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

    This chick should be yelping about big businesses not paying their share of taxes instead of cutting off her nose to spite
    her face by taking away her social security rights and her grandmother's medicare. She is the typical uninformed
    lemming that the Republicans count on to push their wicked agenda.

    July 8, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    "When did the federal government start to expand? Name that President."

    George Washington.

    July 8, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    @Fair is Fair:
    To say that it is unfair for the top 1% to pay 40% (whatever it is) of taxes uses the same *fuzzy math* that trickle down does. You are comparing population (1%) to dollars (40%).

    How about the fact the same top 1% earn more than 40% of all income.

    July 8, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Marko

    Our only hope is that the American people will finally see through the republican game this time and not suck-up their lies in the advertising they create. It has repeated itself enough now, surely even the most naive must be catching on. Please catch on. You are being used big time by the big ultra rich power brokers behind these politicians. People whose names you have never heard of and that is the way they want it. They are the likes though of the Koch brothers, who carelessly let themselves get exposed. Their guard was let down by their growing and now uncontrollable greed.

    July 8, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. CutTax

    Obama, show me ajob

    July 8, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Tony in Maine

    Your Koch Brothers dollars buying the votes of the tiny-brained.

    We return you to your regularly scheduled weapon of masses distraction – Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars or whatever.

    July 8, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Lynda –

    I'm happy for your improvement! Really! But ask yourself this question – how much of that improvement can you honestly attribute to Obama's policies?

    July 8, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Tony

    I decided to buy a home because of Presiden Obama. I see a President who is trying to do all he can. I see the Republican Leadership of Congress doing nothing to improve American. I want to know of one piece of Legislation that Congress who is responsible for regulationg commerce – influence the creation of jobs. My goodness if thsee same Republicans were around in years past we would not have won our independence. Many of us would still be slaves. There would be no civil rights. There need to be a change of leadership in Congress.

    July 8, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Supidest country on earth. Seriously. Get bent America if you fall for this kind of substanceless nonsense.

    July 8, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Thom

    Now here's the face of the typical "real" American imbecile. Only in this country can the rebublicans brainwash a certain
    segment of the population that taking away all of the rights and benefits that they've worked so hard for and paid into
    such as social security will benefit them. Go ahead and vote against your own interests. I'll assume it's you thats
    sleeping under bridges with your grandparents once they take away their medicare benefits. This country is getting unbelievably stupid.

    July 8, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. SecedingfromTexas

    ".....anonymous blather on blogs don't make it true."
    Then why do you keep blathering?????? Cite your own "sources" and Faux News "don't" count.

    July 8, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Whoosh

    The ads will not help. Their lies will backfire in 2012. Watch!

    July 8, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. maikl

    Obama not guilty. It's Bush and ATM's machine. Where is YES WE CAN.? Where change? Nobody talk about it anymore. The worse president ever.

    July 8, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    The government offers more service than in 1913. The difference between the top 2% and the rest of the country has greater than it was in 1913. So, if everything being equal to what is was in 1913 we might not have this problem.
    Oh really??? You had the super wealthy back then as well (Vanderbuilt, etc.) and then you had new LEGAL immigrants with the shirt on their back. There always have been and always be some people richer than others. You should read up on history (besides the Bolshevik Revolution).

    And why is it the government's job to provide "services"??? Some are justified but MANY are not. Those "services" are simply entitlements paid for by other taxpayers and their hard work.

    July 8, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. jim

    "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.""


    Ok, so based on this, things were bad to start with. And it was. I know folks hate to hear - "It was Bush's fault", but lets look back anyway ...

    Bush took office in 2000 with a surplus.
    When the republicans held the WH and congress, Bush's veto pen was never used.

    The republicans held the WH and congress. They started two wars while at the same time cutting taxes – so who paid for the wars???

    The republicans held the WH and congress. They created the $400 billion Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization Act, while at the same time cutting taxes – so who paid for that???

    The Bush said this ....

    George W. Bush's stance on housing during the 2004 Republican Convention Acceptance Speech

    This speech was delivered at the 2004 Republican National Convention on September 2, 2004 when George W. Bush officially accepted the Republican nomination to run for President.


    "Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security, and dignity, and independence. Thanks to our policies, homeownership in America is at an all-time high. Tonight we set a new goal: seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years so more American families will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home."


    I wonder what these policies were that put so many people into homes they couldn't afford? Bush said it – no one else !!!

    Lets continue ....

