Crossroads launches second round of fiscal cliff spots
December 11th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
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Crossroads launches second round of fiscal cliff spots

Washington (CNN) – A top independent conservative group Tuesday launched radio spots targeting five Democratic senators in the battle over negotiations to prevent the country from falling off the fiscal cliff.

Crossroads GPS says its ads urge Senators Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia to support significant spending cuts as part of any deal. The group says it's spending $240,000 to run the radio commercials.

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"The national debt is over $16 trillion. President Obama promised a balanced plan to fix it. Instead he's demanding massive tax increases and even more debt," says the narrator in the spots.

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization of American Crossroads, the independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that backs GOP causes and candidates. The groups combined spent more than $150 million in support of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's unsuccessful White House bid in the just-concluded 2012 campaign.

Last week Crossroads GPS became the first pro-Republican independent advocacy group to go up on television with ads urging the White House to offer more spending cuts as part of any fiscal cliff deal.

Unless Congress and the president reach an agreement by the end of the year, tax rates will automatically rise for nearly all Americans and major spending cuts will automatically begin to kick in for most government spending programs, including military programs.

At issue in the negotiations is a disagreement between the two major political parties over how to best raise the federal government's revenues. The president and most congressional Democrats argue for tax rate increases on the wealthiest Americans in order to raise revenue, while most congressional Republicans call for the closing of tax loopholes and deductions, and overall tax code reform. Both parties have indicated a willingness to implement spending cuts and reform entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, although specifics over how much and where have yet to be made.

The television and radio spots from Crossroads follow a slew of TV ads by pro-Democratic groups, such as a coalition of labor unions, and AARP, that urge any deal to avert the fiscal cliff not include major cuts to the entitlement programs.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Chip Douglas

    You 2- go into a conf room. Lock the door. Don't come out until deal is reached. Just like the pope: white smoke vs black smoke.

    December 11, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. onlyfacts

    More wasteful spending. It's fairly simple. Well over 50% of the country do not believe a word said by Crossroads or any other Conservative "think how to mislead" group. Do they really believe their message is going to persuade Americans in their favor. These Conservatives just don't get it. WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU! DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE MAJORITY. OR SHUT UP!

    December 11, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. plain&simple

    If the extremely wealthy would just stop to think about how much money they have thrown at getting their political policy approved,with nothing to show for it....maybe it would be cheaper to just pay their fair share.

    December 11, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    is rover spending money left over from the last campaign, or are the idiot rich still giving hem more? That would be weird.

    December 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. NameNC_Right

    Secession is needed now....let the urban centers "read leeches" rot

    December 11, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. rs

    NameNC_Right-

    Another misconception- the budget leeches are the rural Red states- not the Blue Northeast.

    December 11, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    All of this could have been avoided if the corporations are people too folks hadn't sat on their billions in revenue given to them by a grateful GW nearly a decade ago ... and had actually used those profits to create well paying jobs in America.

    December 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Rick in OP

    CNN,
    Thank you for the insightful column on the debt problem from earlier today. This is what the current debate should be about. Regardless of what Paul Krugman says, entitlement spending and interest on the debt will literally crush America in the near future. Much education needs to be done on this topic as far too many people have been distracted by this silly debate about raising taxes on the upper 2% of taxpayers. The United States does not have a taxing problem, we have a spending problem. Just look at Greece, Spain and Portugal today, they are circling the drain...we are not far behind them.

    December 11, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    Hello Mr. McDaniel – either you want to have follow-up comments ( responses) to your posts, or you are just trying to "play" the dumb card – either way – I typically laugh at your posts . you need to listen to Lynda in Minnesota & Marie in MD – maybe they can teach you a thing or two – in civics 101 – or a little bit of politics 101 – good luck -

    December 11, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. rs

    Rick in OP-

    But what you fail to aknowledge in your comparison to Greece is that out debt ratio to GNP is so much lower. Going into austerity (firing federal and state employees, etc.) will only make our economy much worse and bring back recession.

    Sure, the rich will do just fine (again), but this will be bad for the vast majority of Americans who had nothing to do with the GOP's "Cut taxes and spend" mantra, and who did not benefit from it.

    December 11, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. independent

    Get over being in a party. The only real issue is to stop spending more than we take in. Get a "real" surpus and start paying down the debt. Neither party is doing this. Get on a budget! Fire everyone until they do.

    December 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. w l jones

    We;; we;; we if those $150 million went into the government coffer the country would be closed to solve it finanicer problem.

    December 11, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Rick in OP

    @rs

    Rick in OP-

    But what you fail to aknowledge in your comparison to Greece is that out debt ratio to GNP is so much lower. Going into austerity (firing federal and state employees, etc.) will only make our economy much worse and bring back recession.

    Sure, the rich will do just fine (again), but this will be bad for the vast majority of Americans who had nothing to do with the GOP's "Cut taxes and spend" mantra, and who did not benefit from it.
    -------------------------------------------------
    I respectfully but vehemently disagree. The fiscal problems we have today began in the 1960's and both political parties are complicit. Placing blame is not the issue, we are way beyond that. Read the Simpson-Bowlers Report, it explains everything in frightening detail. The current level of spending is unsustainable, period.

    December 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. GI Joe

    A million here, a million there, some military cuts here, some there. Some medicaid and medicare fraud gotten rid of; some disability investigated better to get the low-lifes out of the system - it adds up. Not to mention the Indians that come here and bring their parents (who don't speak English, cannot work, have never worked, but somehow draw Soc. Sec.) I saw that in California a lot when I worked there. Soc. Sec. and Medicare are for the people WHO PAID INTO IT.

    December 11, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Sniffit

    This episode of Plutocracy Theater brought to you by the letter $.

    December 11, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. wjmccartan

    First of all, let's throw Rove over that cliff and see if he bounces, then sit down and work something out. As for tax increases, these are not tax increases, these are a return to normal taxation. So stop with all the tax increase sh*t, nobody is buying it, and as for trickle down economics, it doesn't work after more then ten years of trying the American people can see the lie. Here we are again though the republicans are going to be obstructionists, it hasn't paid off now and if you think it will work out in 2014 your dumber than even I thought. Let the president run the country or be prepared to be voted out, because that's what will happen.

    December 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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