Conservative ads hit Dems over 'reckless spending and debt'
July 18th, 2011
09:54 AM ET
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Conservative ads hit Dems over 'reckless spending and debt'

(CNN) – The latest wave of ads launched Monday by Crossroads GPS, an independent Republican advocacy group, urges 10 Democratic members of Congress to cut spending and the national debt.

The spots are the third installment from the group this summer and will air for two weeks backed by $1.4 million. Monday's release follows national and state ads that aired as part of the larger $20 million campaign.

The 30-second spots juxtapose the Democratic House members voicing their support for fiscal discipline with their votes on large spending bills like the stimulus package.

"Tired of Washington double talk on spending?," the ads say. "Tell Rep. ______ no more reckless spending and debt, no more blank checks."

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 cycle.

Democratic Reps. Mike Ross of Arkansas, Jim Matheson of Utah, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Bill Owens and Tim Bishop of New York, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Leonard Boswell of Iowa, Jerry Costello of Illinois and Lois Capps of California, all considered vulnerable in the next election cycle, are the focus of the district-specific ads.

"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," President of Crossroads GPS Steven Law said in a statement.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    More smoke and mirrors from the liars.

    July 18, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Pete

    Once again the Right lies. The so-called 'reckless spending' of the stimulus would never have been necessary if the GOP and Bush hadn't started unfunded wars, given tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations who didn't use the cuts to create jobs, practically destroying the US economy. But reality doesn't really matter to these people—or what's good for the country.

    July 18, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. stevetall

    Only a mentally incompetent individual would try to blame this mess on the Democrats. The real culprit is the moronic tax cuts that the Republicans have advocated since World War II. Apparently, only the pathetically stupid will believe such rubbish, so that explains the current popularity of the Republican fiscal philosophy.

    July 18, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. cindy

    What a bunch of happy horse hockey!!! The republican-tea parties-the party of no signed their souls to one man. The only thing on their minds is greed and power-not the American People they were elected to represent. They twist and turn anything and everything to achievetheir agenda of "Me and Mine"

    July 18, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    you REALLY want to discuss reckless spending? What is this group spending for the stupid ads? The GOP is not looking too smart to a lot of Americans right now so I guess they have to come out with ads like this so the gullible can fall for it.

    July 18, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. John

    the Republican got America In Is Mess. And now they are putting lie on TV. Just like the Republican Lie about everything. These Republican are nothing but a bunch of Hypocrite.

    July 18, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Much of the recent rise in annual debt is due to reduced revenue associated with high unemployment, and not so much due to actual increases in government spending. The Republicans know this. They campaigned on it last year. Jobs. It is what they always claim to be the single best source of new revenue, Jobs.

    Democrats understand the need for fiscal discipline. Republicans would rather mischaracterize Democrats with altruistic sounding arguments and manufactured debates over issues that do not mean anything over the long run.

    Remember all of the adds we saw about "wasteful spending" on things like various research projects at various colleges and universities. Just last week they made a lot of noise about light bulbs and government control. What they failed to say is that the bill was written and sponsored by a Republican during the GWB administration. Now they oppose it because it sounds like government control over your lives, when in fact it was legislation aimed at government buildings and offices to save money on energy bils.

    July 18, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. logic in LA

    This group obviously has a short memory for their golden boys. Two unfunded wars, taxes so low they cannot support our country and a 5 year spending frenzy put us in the spot we're in. Time to say- let's move on- make some cuts and RAISE TAXES!

    July 18, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Ray E. Georgia

    Only a moronic idiot would blame the huge 14.5 Trillion Dollar Debt on the Republicians. If you look at history, uh that requires some brains, you will see that Democrats Put in place all these Social Programs that are now going down the tubes.. And if your democrat ideas are so good, after 75 years of social engineering, by democrats, Social Security, Medicare, A house for everybody, afford it or not, Obama Care, High Unemployment a real party right? Get your head out of the sand and take a look. You might not like what you see.

    July 18, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Republicans love to cite Obama as being responsible for over $4T in new debt since he took office. Let's take a look at the truth.

    FY2009 had $1.4T in debt. It belonged to GWB. It included the TARP that Republicans voted down in Sept. 2008 but passed on Oct 2 1008. That means it went on the FY2009 budget, not the FY2008 budget.

    Conservatives always assign blame for this trillion dollar plus deficit on Obama, which is complete falsehood. The votes on TARP were carefully timed so that if a "D" won the White House we would see the politics we see today. Blame the Democrat in the White House. If an "R" won the White House, we would see the blame being placed on a Democratic Congress. "They forced it on us."

    July 18, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Randy

    Taking words from the Obama playbook. I believe that the Bush tax cuts created or "saved" 20,000,000 jobs. Prove me wrong.

    July 18, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. earl

    In the case of tax cuts, we can see that, despite the cuts, the economy still crashed, unemployment rates increased, and that only now are we slowly recovering, leading everyone to believe that the tax cuts didn't do any good. What would have happened, though, without the tax cuts? Just because the tax cuts didn't 100% insulate us from market fluctuations, does that mean that the tax cuts didn't do anything? Is it possible that the situation would have been worse with a higher tax burden on businesses and individuals?

    July 18, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Rudy NYC


    Taking words from the Obama playbook. I believe that the Bush tax cuts created or "saved" 20,000,000 jobs. Prove me wrong.
    When GWB took office unemployment was just over 4% and we had nearly 18 million manufacturing jobs.

    When GWB left office, unemployment was at nearly 8% and rising at over 700,000 per month. While our total number of domestic manufacturing jobs had dropped to 11 million because of conservative tax policies that reward companies for shipping manufacturing overseas.

    July 18, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. earl

    President George W. Bush entered office in 2001 just as a recession was starting, and is preparing to leave in the middle of a long one. That’s almost 22 months of recession during his 96 months in office.

    His job-creation record won’t look much better. The Bush administration created about three million jobs (net) over its eight years, a fraction of the 23 million jobs created under President Bill Clinton‘s administration and only slightly better than President George H.W. Bush did in his four years in office. Because the size of the economy and labor force varies, we also calculate in percentage terms how much the total payroll count expanded under each president. The current President Bush, once taking account how long he’s been in office, shows the worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.

    July 18, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. al in memphis

    There is a reason why 20+ other countries have passed the USA in education since the 1980s. Political groups that put out this kind of nonsense know that it does take much to fool the willingly uneducated ( that includes us with college degrees)
    It's absolutely pathetic when you look at our ability to participate in a honest conversation about problems and how to solve them.

    July 18, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Lori in St Pete

    Randy, are you implying that our economy would have been bleeding EVEN MORE THAN THE 500K jobs lost EVERY SINGLE MONTH that the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was squatting in the WH?

    July 18, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Crossroads GPS could have saved millions of dollars by just going on "fair and balance" Fox news for free to push its propoganda. Follow Palin's example, she is getting millions of dollars of free campaign air time on Fox.

    July 18, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    Republicans really believe that anyone who has a brain will believe their blather? Count out the 25% of the population who would vote for Stalin before Obama and then what? The sheep will deliver as usual but the rest will reject their tripe outright

    July 18, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    earl asked:
    What would have happened, though, without the tax cuts? Just because the tax cuts didn't 100% insulate us from market fluctuations, does that mean that the tax cuts didn't do anything?
    The Bush tax cuts had little to no impact on the financial crisis. Regulations and enforcement policies were the catalysts behind the crisis. The tax cuts curtailed our ability to respond with classis remedies. Not only did they turn a surplus into a massive deficit, they left us with no options but to incur more debt when the crisis bloomed.

    July 18, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |