back under that rock of sleaze he calls humanity, out he pops again with another mega funded Citizens United (GPS Crossroads) ad filled with lies and innuendo.

    One of best things about living in Minnesota is not having campaign ads run 24/7, 365 days a year.

    December 8, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. it is sad

    Senator Nelson being attacked is pretty doggone funny. Haven't seen him vote for a Democratic purposal since the civil war. He should be a poster child for the republican party. Please, get him out of here.

    December 8, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "Nonpartisan political handicapper Charlie Cook lists the four Senate races as "toss up." Stuart Rothenberg lists the races in Massachusetts"

    Oh, I see...is that why the most recent poll shows Warren with a 7 point lead?

    December 8, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Tony in Maine

    The time has come to limit political ads to those run by the candidate. Furthermore – contributions from all sources including but not limited to individuals, PAC's, unions or corporations should be limited to one time, $100. Politicians are too easily corrupted by the offer of a smile, let alone a plain brown envelope "dropped on the floor." By turning corporations into people, Scalia and his minions have unleased the scourge that will kill even a pretend democracy.

    December 8, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. stevie

    Those ads pretty much sum it up. Voters will remember when they give control of the do nothing senate to Republicans. Then we will get it all done.

    December 8, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The ads are chocked full of lies and misinformation. The McCaskill ad is basically accusing the Senator of not shutting down the federal government, and fails to draw a distinction.

    The Nelson ad accuses the Obama administration of raising taxes when in fact it has cut some taxes, never raising anything. The ad suggests that Nelson received compensation for his vote when he did not get anything concrete in return, only empty promises.

    The Warren ad tries to lay responsibility for the bank bailout, TARP, on the feet of the Obama administration. What does a consumer advocate have to do with bank bailouts? The People need an agency such as the CFSB in Washington. Corporations hire lobbyists to represent the agenda because they can afford it. The middle class has no one in Washington lobbying for their best interests except for regulatory agencies.

    December 8, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Victoria avgam54

    no one with a sound mind would believe this bologna especially if they have paid attention to what Obama and Warren stand and fight for

    December 8, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. a in austin

    Karl Rove is toast – he's a has been. His party doesn't even acknowledge him anymore...keep spending that money though.

    December 8, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Logic in LA

    I hope they do link them! I also hope they tell the truth when doing so.
    We have truth in advertising laws. They should apply to politics as well.

    December 8, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Independent Voters

    That want work republican american people are upset that you guys are hurting the middle class and we going to vote the republican out of the office.

    December 8, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. gt

    these three senators are running so far from obama you would think they are republicans.... i hope they pressure there leader obama to support the pipe line .. we need jobs.. not pay back to far left fringe groups....

    December 8, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Luke Brown

    I am an independent voter in one of those target states, and I am not a fan of President Obama. However, Republicans are for gridlock, and at least Obama is trying to do something about the problems that face our country.

    If this "independent group" is against the Democrats in those states, them I am FOR the Democrats. With them, at least we have a chance of getting government back on track. This country can not take four more years of this constant gridlock.

    BTW that lady who is running for the Senate in Massachusetts seems to be the only person who understands what is going on in this country. Why would they attack her? She says what the thinks, and I like what she says.

    December 8, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He demanded a pay-off, accused of selling his vote, cynical what's in it for me type politics,"

    Is there where I insert the "Mitt Romney financially endorsed so and so (and so and so, and so and so) in 2010 and is now jet setting across the country to get political endorsment of "sell the vote" payback from so and so (and so and so, and so in so) in 2012" tab insert into Rove's cynical anti-Obama innuendo?

    December 8, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. basky72

    So, what if they link the senators with President Obama. He is far better than any republican candidates and he is a Good man. Nothing is wrong with the president, I should be happy to associate myself with him... I say again so?

    December 8, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. d

    Good the people of those states will know that some in dc are working for them unlike the gop!!!

    December 8, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |