Crossroads' six ads hit Obama, other Democratic candidates
September 18th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Crossroads' six ads hit Obama, other Democratic candidates

(CNN) - The conservative group Crossroads GPS on Tuesday announced two major television buys totaling more than $10 million targeting President Barack Obama and several Democrats running congressional campaigns.

An $8.3 million buy of time for one week in eight states will target Obama, while a $2.3 million ad buy will target Democrats in four hotly contested Senate rates and one House race.

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The ad critical of Obama features two business people arguing he has increased their costs and regulations.

"Small businesses like ours are what have driven this country, and President Obama just doesn't seem to understand that," Sherry Wuebben says. Bill Schams says, "If he has four more years, I don't think we're going to want to see what it looks like."

The ad will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, the group said.

The five congressional race ads target Sen. John Tester's reelection bid in Montana; Senate candidates Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, and Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin; and New York Rep. Tim Bishop's reelection bid.

The spot airing in Montana criticizes Tester for having "gone Washington."

"Today, Tester looks a lot like Washington. Tester has taken more money from lobbyists than any other Senator running this year."

In mid-August, Crossroads announced an ad critical of him, as well as one aimed at Baldwin of Wisconsin.

The spot against her bid for Senate says she is "what's wrong with Washington."

"She thinks Obamacare didn't go far enough in putting government in control of our health care," the ad claims. "And Baldwin supports more taxes on middle class families."

Baldwin Communications Director John Kraus responded in a statement, "Tammy Baldwin has fought for Wisconsin's middle class and taken on the big moneyed special interests behind this attack. Now they are trying to hold on to the power and influence they have in Washington and prop up one of their friends, Tommy Thompson, because they know he will continue working for them in Senate."

In Nevada, Crossroads again targeted Berkley, making this their second spot against her in the last month. Titled "Shameful," text in the ad says she supports "jeopardizing care for seniors" while the narrator says she favors "slashing Medicare spending" while "enriching herself."

Crossroads' previous ad against Berkley also says she supported "slash(ing)" Medicare.

North Dakota voters will see a spot which takes a similar tactic using the health care law.

"Heidi Heitkamp supports the law," the narrator says. "Even though it raises taxes on the middle class and cuts Medicare spending by $716 billion, Heitkamp opposes repeal."

A CNN Fact Check of the claim has cast doubt on that Medicare claim when it was advanced by the Romney campaign.

A spokesman for Heitkamp, Brandon Lorenz, responded, "Heidi believes there is good and bad in the health care law, and we should keep the good and fix the bad."

"Heidi would never vote to take away care from seniors, but Rep. Berg has voted to go back to a time when we could deny care to people with pre-existing conditions, and to repeal the Frontier Amendment, which means a $650 million cut to Medicare funding for North Dakota hospitals," Lorenz said in a statement.

The ad against Bishop, the incumbent in NY-1, questions his "priorities" and "judgment," highlighting reports of "calls for investigations for abusing his power."

Bishop's race is rated as leaning Democratic (on a scale of toss up, lean, likely, and safe) by the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call.

Crossroads previously targeted the congressman in July 2011, when it hit Bishop and nine other Democrats with ads criticizing them of supporting "reckless spending and debt."

The conservative group, backed by GOP strategist Karl Rove, has spent millions this year on ads in congressional races.

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soundoff (37 Responses)

    Sorry Karl. No matter how many ads you put out, the 47% of "Goverment Dependent" Americans know how Willard truly feels.

    September 18, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. NameChi

    Such a waste of money, but if Mitt wins he will get it all back

    September 18, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. bethjoyce

    The American people have been watching these ads for so many years that they really have no affect anymore. Its like when your fearful of something and your exposed to it over and over, you lose the fear. It loses it's power. So these ads will do nothing other than waste money that could have been put to better use. Besides, who watches TV much anymore let alone TV ads?

    September 18, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. jparker

    Doesnt matter Romney is wrong for America & people know it. Food, healthcare & shelter, who needs that? Evidently only those born with a silver spoon in their mouth. GOP your disgusting .

    September 18, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |

    16 Trillion in debt and no budget for 4 yrs and counting. Progressive socialism is killing the American dream..

    September 18, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. lou

    The Koch brothers will spend 400 million dollars of their personal money on winning this election for Romney. One of the Koch brothers ran for president before. He lost because his agenda was kind of nuts. Google his platform and you will see what they want for their money. It's pretty radical stuff.

    September 18, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Wuebben, is this lady German? Wars are killing American dream–HALIBURTON. Not progressive socialism–listen to me–your SS, Your Medicare are also part of social programs. Do you want to sack them, idiot. Don't talk social programs, dumbo. Tax cheating, Medicare fraud, immigration fraud is killing–not poor nor middle class Amercan programs. Idiot, learn and educate yourself first before you post trash. OBAMA12. Period.
    PS: this is my service to USA , I am not paid.

