Crossroads releases new round of ads in Senate races
September 11th, 2012
10:34 AM ET
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Crossroads releases new round of ads in Senate races

(CNN) - The independent, conservative group Crossroads GPS dropped more than $2.6 million on television ads that begin running Tuesday, all targeting Democrats in heated Senate battles.

The Karl Rove-backed group, which has already spent tens of millions on conservative candidates and causes, will run the ads for one week in Virginia, Ohio and Nevada.

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Two of the spots go after Senate candidate Tim Kaine, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, in Virginia. One of the commercials attacks Kaine over education cuts for public schools while he served as governor of the commonwealth, highlighting the cuts as "a kick in the teeth."

The other anti-Kaine ad hits the candidate, who's running against former governor and former Sen. George Allen, for supporting last year's budget deal in Congress that ultimately kicked the can down the road for the country's financial dilemma. Unless members of Congress reach another deal by the end of the year, automatic cuts will be triggered, including massive cuts to the military. Virginia, with several military bases, could see a large portion of those spending decreases.

Crossroads has been criticized in the past for attacking Kaine over the potential defense cuts, as the ads do not mention that the original deal was a bipartisan agreement passed by both congressional Republicans and Democrats.

In Ohio, the group is running a spot that takes aim at incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown. The football-themed ad says Ohio has lost more than 280,000 jobs "under (Brown's) leadership" and attacks the senator for supporting President Barack Obama's health care reform.

"Ohio just can't compete as long as Sherrod Brown is calling the plays," the ad's narrator says.

The health care ad also makes mention of more than $700 billion "cut" from Medicare, echoing attacks made by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign. Independent fact-checkers and numerous news outlets have labeled the Medicare claim as false, saying the amount is not a cut, but savings from an expected decrease in costs.

Brown is defending his seat against Republican challenger and state treasurer Josh Mandel.

Meanwhile, a final ad from the latest round of spots goes after Rep. Shelley Berkley, who's running against incumbent Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada. The Crossroads spot also pins the congresswoman for voting to "slash" Medicare and calls her a "desperate politician."

While some super PACs and independent groups, including Crossroads, went up with political spots Tuesday, the presidential campaigns decided to pull their ads to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Kaine's campaign responded to the ads later Tuesday morning, criticizing Crossroads for releasing "false" commercials on the anniversary date.

"It is a sad reflection of the divisiveness of our politics that outside groups like Crossroads GPS cannot set aside false partisan attacks even as our elected officials and citizens of all walks of life, political parties, and religious faiths join together to honor the dead, thank our first responders and service members, and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as a nation," Kaine said in a statement.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Crossroads GPS • Dean Heller • Senate • Sherrod Brown • Tim Kaine
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Joseph B

    I find it alarming that Crossroads GPS is called "independent" and that the G stands for "Grassroots".

    September 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Keep us all on our heels...

    I really don't know why these candidates who are being attacked don't just simply put a picture of Karl Rove, with a list of all his evil deeds, and remind voters he is behind all these ads, and that he has no morals, so all his ads lack moral truth.

    September 11, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Its sad...on 9/11, Karl Rove chooses to unleash a barrage of attack adds: couldn't he wait a day? Of course, this is the same man who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to establish a " permanant Republican majority", so what's a few thousand dead people when that is more important? GOP, the party of moral paupers.

    September 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Jose

    Citizens United and voter suppression laws are unpatriotic and an obvious affront to democracy. If the courts continue to be stacked by Republican appointed judges, average Americans will pay a very steep price. This, more than any other of the very good reasons, is why Republicans must be resoundly defeated in all elections, local, state and national.

    September 11, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS super PAC keeps it's donors secret because a major amount is Arab money, mostly from Saudi Arabia! on this anniversary of 9-11, America needs to remember that several of the attackers were Saudis and it was Karl Rove who secretly got many Saudis out of the country before the authorities shut down air travel.

    September 11, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The health care ad also makes mention of more than $700 billion "cut" from Medicare, echoing attacks made by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign. Independent fact-checkers and numerous news outlets have labeled the Medicare claim as false, saying the amount is not a cut, but savings from an expected decrease in costs."

    Well, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Jon Huntsman had better hope Mitt Romney isn't elected. By the time Romney ruins the Republican party, the respect of the Mormon Church, and himself ... Jon won't stand a chance of ever becoming President of the United States.

    Jon Huntsman is a Republican candidate I could vote for come 2016. Huntsman at least has the capacity (and willingness) to control the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, the TeaPers, the liars, and the Republican brand I used to support ... sans Karl Rove.

