Crossroads going up with ads in three key Senate races
June 7th, 2012
09:43 AM ET
6 years ago

Crossroads going up with ads in three key Senate races

Washington (CNN) - An independent group co-founded by Karl Rove that's already spending big bucks to put up television commercials critical of President Barack Obama is now going up with ads in three crucial U.S. Senate races.

Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads announced Thursday they will spend $1.12 million to run spots statewide on broadcast TV and cable in Indiana, Montana, and New Mexico.

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The ad in Montana takes on freshman Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

"Wonder how America's debt has nearly doubled since Jon Tester went to Washington?" asks the narrator in the spot. "Instead of being an independent voice for Montana, Tester's voted for Barack Obama's policies 95% of the time. For Obama's trillion dollar health care takeover. For the failed trillion dollar stimulus! And voted to raise the debt limit six times for a total of six trillion dollars."

Tester faces off in November against Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg. Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, both rate the race as a toss up.

The Crossroads commercial in Indiana takes on Rep. Joe Donnelly, the Democrat who will face off with State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the general election, in the battle to replace Sen. Richard Lugar, who has served in office since 1976. Mourdock defeated Lugar in last month's Republican Senate primary in Indiana.

"Since Joe Donnelly went to Washington, America's debt has increased $3.5 billion per day – up $7 trillion in less than six years," says the narrator in the spot. "How? Donnelly has voted for trillions of Barack Obama's wasteful spending. For Obama's $1.7 trillion health care law. Or his wasteful $1 trillion stimulus. Donnelly even voted to raise the debt limit four times."

Cook and Rothenberg rate the Indiana race as "lean Republican."

The Crossroads ad in New Mexico is positive, touting former Rep. Heather Wilson, who earlier this week won the state's GOP Senate primary.

"What kind of senator do you want?" asks the narrator. "How about an Air Force veteran. A mother of three. Someone who has already worked to cut wasteful Washington spending and keep taxes low. Who has an independent record of standing up to her own party. In the Senate, Heather Wilson will stop the reckless spending and fight for good jobs."

Wilson will face off in November against Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich in the battle to succeed Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the five term Democrat who decided against running for re-election. Cook rates New Mexico a toss up and Rothenberg ranks it as toss up/tilt Democrat.

"Voters in Montana, Indiana, and New Mexico understand that Karl Rove and the special interests are investing in Denny Rehberg, Richard Mourdock and Heather Wilson because they back an anti-middle class agenda that will cut Medicare benefits, privatize Social Security, and provide billions in giveaways to big oil companies and the wealthiest Americans," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Matt Canter, in response to the Crossroads spots.

Crossroads GPS says it's spending $860,000 to run the spots in Indiana and Montana and American Crossroads says it's spending $260,000 to run the ad in New Mexico.

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization to American Crossroads, the independent super PAC that backs GOP causes and candidates. Crossroads GPS is currently spending around $25 million to run ads critical of the president over a four week period in crucial battleground states.

The Democrats currently have a 53-47 (51 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) majority in the Senate, but they are defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs this November.

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Filed under: American Crossroads • Indiana • Montana • New Mexico
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jason S

    Why don't they just be clear and say they are going up with "lies" rather than "ads". Remember folks, these are the extremest neocons who feel they should own us all. Thanks to the SCOTUS, they're on their way to buying elections like they did in Wisconson. Don't be fools.

    June 7, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    The Democrats currently have a 53-47 (51 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) majority in the Senate, but they are defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs this November.
    After mid-term elections and yesterday's results, Democratic Senators should have a clear strategy for keeping their job: Distance themselves from Barack Obama and his failed administration. The Democratic Party has nominated the wrong guy for 2012. But who can blame them? It's a drastic fall from the historic election of 2008.

    June 7, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. king

    ahh carl roves at his best, spinning crap unto the gullibles, is anyone surprised. these guys are all about consolidating huge amount of money at the top, theyve got the power to convince the gullibles that their way, that failed miserably for the past 10 years is better, because the dems doesnt have as much money to spread propaganda like they do. lesson we are living into a united economy now, this is not back in the 70s or 80s. shareholders are about making money, thats it. if they can make more money in china and india, by taking america's manufacatoring there, well that the way it will go. because how the hell, american middle class which is 5 to 10 times more pressure on american companies, why should they stay here and not jump at the slave labor in china and india. hey making maximum profit at the least expense is the basics of business. the thing is to make it harder on big business to do so, mitten will make it easier to skip our country, with his free market philosophy.

    June 7, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. enuff

    Karl Rove is a bully. Is he trying to over compensate for something?

    June 7, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. demwit

    This is what happens when the supreme court allows union money to be injected into elections!
    Ohhh..., wait a minute.., I'm confused again.

