Conservative ads attack Dems, one Senate seat at a time
November 10th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
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Conservative ads attack Dems, one Senate seat at a time

(CNN) - Crossroads GPS isn't wasting time in its ad offensive against Democrats. The conservative advocacy group released ads in five states one day after announcing it would spend $2.6 million on a campaign bashing the incumbent president.

The new round of ads will run for two weeks in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Virginia, and Nebraska - sites of critical Senate contests in 2012.

As the GOP seeks to capture control of the Senate where Democrats currently hold a 53-47 seat advantage, Crossroads GPS sank $1.8 million into ads that begin running Thursday. Spots in Nebraska are scheduled to start Friday.

And in Missouri, Montana, and Virginia, the group ties Senate candidates to President Barack Obama in an apparent effort to hitch Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Jon Tester, and Senate candidate Tim Kaine's fates to a president whose approval rating hasn't budged from the mid-40s.

But the spot in Massachusetts tries a different tactic as images of Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren are placed in the foreground of scenes from Occupy protests.

"We need jobs, not intellectual theories and radical protests," the narrator says. Warren has openly supported the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The combined buy for ads in 10 states, including a stinging critique of President Obama's policy on taxes released Wednesday, is $4.4 million.

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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Crossroads GPS • Elizabeth Warren • Senate • Tim Kaine
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The conservative advocacy group released ads in five states one day after announcing it would spend $2.6 million on a campaign bashing the incumbent president."

    GPS Crossroads 101, Chapter # (fill in the blank) ... Karl Rove bashes President Obama.

    November 10, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The disinformation campaign begins. Accusations that President Obama has raised taxes. False. Accusations that regulations have stifled jobs growth. False, when you cannot name the regulations. Dodd-Frank hasn't even kicked in yet, and what do financial regulations have to do with manufacturing plants closing and moving oversease? Nothing.

    Jobs growth is slow because demand has all but stalled, an in retreat at times, as people pay off their debts instead of purchasing goods that they really do not need.

    November 10, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Bill

    Who cares? Let them waste their money – the American people are on to Rove and Co. smear tactics.

    November 10, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    The GOP and its supporters should save money and stop ALL negative campaigning and leave Senate Democrats alone. Their record speaks for itself and gaining 4 seats in the Senate is a certainty anyway!

    November 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. rowan66

    attack attack attack, with no solutions of their own. Then once they're in power, they break government even more, run up deficits, pass drug bills, tax cuts and launch wars that they refuse to pay for, and and when they get kicked out they scream and point "Look, government is broken and doesn't work!!!" while obstructing any ideas that could actually HELP... Then have the gall to say, "Well we're different now!"

    November 10, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. claire

    Here it comes? Last nights "Debate" was an attack on the human brain??? I have work to do, I haven,t the "Time" to watch Cartoons? Please??

    November 10, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Muldoon in Ohio

    I saw the ad Pat Boone did in Ohio opposing Senator Brown and possible cuts to Medicare, and couldn't make sense of it. Boone appeared to be feeble and confused. I believe the repubs are wasting their money on this effort.

    November 10, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "Accusations that President Obama has raised taxes. False."
    Oh really?

    Not that I care, but how about the $1 per pack on cigarettes? What about the inheritance tax? Is it not a fact that Obamacare started taking in revenue from several different sources in 2010 when the so-called benefits don't start kicking in until 2014?

    What about those?

    November 10, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. 357 days and no more Obama

    sounds good; defeat them one at a time or in mass like the 2010 election until there are no more Democrats in power.

    November 10, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    The Republican party has already been branded the Party of NO . The cannot promote one single piece of legislation that has helped improve even one of the many items on the country’s long to do list. The stench of extremism is on them because the party embraced the extremist group called the Tea party. But more than anything they have betrayed those that gave them the majority in the House. The GOP has squandered the opportunity we gave them to make things better. Congressional Republicans obstructionist agenda will no longer be supported as the results of the various elections around the country have proven. Don't go too far....and the GOP has gone too far.

    November 10, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. thomas

    Pat Boone ?

    Why not Lawrence Welk !

    November 10, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Stop the Charade

    "We need jobs, not intellectual theories and radical protests," the narrator says.

    We need some degree of honesty and integrity in campaigning and not exceptional editing and propaganda skills, which is all that Roadkill GPS seems to have, along with a blank check from the extremist right.

    November 10, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Canuck

    @rowan66; brilliantly put.

    Any right-wingers out there care to counter his points?

    November 10, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:
    What about those?
    The inheritance tax has not been raised at the federal level. I am glad for a $1 tax on a pack of cigarrettes. Like such a tax really hurts job creation and caused Whirlpool to recently send a manufacturing plant to China. The Affordable Care Act has not added taxes. So far, it has only mandated that children can be covered until age 25, you cannot be denied coverate for a pre-existing condtion (like being a woman), and you cannot be dropped for getting ill.

    Since you cannot support your abstract charge of tax increases associated with the ACA, then we are forced to assume that your abstract charges are simply false talking points. Next time I will ignore such outbursts, and not even address them.

    November 10, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Accusations that regulations have stifled jobs growth. False, when you cannot name the regulations. "

    Don't even give them that ground. Expert consensus and actual STUDIES have shown that regulations actually have either a net zero or slight posiive effect on job creation. Where they reduce jobs in one areae, they replace them in another. The fact is that regulations create economic and market pressure and demand for new skill sets, new services, new specializations, education services, manufacture of equipment, research and development, etc. Who do yuo think teaches a licensed site professional all the science and regualtory framework involved in environmental regulations? Who does the research and development for the equipment invovled in site testing and evaluation? Who Who builds that equipment? Who operates the equipment? Who runs the labs testing the soils, groundwater or air samples? The list goes on and on and on and on. The FACT is, the GOP is completely and utterly full of dogdoo when it comes to their claims that regulations are jobs killers, just like they're full of it when they claim that cutting atxes creates jobs, creates welath that trickles down and magically spurs the economy in such a manner that the tax cuts actually lead to increased revenue. It's all doublethink, just like Orwell warned.

    November 10, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. enough of lies

    look we have comments from turbo timmy the tax cheat, to bad that when it comes to integrity that no one can believe a word from his mouth. just like obama and king on cnn, liberal investigation and lies from all those who want to see obama as a dictator, but let it happen and watch closely who will lose and it wont be the American Patriots, it will be the dictators and tax cheats, soon gentlemen, soon, we are coming.

    November 10, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Obama and the Democrats are going to have a real hard time running on their record of complete failure over the last 4 years of Obama and more of Democrat control of Congress.

    Look at this:

    2007 Democrat Senate, Democrat House, Republican President
    2008 Democrat Senate, Democrat House, Republican President
    2009 Democrat Senate, Democrat House, Democrat President
    2010 Democrat Senate, Democrat House, Democrat President
    2011 Democrat Senate, Republican House, Democrat President

    Demorcats controlled 12 out of 15 over the last 5 years!! THEY CAUSED THIS MESS AND CAN'T FIX IT!!

    November 10, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |