Crossroads releases new wave of ads against Democratic Senate candidates
August 15th, 2012
01:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Crossroads releases new wave of ads against Democratic Senate candidates

(CNN) - A major conservative group rolled out a new ad buy on Wednesday, spending $4.7 million on spots that target Democrats running for U.S. Senate seats.

Crossroads GPS, the private arm for the Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads, said they will run ads in Nevada, Virginia, Missouri, Montana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Democrats currently hold a 53-47 advantage in the Senate, but they are defending 23 (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) of the 33 seats up for grabs in November.

The six states targeted by Crossroads have some of the most heated Senate races in the country. The ad campaign is part of the group's "New Majority Agenda," an initiative with the aim to help the GOP retake the Senate.

Among those on their list is Wisconsin, where former Gov. Tommy Thompson emerged as the state's GOP primary winner on Tuesday.

The Wisconsin spot takes aim at Thompson's opponent and Democratic candidate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, and blames the congresswoman for contributing to the increase in federal spending.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is the subject of two new ads by Crossroads. One of the spots hits Kaine for "higher taxes, reckless spending and skyrocketing tuition," while another attacks the candidate over defense spending.

His campaign responded Wednesday, blasting the ads as "false" and sending out an email to supporters to fund-raise off of the new spots.

"In the face of three new attack ads, it's going to take even more than our great work in the field to be able to spread Tim's message through the onslaught of attacks. That's why we need your support today," read an email from Kaine's campaign.

Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and incumbent Sen. Jon Tester of Montana were also targeted in the new slate of ads.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, however, released its own video Wednesday to counter the latest wave of commercials, describing Crossroads' "New Majority Agenda" as "A Dangerous Agenda."

The one-minute web video highlights Republican Senate candidates in many of the same states and argues they aim to cut Medicare benefits, slash Social Security, repeal Wall Street Reform and give special tax breaks to the very wealthy.

"Voters need to know that no matter what Republicans say on the stump, this will be their agenda in the Senate," said Matt Canter, spokesman for the DSCC. "It is time to hold Republican candidates accountable for Karl Rove's so-called 'New Majority Agenda,' which would gut Social Security and Medicare in order to pay for more tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil."

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. lolo

    They see and know that they have lost the presidency, now they are trying to keep the house and take over the senate. It won't work. Everyone I know is voting democrat across the board. We are tired of the republican/tp shenanigans. After 31/2 years of them doing nothing, being hateful and racist they have got to go. No need for the taxpaxpayers to keep paying their salaries when they are not working. Republicans watch the waterloo that the rest of America will be putting on you come November.

    August 15, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    excellent... president romney will need a republican senate in order to repeal obamacare. getting rid of obama isn't enough.

    wake up america, voting for democrats will mean the destruction of your healthcare system by obamacare. you will only have yourself to blame if you let it happen by voting for democrats.

    August 15, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    We in Virginia have fresh memories of George Allen's and his "Macaca" moment. Kaine all the way!!!

    August 15, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. aaron

    Anyone from Crossroads and the Tea Party is like getting information from persons confined to mental institutions watching Fox News 24/7.

    August 15, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. CoJo

    let's talk wasteful.
    The NCBL was a huge waste. It was a FAILED REPUBLICAN MANDATE on the states. It was very expensive and most states were/are trying to ge waivers on it. Why? It does not work.

    I thought GOP & Romney wanted to get rid of government waste. Well they just spent $52,000,000 voting on something (ACA) that they knew was going to fail. Just think how many police that could fund, or firemen or teachers or gone towards cancer research... Way to go GOP!!! The $52M figure came from Scott Pelley

    August 15, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Action was taken in Libya. What is the geopolitical difference between this and Libya? Oil?"

    If you need to ask that question in an attept to create a false equivalency and play "gotcha" with the oil comment, then you shoudl be reading instead of proving that you don't yet understand the issue.

    August 15, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Ex Republican

    Romney is the worst candidate in history he chose Ryan Paul to hurt senior citizens and poor.
    I will never support anyone who will cut medicare and hurt poor people.
    I am going to make sure my family vote for Obama.

    August 15, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Wes B.

    If Crossroads is supposed to be a non-profit organization created for the betterment of our country...as it claims to be...why don't they give these MILLIONS of dollars to worthy causes, instead of tearing our country apart through political ads? Just sayin'.

    August 15, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Marty, FL

    Please look up how many false and pants on fire lies Romney/Rove's Crossroads are rated from factchecking.

    Birds of a feather sadly flock together.