    June 7, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. demwit

    Down with Crossroads GPS!
    Up with Planned Parenthood Action Fund!!
    Y'ah, thats the ticket..

    June 7, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Thomas

    There spending a a lot of money. I take it these are temporary jobs ? Supper PACs ?

    June 7, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Wake up people

    Now who didn't expect this??? I called it yesterday. More lies and distortions to try and confuse people. Let's see if the right wing nut jobs complain about these negative ads. I guarantee they won't. They will attack the President over and over and not expect him to attack back. Sorry rethugs, those days are long gone, we will speak up and defend ourselves against any and everything.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 7, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. mike proctor

    Sooo! this what our Country have come to,a group of dummy who think we can not think for ourselves or know the different between a lie and the truth. Karl Rove a two bit snake oil saleman who should have goes to jail under Bush administration with his billionaire backers who want to control the USA Government and the people of this to their way of thinking of how we should live our lives. WHAT NEXT FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA????? We the people should understand that the Government is for the people ,by the people and not by the few (1%).

    June 7, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Lionel

    America crosshairs is at again. I hope people realize that ads from Karl Rove are false. Look at what kind of politics supports. Can't wait for the haters to start – Ready, Set go.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    June 7, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Ozzie

    Rove, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Trump – the un accountable and never challenged voice and coscience of the republican party. Wake up America.

    June 7, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. paulcat

    Now, we are done with Wisconsin, let's go to 3 other states and buy their votes.

    June 7, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    CNN marketing Cross road AD posting this blog

    June 7, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Robert

    Karl Rove, Please crawl back under the slimy rock from whence you slithered. You did enough damage to our country while you were in DC. Let us have a chance to repair your carnage before you start pulling the strings again.

    June 7, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Great ads! Wrap Obama and his failed policies around the neck of these clowns. These two Senate seats are all but lost for the Democrats. Having to defend 23 Senate seats with a failed President running in their party means the Democrats will be crying very badly come November. Here let me start it of now... "Citizens United blah blah blah..." But the real problem is the American people aren't buying into their "progressive/socialist BS anymore. 2010 was just the begiining of the Great Democrat Purge. 2012 will see it continue. And the Democrats can send their thank you cards to Obama, Reid and Pelosi for their banishment.

    June 7, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Larry L

    The unethical "swift boat" tactics of Karl Rove are legendary. One has to wonder how people who believe in truth and honesty can support candidates guided by this evil piece of dung. Rove represents everything unethical and dishonest about American politics. Mitt Romney is the perfect candidate for a slime-ball like Rove to manipulate.

    June 7, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Pete

    After 2012 the collateral damage will be evident,people are sick of the party of "NO"and their obstructionistic behavior.People want bipartenship,non childess behavior that the republicans keep exhibiting ever since the incumbent has taken office.People see it and want it stopped,they want results or they'll show their displeasure at the polls in November,whether it'd be republicans or democrates,the choice is yours,but remember like the people of Wisconsin shown,you'll have to live with it,good or bad,they made their choice and I don't think its a good one for them,but that's me!!!After the indictments,Walker will be impeached too,time isn't always kind to politicians,ask Rod,exgovernor of Illinois,his mailing address is at the gray bar motel..

    June 7, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. george of the jungle

    super pacs have ruined thei election and country. Vote all repos out

    June 7, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. once upon a horse

    after seeing stuff like this with Karl Rove's bunch and that so-called bought and paid for election in Wisconsin, I wonder how some of the judges on the SCOTUS can sleep at night seeing what they have wrought.

    June 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Jill

    I hate what Karl Rove stands for and I wish he would stay out of our State. He is like the Darth Vader of an evil empire.

    June 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. d

    I wonder when people will stop acting like sheep...stop listening to these ads and when we the people will start standing up to businesses pushing agendas that only help them...and only want to take over and ruin our country.

    June 7, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Jill

    Bush and his GOP left this country with 7 trillion of debt by late 2008 and still stuck with the tax reductions for the very wealthy. That is the problem and we can't afford anymore of these idealogues.

    June 7, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. usagoblue

    Lies,lies,lies. Step right up folks and listen to all the lies big money can buy! Truth is the only failed policies out the are the Bush policies still inacted like his tax cuts for the rich. President Obama's policies have stoped the loss of 800,000 jobs per month to 27 months of continues jobs. Over 4.2 million. Spending under this president is the lowest in history. Regans was the highest and the Bushes were right behind him.

    June 7, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Canuck

    Hey Karl, didn't Dick Cheney say deficits don't matter??? ... or is that only when the GOP is in power???

    June 7, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Sahara

    all filthy lies right, why cant Karl Rove be honest, he is a bloody lier and very wicked. They ran this country wild, i mean, very wild, and kept us in this mess that we are in today.

    June 7, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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