Republican super PAC launches ads in Minnesota, nationally
November 2nd, 2012
01:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican super PAC launches ads in Minnesota, nationally

(CNN) – With just four days to go until Election Day, Republican-leaning super PAC American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS announced a pair of ads Friday hitting President Barack Obama for the national debt and for lacking a good case for a second term.

CNN reported Tuesday that major Republican-leaning groups would spend almost $50 million in the final week before the election on ads, including $28 million in ad time from American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

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The American Crossroads spot will hit all of the swings states in a $4.5 million national ad buy while the Crossroads GPS buy will total $1.4 million airing on local broadcast in Minnesota – a state thought to lean Democratic but recently Republicans have made a late campaign advertising push there.

In the Minnesota spot titled, "Actually Debt," a man points to a line projection on a graph.

"Know what this line is?" he asks. "It's the debt we'll owe at the end of Obama's second term: $20 trillion."

The narrator breaks down the share of the U.S. debt to $65,000 for each American and says Obama has added more to the deficit than the last 41 presidents combined.

"This line is middle-class income, down more than $4,000 since Obama become president," he says pointing to another graph. "More debt to pay for; Lower incomes for us; We can't afford more of that."

A recent poll from the Minnesota's Star Tribune showed Obama up three points over Republican nominee Mitt Romney among likely voters in the state, suggesting a close race in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Forty-seven percent of respondents said they would back the president and 44% said they support Romney. Obama's advantage is within the survey's sampling error.

An earlier poll of Minnesota voters showed Obama with a wider lead, up eight points over Romney. The St. Cloud State University survey, showed Obama at 53% support to Romney's 45%. Obama's advantage in the SCSU survey is also within the poll's five point sampling error.

The national ad titled "Debate," released Tuesday and aimed at women voters, features a woman watching a clip of the president on her hand-held tablet.

"Mr. President, I was hoping to hear you had a new plan but all I heard was keep spending," says the woman in the ad, questioning why another four years under President Obama would be better than his first term.

–CNN's Kevin Bohn and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. The REAL TRUTH...

    SPECTACULAR indeed Truth Hurts! How convenient that the line stops at 2011. I'd bet that's because 2012 line is DIRECTLY UP and the Grand Obstructionist Party doesn't want the lemming voters to see that part. The rest the line is a direct result fo the failed Republicant policies and massive economic downturn that started late 2008.

    Polls and statistics used for political purposes (eg: Rasmussen) are as suspect as their source.
    Don't you right wing trolls ever take time to ask WHY? You might learn something.

    November 2, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Just because they draw a fake graph doesn't make it true. Maybe the Kochs should pay their employees more. Maybe Karl rove thinks it will work again. Maybe Mitt is just lying out of desperation. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    November 2, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Mitt hangs out with Meatloaf (as fat as Limballs) and Ted Nugent, who pooped his pants to get out of going to Nam. But then Mitt ran and hid in France to avoid Nam. Mormons don't fight in wars, they just start them.

    November 2, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Anthony

    The 2009 budget was a Bush budget. The 2009 deficit belonged to Bush. 2009 was the first year that we had a trillion dollar deficit. Obama's deficits have actually come down from the 2009 deficit.

    FY2008: 459 billion
    FY2009: 1.413 trillion
    FY2010: 1.293 trillion
    FY2011: 1.300 trillion
    FY2012: 1.089 trillion

    November 2, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    Obama and Democrats hands American people fistfull of turd and then deny they did it, blame others. Story at 11 cancelled to conceal the truth from the American people. LSM protects Obama to the bitter end. Democracy suffers.

    November 2, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Alex

    It's become obvious to Americans over these past 3.5 years that any failure in our economy rests squarely on the GOP in Congress. They've done absolutely nothing to create jobs and have stood in the way of our President every time a sound bill that could do anything to create jobs, supported by economists and even moderate Republicans, was put up for a vote. The GOP made it very clear from the beginning of our President's term that they had absolutely no interest in working with him and would do whatever it took to make him fail.

    Any failure during Obama's watch is a direct result of the obstructionist GOP. Vote Obama – Vote a straight Democratic ticket!!!! GOP = party over country.

    November 2, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Dave Jaipersaud

    Do not fall for the nonsense Romney and the Republicans are selling. They will lie, cheat and steal to get into the White House. It doesn’t matter how Romney and the Republican try to spin their policies, the American people know how disastrous those policies have been for this country, especially for the Middle Class and less fortunate.

    Americans are not stupid. How can anyone even thing Romney’s policies will be better for this country. Romney and the Republicans policies from 2001 to 2008 brought this great nation to its knees, their policies caused the Great Recession, their policies wiped out almost 10,000,000 jobs as a direct result of the Great Recession, their policies wiped out retirement savings for tens of millions of Americans as a direct result to the Great Recession, their policies took a $1 trillion surplus to a $13 trillion deficit, their policies resulted in the decline in the percentage of Americans that are in the middle class, their policies resulted in tens of millions of Americans without healthcare, their policies resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes, their policies will be detrimental to Latinos and all other minorities, their policies will result in another war in the Middle East, and the list goes on.

    No Americans in their right mind will believe that Romney/Ryan policies will be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. People will remember what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. We are not that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    November 2, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Dave Jaipersaud

    Do not fall for the nonsense Romney and the Republicans are selling. They will lie, cheat and steal to get into the White House. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. I am sure they would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out most Americans life savings. Basically that is what the Republicans are proposing. They are saying lets fire the guy that stabilized your investments and grow it to almost what it was prior to 2007 and let’s rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. Do they think most Americans are stupid?

    Here is the real hoax. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. Here is something to think about. Republicans would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out their life savings. Basically that is what they are proposing. Republicans are telling us to fire the guy that stabilized and grow our investments to almost what it was worth prior to 2007 and rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. We have to be really stupid to listen to them and rehire a guy whose policies wiped out investment in the first place. I would hope that Americans are smarter than that.

    Here is a simple way of looking at who is best for the economy. Would you invest with a guy whose investment policies wiped out your investment portfolio or would you invest with a guy whose investment policies stabilized your investment portfolio and is currently growing your portfolio. Even Romney wouldn't invest his own money with the guy whose policies wiped out everyone’s investment and now he wants us to do it. So why would anyone even consider voting for any Republican.

    How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    November 2, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Doomed Dems

    The sooner we get Obama and his cronies out of our pockets the better!

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    November 2, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. rwb1956

    Yes "truth" hurts. And how much would that debt be per person without the nearly ten trillion dollars that was off the books when President Obama took office. And where is the country being destroyed? See, hardly anyone except people like you beleive you. No President could be as bad as your kind make Mr. Obama out to be. So you must have a real reason for all this hate.

    November 2, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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