Student loan debate brings online attack ads targeting four Dem. senators
July 12th, 2013
12:04 PM ET
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Student loan debate brings online attack ads targeting four Dem. senators

(CNN) – Crossroads GPS is not waiting for the dust to settle on the debate over student loans in the U.S. Senate. The Karl Rove-backed super PAC has already launched a small online ad campaign against four Democratic senators it blames for not stopping the rate hike.

Display ads launched on Facebook Friday will target college students and young people in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, calling out their respective senators Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan. All are Democrats.

According to a statement from Crossroads GPS, the ad campaign tells those who read it that their respective senators are "holding your future hostage."

Student loan rates doubled July 1 from 3.4% to 6.8% after Congress failed to reach a deal averting the increase. Efforts to retroactively lower the rates foundered Thursday after a report from the Congressional Budget Office estimated the current plan to lower rates would cost $22 billion over 10 years.

Tentative student loan deal hits snag

In the meantime, voices on both sides of the aisle have begun blaming each other for their inability to pass the legislation.

The Crossroads campaign will cost a modest $50,000, the group said, a drop in the bucket when compared to past efforts. In the 2012 federal elections, the group spent $176 million, according to OpenSecrets.org.


Filed under: Congress • Crossroads GPS • Kay Hagan • Mark Begich • Mary Landrieu • Senate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. it must be said

    I love Karl Rove. A true American patriot and hero.

    July 12, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP is going to lose the house in the next election in 2014 and forget about the senate or White House due to their incompetence and obstruction, GOP is the garbage of America and only have clowns for cans dates and reps!!!!!

    July 12, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    It's Bush's fault.

    July 12, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. rick7809

    Isn't this a 501(c)4 "issue oriented organization that does not act for or against a specific candidate?

    July 12, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Karl Rove should go sell his snake oil somewhere else. His time is passed...

    July 12, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    "voices on both sides of the aisle have begun blaming each other for their inability to pass the legislation"

    LOL, it's like a Kubrickian farce. Calling Dr. Strangelove!

    Behold the sagging of late-Empire bloat. The sclerotic inaction, the petty internecine bickering, while the barbarians lick their chops at the gate.

    July 12, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. rs

    The GOP (i.e. Crossroads) can attack Democrats all they want... if only 17 Republicans voted for the fix the bill would have passed- mnaturally, they all voted against it- and in their twisted little heads- thats the fault of the Democrats, and not themselves.
    The almost humorous thing is they expect rational people to believe that.

    July 12, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    I expect nothing less from Rove and his group of thugs, but they've underestimated the ability of college students to know Congress is the real blame for this and I hope they'll take their anger out on them at the polls.

    July 12, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    No big deal. The government has no business being in the student loan business, in the first place.

    July 12, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    It's Bush's fault.
    ------------------
    I'm not blaming Bush for the political differences over the vote. But I do want to point out that Bush did change the student loan program through privatization, which has led to this interest rate vote every few years. Not a whole lot different from the farm bill that comes up every few years. This student loan rate issue never existed before Bush made those changes.

    July 12, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Tony

    the republican congress is to blame for this, and Mr rove i will not drink your coolaide i will vote dem all the way.

    July 12, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. it must be said

    Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.
    The GOP is going to lose the house in the next election in 2014 and forget about the senate
    --

    You are delusional. If they didn't lose the House when Obama was on the ballot in 2012 they will not lose it in a midterm election.

    As for the Senate, Democrats will likely lose control of the Senate as those 9 red state Democrats will now have to answer for the Democrat Party's assault on the second amendment, their out of control spying and targeting of the American people and all the other Democrat scandals.

    2016 is too far away to worry about right now. But after Obamacare decimates our healthcare system and Obama leaves office with still record unemployment, the country will be looking for responsible governance and that will not mean the Democrat Party.

    July 12, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. California Gary

    @it must be said........if the people will be looking for "responsible governance" as you say, they sure won't be looking to the GOP for it. The "governance" displayed by the GOP controlled House of Representatives has been anything but "responsible".........

    July 12, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    We can spend trillions on the senseless Iraq war (final cost not in; lotta wounded vets needing care), we can spend billions on an F-22 or F35 fighter with little use in modern warfare (assuming we ever get the F-35 to even work properly, though they are already in production), but 2.2 billion a year investing in our students, Forget It.

    Good Ol American Values.

    July 12, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    No big deal. The government has no business being in the student loan business, in the first place.

    ----

    Then who dose , some corporation like pay day lending , maybe charge say 20% interest .
    None of you get this , this is about greedy online universities such as " University of Phenix and others and there BIG Lobby . They want to continue to rip off the American tax payer . That is why Karl Rove going is after these politicians . Roves wealthy donors don't care about education , they care about they bottom line .

    Rick McDaniel ,
    I'm sure you have no need for affordable higher education . You can always hire a highly educated foreigner to think for you .

    July 12, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    It's Bush's fault.
    ------
    I'm not blaming Bush for the political differences over the vote. But I do want to point out that Bush did change the student loan program through privatization, which has led to this interest rate vote every few years. Not a whole lot different from the farm bill that comes up every few years. This student loan rate issue never existed before Bush made those changes.
    ------
    Obama (the Feds) took over the student loan program over 3 years ago, did they not? Please explain how "privitaization" continues to force interest rate votes now that the feds own the whole she-bang? You can't. It's just another made up talking point from the Rudy archives.

    July 12, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    it must be said wrote:

    ... ... As for the Senate, Democrats will likely lose control of the Senate as those 9 red state Democrats will now have to answer for the Democrat Party's assault on the second amendment, their out of control spying and targeting of the American people and all the other Democrat scandals. ... ... ...
    -----------------
    And the Republicans wash their hands of all responsibility? How come this vote wasn't taken back in June, before it expired. Were the Rs to busy running investigation to vote? How come they cannot pass a farm bill or a realistic immigration bill?

    How many millions of taxpayer dollars has the Tea Party House wasted on votes repealing Obamacare? Ditto on Wall Street reforms? Do you think the public has not noticed that Republicans say one thing, but do something complete different?

    July 12, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Brass Tacks:

    The GOP/Teatrolls will loudly demand that young students, in order to better their lives and receive their educations and get the education that they need in order to compete, be forced to pay interest rates on their education loans that are "tied to the free market" but with very little, if anything, to protect them from spikes in interest rates that could balloon their monthly payments and significantly cut into their ability to spend and save as a middle-class worker.

    They will then vehemently defend policies that are designed to protect the extremely wealthy and corporations from the "free market" costs and expenses of doing business and playing Wall Street investment gambling games...such as ridiculous tax breaks for private jets and massive multi-billion dollar subsidies handed out to industries that report record profits during the worst recession in a century.

    Plutocracy at its finest. Kneel peons, kneel.

    July 12, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. daboys777

    Privatization of student loans was another of Bush's stupid ideas that we're now paying for. Change it back and have America invest in Americans again.

    July 12, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. rs

    As for the Senate, Democrats will likely lose control of the Senate as those 9 red state Democrats will now have to answer for the Democrat Party's assault on the second amendment, their out of control spying and targeting of the American people and all the other Democrat scandals.

    2016 is too far away to worry about right now. But after Obamacare decimates our healthcare system and Obama leaves office with still record unemployment, the country will be looking for responsible governance and that will not mean the Democrat Party.
    _______________________________
    An interesting observation. However you assume that the unhappiness with what Obama has accomplished (or failed to) will translate into votes for Republucans.
    What have Reoublicans doene in 5 years?
    No jobs bills. They've attacked Civil and Voting Rights. They are anti-worker. They are anti-poor. They have attacker worker's rights. They have no Health care solution, nor one for immigration (or anything else apparently). The GOP has done nothing but pass anti-abortion laws. What happened to their "laser-like focus on jobs and the economy"? They have done squat on that front.

    Yet despite their hatred, racism and inacation- the defict is down (we actually are running a budget surplus!), unemployment is down, the markets are up, sales are up, wages are up....

    All without the GOP.
    Who needs 'em?

    July 12, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Minnie Mouse

    Make everyone pay for education, except for the ones who land scholarships. This could keep the interest rates at an all time low, and always!

    The blame is on our system for handing out free education to some, not enough assistance to those who are struggling and the college tuition rates are to high.

    July 12, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Country Girl

    If we cut the wages of the house/senate, put them on the same medical plan as other workers, and told them they had to work 20 years (at least) to EARN their retirement, then the US could easily afford to keep student loan rates at a modest level. You can buy a house with a 4% loan (or lower) why 6.8% to fund education???

    July 12, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    Brass Tacks:

    The GOP/Teatrolls will loudly demand that young students, in order to better their lives and receive their educations and get the education that they need in order to compete, be forced to pay interest rates on their education loans that are "tied to the free market" but with very little, if anything, to protect them from spikes in interest rates that could balloon their monthly payments and significantly cut into their ability to spend and save as a middle-class worker.

    They will then vehemently defend policies that are designed to protect the extremely wealthy and corporations from the "free market" costs and expenses of doing business and playing Wall Street investment gambling games...such as ridiculous tax breaks for private jets and massive multi-billion dollar subsidies handed out to industries that report record profits during the worst recession in a century.

    Plutocracy at its finest. Kneel peons, kneel.
    -------
    The Bolshevik revolution was in 1917 – you're 100 years too late.

    July 12, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Obama (the Feds) took over the student loan program over 3 years ago, did they not? Please explain how "privitaization" continues to force interest rate votes now that the feds own the whole she-bang? You can't. It's just another made up talking point from the Rudy archives.
    ------------------
    What are you talking about. The rate rules were always still in effect. The entire program wasn't privatized, either.

    July 12, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Former Republican, now an Independent

    How ironic that the very party responsible for the rise in student loan rates and college tuition overall is now trying to play the good guys. What a bunch of hypocrites!

    July 12, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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