Crossroads spends another $11 million to air ad in battlegrounds
October 16th, 2012
10:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Crossroads spends another $11 million to air ad in battlegrounds

(CNN) – American Crossroads, the major conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, said Tuesday it was spending another $11 million to air a spot critical of President Barack Obama in key battleground states.

The ad, which features a woman at her kitchen table directing questions to Obama, will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. It will also air on stations airing Big 10 and SEC college football games.

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The ad buy Tuesday comes after another $11 million buy from Crossroads, announced last week, which ran in the same eight battleground states. That spot hit Obama for his record on jobs.

The commercial released Tuesday begins with a woman watching an Obama ad on television, before turning to the camera and saying: "Mr. President, here's what I want to know: where are the jobs you promised? The trillions you spent – where did it all go? What's there to show for all of that new debt? And if we're in a recovery, why are we making less?"

"My family can't afford another four years like this," she concludes.

In a statement, Crossroads' president and CEO wrote, "President Obama's economic policies created record trillions of new debt, the weakest recovery in modern history, and gave Americans very little to show for it."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. jk in MN

    More lies from Karl Rove – who'd have thought! I hope the electorate is smarter than this and dismisses attack ads.

    October 16, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Patriot

    Just saw it. Makes me work even harder to get Obama reelected. Put an end to Rove and his attempt to buy the election, vote Obama 2012.

    October 16, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. tee1227

    It`s clear this woman ad is a fraud Mitt and the GOP have made it clear to where they stand on women issues.

    October 16, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    America, please let these idiots spend on our soil. Once we miss it, any way these dollars go to CHINA, INDIA ETC. let these idiots spend maximum. Just vote for direct Democratic ticket and Obama. Period.
    PS: this Election is all about RICH V/S MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA. GOP lies need to be put to stop with this electin.

    October 16, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. myviewis

    As I said before, if women would look carefully (stop being dumb) at ads from Obama we would realize that Obama only connects us to a paid abortion and paid birth controls from our government but president Obama does not connect us women to making a living, getting a paycheck, getting a job. Obama does not connect women with jobs.

    The number of women living in poverty under President Obama is the highest ever and so is women's unemployment.

    Obama does not connect women with jobs.

    October 16, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Like the country could dig itself out of the debt poured on by the unpaid programs and wars that the GOP started? It doesn't really add up when you reduce tax rates only to claim to cover it by cutting loop holes. I don't find that the making up of the difference with non-proven growth as a flawed assumption.

    October 16, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. incredulous

    Interesting that Republicans never like to talk about the price of the wars with Afghanistan and Iraq. They don't talk about the price of war with Iran either. Where do Republican voters think the money is going to come from?

    October 16, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Thomas

    Karl Rove + Mitt Romney = GW Bush 2012.

    Why would vote for Romney when his advisers worked for GW Bush ?

    October 16, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Woman In California

    If she can't see the progress made under the president-given what he was handed, she should give her vote to Willard. Maybe when she gets tried of men telling her what to do with her body, Wall Street gambling with her social security, Medicare destroyed, people crowding up the ER and her sons and daughters going to war, (while the Romney punks) give interviews, maybe she'll appreciate those "hard times" she thought she had. In any event, I still voting for the Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 16, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. MrBeenThere

    She should be asking what was the real cause of her situation and say please MR Obama fix what years of the same republican BS attitude and practices have brought us. Ask what the party of NO has done in the House and Senate to help the nation move Forward............
    Forward/Obama 2012 – Straight Democratic ticket

    October 16, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. American People

    We want to see Willard's tax returns for the last 20 years. Willard is a criminal for not disclosing his off-shore account income on his taxes.

    October 16, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    Interesting $11 million to spread more LIES, just think of where all that WASTED money could go to help the unemployment rate in this country. TRIFLIN.

    October 16, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Critical Thinking

    Mr. President; fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    Don't be fooled again.

    It's time : BO MUST GO !

    October 16, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Lisa P

    The funny thing is that if she asked Mitt Romney the same questions he would tell her it was her own fault - her fault that people like him shipped jobs overseas and now prefer to keep and invest their money elsewhere, her fault that she doesn't have the skills or education to make it in the brave new economy, her fault that she's not putting in enough hours and overtime to keep her family afloat after accepting a no benefits job at half the wages - which was also, somehow, her choice, even if she didn't have any other options. Lucky for her that Karl Rove wants her to blame President Obama because she clearly wouldn't get much sympathy, or help, from Mitt Romney.

    By the way, the "the trillions you spent" mainly went into funding the Bush wars and the Bush tax cuts, which Republicans like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan refused to allow to expire. And, as multimillionaires, benefited from. As do Karl Rove the major donors to Crossroads GPS. Maybe instead of asking into the camera Distraught Woman should be asking the people behind the camera: Where did it all go? What's there to show for all of that new debt? Why aren't you carrying your share?

    October 16, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Roger

    These ADs will not change the fact that Romney is a Liar, i don't even know why fellow Americans don't just see this. This is a guy who says different things to difference audiences just to get votes, take an example of the 47 remark!. Sometimes i wounder why he pretends to be God fearing. Gods says don't Lie. This man keeps lying all the time.

    Americans, please wake up and don't be foolled by Romney and his teams' big mouths' These guys don't care about you. They just want to win.

    October 16, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. CBR

    Crossroads ads take a small issue or a small quote and then blow it up to fit their advertising ideas. We have seen a few and they do produce a reaction – anger. This group is entering into state politics, making ads, and paying for them to be on the air. The candidates seemed to accept these ads and what they say. Unfortunately, the ads are exaggerations and distort the truth. They do not give the Republicans any measure of respect. But then, Karl Rove does not fit the definition of a respectful politician,

    Candidates would do well to disavow themselves from these ads.

    October 16, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. bb

    This woman should be asking Romney who owns approximately EIGHT MILLION dollars worth of Bain funds that holds 51% of Sensata Technology's shares, a company in Freeport Illinois that will be closing it's doors on Nov. 5th a day before the presidential election due to outsourcing of it's jobs to China.

    And, to add insult to injury, Sensata officials took down the American flag infront of the building while Sensata employees where training their Chinese replacements workers.

    October 16, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Thomas

    @myviewis
    As I said before, if women would look carefully (stop being dumb) !

    @Critical Thinking
    Mr. President; fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
    ----
    Karl Rove = Bush = Romney .

    myviewis = Critical Thinking = Karl Rove

    Spin , lies , disinformation , false allegations , fear = Romney 2012

    October 16, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Ohio man

    Maybe she should direct the comment to the 2010 Teaparty elected.. remember that was their platform and what they were going to take care for us...

    October 16, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Critical Thinking

    @Thomas

    I guess you will be fooled again. What is the defintion of insanity? Oh yes, doing the same thing over and over again but expecting the same outcome.

    Thomas = fooled again = insanity

    October 16, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Lisa P

    CBR

    Crossroads ads take a small issue or a small quote and then blow it up to fit their advertising ideas. We have seen a few and they do produce a reaction – anger. This group is entering into state politics, making ads, and paying for them to be on the air. The candidates seemed to accept these ads and what they say. Unfortunately, the ads are exaggerations and distort the truth. They do not give the Republicans any measure of respect. But then, Karl Rove does not fit the definition of a respectful politician,

    Candidates would do well to disavow themselves from these ads.
    October 16, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am
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    Here in Wisconsin they've been running an ad that has soft-spoken Representative Tammy Baldwin spitting our the words "damn right!" about ten times in thirty seconds. I think it backfired - many of us thought that Tammy Baldwin lacked fire and conviction, but now Karl Rove and his out-of-context quote (probably the only time she swore in public in the last decade), repeated incessantly, has changed some minds and votes. I never thought I would ever say it, but thanks Karl! Tammy needed that! :-)

    October 16, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Getoverit

    Am I better off than I was 4 years ago? Nope. Next question....

    October 16, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Correction: I'm still voting for the Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 16, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. simp

    This woman is such an embarrasment to all women. she knows where the liars R/R stand on womens issues alone why in the heck would you do a commercial for karl rove? this woman is pathetic, let her vote for the lying ticket, they are not going to win.

    October 16, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. LegalizeReason

    "My family can't afford another four years like this," she concludes.

    Then absolutely do not vote for Romney who is going to lower taxes, cut public jobs and keep corporate welfare and the defense industry spending the same. If you want to return to 2008 you had better be a hedge fund manager or a big player on Wall Street because the rest of us would end up reamed, steamed and dry cleaned by the GOP, just like the last time.

    October 16, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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