More ads and Obama criticism from Republican group
July 8th, 2011
11:47 AM ET
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More ads and Obama criticism from Republican group

(CNN) - Crossroads GPS, an independent Republican advocacy group, announced a new wave of ads Friday, the second phase of a $20 million campaign focused on government spending and the national debt.

The $7 million ad buy will include a spot on national cable and television stations in battleground and early presidential contest states, as well as state-specific ads targeting Democratic senators, according to the group.

The national ad, "Wake Up," will run in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada and Virginia. It will air in 30 and 60 second spots narrated by a woman who says she cannot sleep because of her family's financial worries.

"I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully, but since then things have gone from bad to much worse," the woman says. "There's got to be a way to take away President Obama's blank check."

Ads will also air against Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

"The ads encourage constituents to contact the Senators and say no to more taxes, spending and debt," a statement from Crossroads GPS read.

Next week, the group will start airing ads in approximately ten House districts.

"As the debt limit negotiations heat up, we need to counter the power of the President's bully pulpit and make sure Americans are getting the facts," Steven Law, president of Crossroads GPS, said in a statement. "President Obama and his congressional allies have already wasted hundreds of billions of our tax dollars, and we need to send them the message that they don't deserve another penny in taxes."

Crossroads GPS, an arm of American Crossroads, spent $70 million in the 2010 midterm elections and has pledged to raise $120 million for the 2012 election cycle.

The first phase of the campaign announced in June also focused on the state of the economy and the stimulus bill passed under Obama. That spot was scheduled to air on national cable news channels and in key voting states.

- CNN's Alison Harding contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. John, PA

    Here is teh ad Obamas can use for his reelection,
    You are better off with:
    higher unemployment
    higher taxes
    higher home foreclosure rate
    higher price of gasoline
    higher price of food
    higher prices on everything
    the tax evading Democratic Party
    the Democrats lying thru their teeth
    an out of control budget / no budget
    a health care reform disaster

    July 8, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Twenty Million Dollars in ads ? What the hell is going on ? The rich have that much "extra" money to spend after a couple million for a Billy the Kid picture ? The tail is wagging the dog ! If we keep electing the current brand of Republicans, we will soon look like Bangladesh or Chad. The rich have TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH !!!

    July 8, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    @fair is fair: When is the economy Obama's baby? How about when he finally gets done fixing the massive problems W left for him? The obvious seems to escape you...

    July 8, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. SayWhat

    "Crossroads GPS, an independent Republican advocacy group."

    Independent from what? Truth? Reality? They are just a group of hired weasels who make a living from trying to shape public opinion to serve the interests of their corporate masters. Karl Rove continues to live the sorry tale of what can happen to an individual who sells his soul to the twin serpents of greed and power.

    July 8, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Obama 2012

    The Repubs don't balance budgets. The Repubs don't create jobs. All the Repubs do is point out what is wrong about what everyone else is doing, without ever offering an idea or solution. How are people still fooled by this over and over again?

    July 8, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. John

    Did the Republican ever think thing are going so bad Is because all they do Is Complain about President Obama and say NO all the Time. You Republican ever try and sit down with him and try to Compromise and try to help him. You know the American People may get something done. But you Republican are NOT EVEN TRY TO WORK WITH HIM and he doing the best he can By Him self. You Tell me how much Of Republican Honestly attribute Policies they have done be side all way saying NO , and they do not even try to Compromise. I would say that nobody In the House or Senate deserve to get pay at all. We been Paying Republican In the House and Senate Just to say NO and do nothing. They ran on get JOBS In 2010 and have done nothing to even try to do anything about It. They just want to blame President Obama on everything. And the biggest problem Is the Republican are NOT DOING ANYTHING AT ALL.

    July 8, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    The new campaign finance laws are going to bring a permanent Republican presidency, permanent Republican majorities in both houses of congress, permanent Republican governorships and permanent Republican majorities in statehouses. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    July 8, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Tony Z

    @Fair is Fair- Got scared of the who expanded the government- What President?

    At the end of the day, the economy is improving. Republicans complain about job killing taxes, regulations and failed stimulus. They have yet to provide examples of the particulars, so lets move away from talking points and into facts. Right now, we need comprehensive tax and spending reforms. Spending cuts alone will not reduce the deficit because you still need increase revenue. That is basic math.

    At the end of the day, we are all Americans. We are part Capitalistic and part Socialistic which makes things work. The two balance each other. So. to Democrats and Republicans lets make a deal if not its time for all of you to move on.

    July 8, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. bugbuster

    Our political system can never be clean or sane until everyone ignores all radio and TV political advertising.

    July 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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