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. truth hurts

    SPECTACULAR!!! Let the American people know just how damage Obama and the Democrats have done to this country with their irresponsible and failed economic policies over the last 4 years. I am SO HAPPY that all these groups are able to exercise their right of free speech to inform the American people. THANKS YOU USSC!! Freedom and freedon of speech RULES!

    November 2, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Q

    Desperation.

    November 2, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. UBS, WILLARD & 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    These attack ads are so lame. Hey Karl, pack it up. And take your dirty money and your puppetmasters along with you.

    November 2, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Ind.

    Democrats can't handle the truth.

    Obama would rather hang out with thugs like Jay-Z.

    You're judged by the company you keep that is a fact unless you're a democrat apparently.

    November 2, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Show your ten years taxes.... Mr. Cayman islands. Mr. China, mr. Bermuda.....

    November 2, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Jojola

    Just another deceptive ad put out by the worst run campaign management, ever!

    November 2, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Bill

    With Obama standing a better than 98% chance of winning the state, this just smacks of desperation by Romney. The money would be better spent aiding hurrican relief efforts. And, no one is paying any attention to this rubbish at this point.

    November 2, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    OBAMA will Win MN! I agree Bill, all that money should have been given to hurricane relief! The Rep greed and lies are insulting to every descent American!
    Obama Forward

    November 2, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    GOP hands Obama fistfull of turd and then blames Obama for having smelly hands. Story at 11.

    November 2, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. WhereIsPalin

    ANYONE but Obama gets you ANYTHING to be President.

    RYAN / romney 2012..........We'll say anything to get your vote.

    November 2, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. jeannette, USA via Toronto

    desperate actions by the right. wow!

    November 2, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    Three words: IT WON'T WORK.

    Minnesota will vote for Obama.

    November 2, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. sayer

    You know what they say about a fool and his money...

    November 2, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. jinx88

    A few more days and Mittens will be off to the Cayman Island to spend some of the money he has been hiding from being taxed and we wont have to see Mittens lie and try to buy the WH.

    November 2, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. livingston

    Hey Romney – don't bother coming to Bucks County, Pa this weekend. We haven't forgotten how you blew us off last summer because you were afraid to show up at a planned stop because Democratic officials showed up, too. Yup, drove right by and left us standing there. So don't come, hat in hand, begging for our vote. We have more important things to worry about then you possibly being offended by who might show up. We had a big storm come through and one big wind a week is enough around here.

    November 2, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. lnd72

    Democrats don't want to see these number, but many Americans should.

    Most of the big moves in the economy have been driven by bubbles, not government action. President Obama pushed so called "stimulus" that was filled with massive waste, and doubled the deficit. We would have been better off if they would have done nothing. The burst housing bubble was already starting to bottom before he did anything.

    November 2, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Dan

    If you can't knock on my door, you are throwing your money down the toilet.

    People with a DVR fast forward past the election ads.
    People without a DVR mute the television when election ads come on.
    We change radio stations when the election ads come on.
    When we get the mail, we walk past the trash can because we throw out the mailings before we even enter the house.

    November 2, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Kathy Mills

    Wonder what Romney deals were made with all his rich supports. Wonder what the payback will be? I sure hope the voters can see the deception from the Romney team. His lies are not working in Ohio and I do not think they will work in Minnosota or nationally. My bet is on the voters to see through this final act of lies. Good bye Romney! Do us all a favor and just be quiet!

    November 2, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. lolo

    More lies. What do they care about the middle class? The republicans think that middle class salaries start at $250K, which is not facing reality. They will need our little chump change to keep them in business or if the worst comes they will ship the jobs overseas to get rid of us all.

    November 2, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. rs

    Of course the fact that Median Household income began falling in 2000 is something these pinheads don't want to talk about. The alling Median Household Income is the repudiation of Republican "trickle down" economics.

    November 2, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. beevee

    No one trusts these GOP superpac crooks and their bogus advertisements on TV and radio. They are more than annoying and everyone knows that they are all lies and smears campaigns. November 6 is the day of demise of these crooks.

    November 2, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. jinx88

    By the way what was Mittens plan to bring down the debt? I sure didnt hear one.

    November 2, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Phil Thomas

    I am hoping, really hoping these polls hold up and all of these Millionaires who though Citizens United would let them buy a president who would get them a Nice ROI by removing estate tax, capital gains tax, dividend taxes and a ton of other little Goodies wake up and find out they just flushed their money down the toilet. The result on the middle class, especially the upper middle class will be worse under Romney its just common sense, Reverse Robin Hood at its finest

    November 2, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Dennis1020

    How is it the Presidnet's fault that median household income has gone down? I will tell you why median household income has gone down–the so-called "job creators" have been freezing/cutting the pay and benefits of employees for years now, while at the same time the pay, beneifts and bonuses of those in the corporate board rooms have skyrocketed. Anyone who is an employee on the lower or middle rungs of a company, and who votes for Romney, is simply voting against their own best interests.

    November 2, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    My family's income is up, my 401K is up, my savings is gowing.

    Tell Mitt to shove his lies. They won't work with my family. Karl Rove tactics are getting old.

    November 2, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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