    August 15, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Howard

    Obama plays dirty and always needs an unfair advantage ... like when he demands that we allow illegals the right to vote ... or, when he tries to eliminate the need for an I.D. to vote ... or, when he tries to suppress the military vote. Obama is a BULLY and a COWARD. Inviting the supreme court to the State Of The Union speech, only to publicly insult them on national television ... when they couldn't talk back ... is only one of many examples of this. Also, whenever Obama has the upper hand ... like when he bragged and boasted about how he would have a BILLION dollar war chest ... only to cry like a baby when his opponent raised more money. Or, when instead of taking responsibility for his failures, he always resorts to blaming others ... This is the sign of a small man, with no character or integrity.

    August 15, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Jeettu

    This ad is misleading and perhaps even a lie. It talks about new majority agenda. I am not sure what they are saying is the majority view in the country. While everyone would like to decrease the deficit, everyone would also like us to ensure that people have jobs, that our failing infrastructure is rebuilt and that 40 + million people who do not have healthcare insurance are provided one. This requires us to increase revenue while making sure that we elliminate waste and cut those programs that are not successful. That will be the majority view and majority agenda. Therefore, this ad is trying to create fear in people's mind and hence should not be the basis for your vote. Their policies in the past has created the situaiton we are in today. Also, we all borrow on the hope of better future. We borrow for our house in the hope that in the future we will do better and hence will be able to pay. The same is true of the country, especially at times like the present when economy is down. US Government at this time needs to make investments for the future and that means increasing defiict in the short-term to get long-term gain. These investments can rebuild our failing infrastructure, can be used to educate people, can be used to develop new sources of energy, can be used to uplift the soicety. Each of these investments will produce future revenues. Businesses do this every day. They borrow to invest to make money in the future. All this shows that the foundation of this ad is build on a lie and a wrong assumption. Therefore, I would recommend to vote democratic all the way in this November elections.

    August 15, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Nix the Food Stamp President

    Money well spent.

    August 15, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. 83 Days until Obama gets RE-ELECTED !

    Excellent... President Obama will need a Democratic senate in his second term in order to finish cleaning up the last mess the Repugs left us with.
    Wake up America, voting for Repugs is going to give you more of what caused this mess in the first place,

    So, let's look at the REAL aftermath and carnage left by the last Repuglican president! Evaporation of $1/2 trillion surplus, -8.9% GDP, $11 TRILLION national debt, $1.47 TRILLION deficit, $2.8 TRILLION in tax cuts (unpaid for), TWO Wars (unpaid for), Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for), $3 TRILLION borrowed from China, BILLION dollar no-bid contracts award to the military-industrial complex, a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis, losing over 700,000 jobs monthly and a economy heading into Depression when President Obama took office!

    These are all verifiable FACTS, but your Repugs refuse to accept the TRUTH !

    August 15, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. kayla

    the repugs are talking about big waste, THE BIG WASTE IS THE BIG SPENDING FOR THEIR ADS. which will be all for nought.

    August 15, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Canuck

    Where were these folk when GWB was spending huge amounts of money he didn't have on pointless wars and Dick Cheney was saying deficits don't matter – not a peep from Karl Rove back then – or is it OK for Repubs to spend recklessly????

    August 15, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. TheVoice2

    Crossroads is ran by Carl Rove who is the architect of the worse administration in American history. A war criminal!!

    August 15, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. mgctampa

    We need to be very careful, the billionaires are trying to buy all of our elections. They can't if we don't buy into the advertising of ANY superpac no matter the party. Keep it going, ignore all superpac ads!!!

    August 15, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    This is going to go down as one of the most horrific elections in US history. These ads are aimed at people who do pay attention to the news, which unfortunately is a significant portion of American voters.

    August 15, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Does anyone see the huge mess in Washington. It is sure screwed up. You can thank 75 Years of liberal politics. You would think things would all be fixed by now. Instead we have a 16 Trillion Dollar Federal debt. The till is empty. Obama and the Liberals are the end result. Do you have a job today? Will you have a job tomorrow? Sorry but it was Democrats that spent us into oblivion. But it's your future. You are left to pay the bill. Think you are going to escape?? Better look again.

    August 15, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Phil Thomas

    This is pathetic, i hope people take the millions being spent to maintain the stas quo and flush it down the toilet.

    August 15, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. California

    Is the next Obama campaign ad going to be that OTD (Other Than Demcorats) must turn themselves in to a concentration camp so they don't destroy the country?

    It wouldn't surprise me.

    August 15, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    is this ironic or WHAT..an ad for stop WASTEFUL spending........hell THIS is wasteful spending by Karl Rove and his goons. Just think how many Americans could be employed for the millions of dollars they are spending.

    August 15, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. California

    Obama's "Hate & Anger campaign" is just getting started.

    August 15, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. TAK

    New majority!? I like Spiro Agnew's silent majority better.

    Really folks, with all that money gushing in from your Super-PACs is "Obamaloney" and "new majority" the best you can do? Heck, even those strip-club going regulars from the RNC had a better name with "Young Eagles."

    August 15, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. California

    Hope & Change 2008

    is now

    Hate & Anger 2012.

    August 15, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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