    September 18, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Thomas

    Sherry Wuebben wants to return to the happy and joyous times of the GW Bush years !

    Karl Rove is not what he used to be when it comes to spin .

    September 18, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. quinLee

    Although still very annoying, my gut (and recent polls) tell me the ROI for these type of ads from this group is diminishing. The choir gets giddy when they hear this stuff but the congregation, not so much.

    September 18, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. n

    Big money waste here man! Romney is done. Romney is not just done, he's been over cooked. Throw him out with the republican bath water.

    September 18, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. manning Borderland, TX

    Why spend your money, 47 of us Social Security poor boys and middle class have turn off lessening to Romney & Ryan the butcher of medicare and Social Security, why would we want to hear Romney & Ryan, insulting us poor middle class, who earn their benefits including VA, just remember we are the one's know vote in large numbers, it will be for Obama.

    September 18, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    The presidential race has turned a momentuous corner, thanks to Mitt Romney. It has suddenly become serious: no more games; no more smoke screens; under the microscope; time for straight talk. It has not turned into moment when it is time to take the gloves off, and fight dirty.

    It has become a time to be brutally honest with the voters, as they await Romney's details on his vision. Negative ads can and will be perceived as a reflection of that vision. Dishonest hads will be perceived as the core of the candidate's beliefs. The Republican Party seems to have lost its' little piece of collective mind.

    September 18, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. LegalizeReason

    Memo to Crossroads GPS (Great Propoganda Scheme) – Until you list who your donors are, the American people will not listen to your twisted, misinformational tripe. This is not the time to hide. American democracy will not tolerate it.

    September 18, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Bill

    Mittens and Rove are just thorowing their money away. Better served by starting now to recruit a better candidate for 2016. And @n – agreed, he is toast. Burnt toast.

    September 18, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. n

    Karl u can spend all the money u have stolen from American people still u and your money cannot buy election. Once a thief is always a thief.

    September 18, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. demwit

    CrossRoads needs to give its money to Obama and learn to live of the taxpayers.., like good progressives.

    September 18, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Pander Bear

    Hey do those small business owners get social security or any government loans (like the guy in the Romney "We built it" commercial)? We need to stop these moochers!

    September 18, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Tony

    If you are a business owner, you don't vote for Romney, because he is incompetent. Romney has no clue how to manage his campaign. When you have hundreds of millions in campaign funds and still trail a president despite an unemployment rate of over 8%, your campaign is an epic fail.

    September 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Jeannie

    I certainly hope the American people are to smart to bought by the likes of that shady bubblehead Karl Rove's superpac. His character and morals are questionbable at best. Then you have the likes of the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, who by the way, from what I've read, stands to increase his wealth by at least 2billion$ under a romney presidency. They by no means have the interest of anyone but themselves at heart. They want to pay even less taxes than they pay right now. For that reason alone their superpac ads should be dismissed as the lies I'm sure they will be.

    September 18, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    The time for brutal honesty about the state and future of this country is here. Romney is being honest. Obama is being dishonest and always has been dishonest. The giant Democrat welfare state is unsustainable.

    As Margaret Thatcher once brilliantly stated it, "the problem with socialism is that sooner of later you run out of other peoples money to spend".

    September 18, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. myviewis


    Sorry Karl. No matter how many ads you put out, the 47% of "Goverment Dependent" Americans know how Willard truly feels.

    47% are upset that Romney tells it like it is. Seriously, we all know that most of the 47% are shysters manipulating the system so they don't have to work.

    Most 47% are fooling the system taking away from real poor people, people with low social security, poor women with kids, the disabled.

    September 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. myviewis

    truth hurts
    As Margaret Thatcher once brilliantly stated it, "the problem with socialism is that sooner of later you run out of other peoples money to spend".

    Excellent point

    September 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    When Republicans are down in the polls, they always think that it is caused by a "messaging problem" that needs to be corrected. Never occurs to them that the message itself is the actual problem. What has happened to the Reagan Republicans? They seem to be close to extinction.

    September 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. cali girl

    The majority of the 47% are the Elderly who now have Medicare and Social Security, and only have that because they PAID into the system to collect it.
    The other part of it are mainly the families of 4 that earn about 20K a year,
    The rest of us 47% are the hard working take no breaks and no vacation kind of people who want a better life for their family.
    If Robmey was looking to make people mad, he just took a chunk of his own voters in that little rant. All the red states in the south take up the largest percent of those "shysters" that you called them.

    September 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts wrote:

    As Margaret Thatcher once brilliantly stated it, "the problem with socialism is that sooner of later you run out of other peoples money to spend.
    The problem with conservatism is that resisting change festers rot, decadence and decay, which restrains creativity and freedom.

    September 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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