    A lot of folks say this all started when the democrats took congress in 2006, but if anyone remembers, Bush's veto pen suddenly came to life and he vetoed ever democratic bill sent to him – so tell me, how could the 2006 democrats spend so much when Bush's veto pen killed everything they tried to pass??? Bush would not let the democratic congress spend because he vetoed everything.

    Then, in early 2008, economist told America that we were in a recession, but Bush denied it. "I believe in our economy" Bush said. But I have to ask, does anyone remember the "First Stimulus" in the early summer of 2008?? 80 Billion dollars borrowed from China so we could spend. Remember that? I think that was one of the very few things Bush passed from the Dem congress. So who paid for that???

    Then in the fall of 2008, the banks collapsed. Bush said we need to hand the banks $800 billion to save our country. And we did, under Bush's watch. This was caused by the housing bubble bursting. But didn't Bush say in 2004 ....

    "seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years so more American families will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home."

    So what happened W ???

    So in regards to the woman saying ... "take away President Obama's blank check" – don't forget that Bush also had this blank check. He just handed it to Obama. Hello folks??

    So do you think electing republicans will make it better?? Bush spent the money to break America. Obama spent to try and fix it, just like the woman says " from bad to much worse". The way it's going, regardless who wins elections, America is ...

    Bad, to much worse, ... to disaster. Happy I have no children!!!!

    July 8, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fair wrote:
    Please cite your sources for these so-called facts. Anonymousl blather on blogs don't make it true.
    You have dismissed them as talking points, but I will restate them again.
    -the stock market rose from 8000 to over 12,000
    -jobs per month from -750,000 to +230,00
    -GDP rose from -3.5% to +1.5%
    -unemployment peaked at 10% and began and slow decline to under 9%.
    Now we have Republicans in power again. Watch what continues to happen to those numbers.

    July 8, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. REG in AZ

    One poster related their observation that the Republicans were aggressively resisting doing anything productive, that major corporations were actually hoarding their capital and that Special Interests and the influential and powerful few were constantly spreading their negative propaganda, with all of those efforts being aimed at seeing the economy continue to have substantial problems and for the Democrats to fail ... so that the Republicans could win in 2012 and return to a Bush-Cheney style governance with once again having the concentration being on benefit only for the few. The poster felt that was sufficient reason for the people to give in and to go along with the manipulation and con, as if anything else was just hopeless. The poster obviously had confidence in the “trickle down” theory, literally forgetting that Bush-Cheney proved it to be a total fraud. What the poster seemed to totally ignore was that once allowing that deception to succeed then the “die would be cast” for all times and the con and manipulation would be further encouraged ... besides then having accepted further decline and neglect for the majority, including the total middle-class. We have already seen the Republicans become greatly emboldened, arrogant and stubborn after their successes with manipulating the Christian block (2000), the Swift-boat propaganda (2004) and the Tea Party extremes (2010) all creatively just playing people’s emotions. There really is nothing to be gained for the majority by “giving in” to their manipulation and con.

    July 8, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Aaron

    The Repubs do have a knack for taking their concerns over the rich getting rich and making it sound like average Americans will be affected by anything affecting the rich. It used to be called lying, but apparently is now known as spin.

    July 8, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Jobe

    Its so bad they do not even need to stretch the truth in the ads. Obama has been unfit as an economic leader.

    July 8, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    LOL the Democrats should run a similar ad saying "I supported the Republicans in 2010 because they told me they would provide jobs and leadership" So far all they have done is try to dismantle social programs, bust unions, lay off federal workers like myself and cut education." I wish I was in the upper 2% so the GOP would pay attention to me as well.

    July 8, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. gt

    if obama does not get unemployment down ... these commericals will air more than auto insurance commercials..

    July 8, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. J

    Too bad most Republicans will forget these adds before the election, talk about wasting money.

    July 8, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, Fair is Fair, I call truce, OK? Do I wish that the millions of others who are still suffering job losses could find the same improvement as my family has seen over the past 3 years? Absolutely. To answer your question, we were able to keep our home due to the Obama Stimulus. Enough said.

    July 8, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. ja

    the group need to press rewind, bookmark when the mess started

    July 8, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Tony

    TO: Please cite your sources for these so-called facts. Anonymousl blather on blogs don't make it true.
    For Boehner – Roll Call reporting on Capital hill since 1955
    For McConnell – The Bates Capitol Group LLC, Lobbying Report, FEC Form 3 2005-2007, Voice for Humanity, IRS 2005 Form 990 and Sarah Jeffords – Sarah Jeffords and Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader

    July 8, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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