    September 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Core republican Values

    I vote for and contribute $ to the Democratic Party because Karl "Adolph Eichmann" Rove works for the republicans. Rove is the horrible monster largely responsible for George Bush II, and thereby enabling Dick Cheney and the Iraq and Afghan wars, killing tens of thousands of innocent people.

    September 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    I've never seen so much deceit coming from a political party. They're not just telling half truths, they're flat out lying.

    September 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Mor Man NO!

    Thank you members of the Supreme Court for this honoring Crossroads and the fool Carl Rove. The Supreme Court made a misstake, or did they? Was this all planned? Sad, sad, sad!

    September 11, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    Has Carl Rove given up on putting another puppet in the White House? Now he's going to focus on the Senate??

    Since his boy W didn't work out so well for the Country. maybe the voters are more wise to his tricks and lies.

    This junk about "Ohio just can't compete as long as Sherrod Brown is calling the plays," is just stupid. If a Senator could cause job losses, does Senator Brown get credit for Ohio's better-than-average job gains? Not in Carl Rove's World.

    September 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Tim

    Saw the Ohio ad this morning about Sherrod Brown. These Crossroads people should really just be sent to prison. I mean honestly...oh that's not a word in their vocabulary...really, the problem with American politics is that organizations and people (on BOTH sides) are allowed to present complete falsehoods in the mass media as truths.

    September 11, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. d

    I cannot stand Rove and all who back him...they are distroying our country...send a message and do not vote for any candidate they back.

    September 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Luke Brown

    Thanks for letting me know that those ads are by Karl Rove. I'll be voting for whomever it is he is attacking.

    PS ... when did he get out of prison?

    September 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. BigTBone

    "a sad reflection of the divisiveness of our politics"

    One side is dividing. One side only. One side thrives on division and derision.

    Do your part to shut up Karl Rove and the rest of the SuperPACs. Vote dem this year and stop the nonsense.

    September 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Dude in Colorado

    "Grassroots Policy Strategies"? If things are sooo tough on the middle-class where is this "grassroots" group -run by Karl Rove – getting the tens of millions of dollars it's spending on these ads and why doesn't anybody watchnig these think about that?

    September 11, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. don

    the koch sleaze machine never ends.

    September 11, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. don

    Sorry this one is Karl Roves sleaze machine.

    September 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. BLKMANinAmerica

    "The independent, conservative group Crossroads GPS dropped more than $2.6 million on television ads that begin running Tuesday"..............."The Karl Rove-backed group, which has already spent tens of millions on conservative candidates and causes, will run the ads for one week in Virginia, Ohio and Nevada"...............which is it CNN 'independent' or 'Karl Rove backed'...............either way it's totally DISGUSTING.

    September 11, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. GI Joe

    Sherrod Brown is the best thing that EVer happened to Ohio.

    Karl Rove Marx is the worst thing that ever happened to the U.S.A.

    September 11, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. once upon a horse

    well I guess even observing 9/11 wasn't enough to stop Rove and Co. from their tactics......PATHETIC!

    September 11, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. ghostriter

    The other anti-Kaine ad hits the candidate, who's running against former governor and former Sen. George Allen, for supporting last year's budget deal in Congress that ultimately kicked the can down the road for the country's financial dilemma. Unless members of Congress reach another deal by the end of the year, automatic cuts will be triggered, including massive cuts to the military. Virginia, with several military bases, could see a large portion of those spending decreases.

    So.....when can we except crossroads to come out with commercials against Paul Ryan and John Boehner?

    September 11, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. ghostriter

    Well...here's what Oho Gov John Kasich had to say about the jobs in Ohio....

    "We were the No. 1 job creator in America in February and we are now the No. 4 job creator in the last year."

    - Gov. John Kasich

    September 11, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. California Gary

    To quote Clinton, Rove has a lot of "brass" in putting these ads up. Attacking Brown for job loss in Ohio, at the same time the GOP governor of Ohio is running around patting himself on the back for how well Ohio is doing. Attacking Kaine in Virginia for educational cuts when he was governor, at the same time the GOP is advocating for cuts in public education nationally and wants to eliminate the Department of Education. Attacking Shelly in Nevada for voting to slash Medicare, a program they want to end as we know it and turn it into a voucher program. Brass indeed!

    September 11, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. migeli

    Carl Rove should be tried for treason and executed.

    September 11, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Obama respectfully suspended negative ads today on 9-11. Romney supposedly did the same but just saw Rove/Romney running their negative ad this morning. Where is their sense of decency? Crossroads is a reprehensible organization along with any politicians associated with it.

    September 11, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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