Crossroads spends $4.2 million on Senate race spots
August 23rd, 2012
10:40 AM ET
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Crossroads spends $4.2 million on Senate race spots

(CNN) – The conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS is spending upwards of $4 million to air attack ads against Democrats in Florida, Montana, New Mexico and Ohio, the group announced Thursday.

The spot targeting Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida goes after the second term Democrat for voting "yes" on President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, which the ad says created a "health care crisis" in the Sunshine State.

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"Tell Senator Nelson it's time to repeal," a narrator in the spot says.

Nelson faces four term U.S. Rep. Connie Mack in November's general election.

An ad running in Montana hits Sen. Jon Tester for not doing enough to reduce the federal debt, saying the debt was increasing "$3.5 billion every day since Jon Tester arrived in the U.S. Senate."

Rep. Denny Rehberg, a six term congressman representing Montana, is challenging Tester in the general election.

The Crossroads spot airing in New Mexico hits Rep. Martin Heinrich for supporting spending measures that Crossroads characterizes as superfluous. Heinrich is competing against former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

"Tell Martin more money wasted is not the solution," a narrator says. "Focus on jobs for New Mexico."

Sen. Sherrod Brown is the target of Crossroads' spot running in Ohio. The ad uses a mock movie trailer, a fake newscast and a pretend infomercial to blast Brown on his economic record.

Democrats currently have a 53-47 majority in the U.S. Senate, but are defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs in November. That includes 21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party.

"Karl Rove is spending millions propping up Denny Rehberg, Josh Mandel, Connie Mack, and Heather Wilson because he knows that these Republicans will be rubber stamps for his agenda that puts Wall Street, Big Oil, and millionaires ahead of seniors, small businesses, and the middle-class," Shripal Shah, press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, wrote in a statement responding to the ads. "As voters learn more about these dangerous, anti-middle class policies, they'll quickly realize that they can't afford to send Republicans who support this agenda to the Senate."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is another reason that money should be held out of politics. It tends to have those who have the money have an overwhelming amount of influence on something where everyone should have an equal voice.

    August 23, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Know what a Crossroads is? That's the place you make deals with the devil.

    August 23, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. GOP Supreme Leader

    Look at all you nice little GOP minions posting today! Good minions!!! Telling those evil democrats how the GOP will help the poor and middle class people. Hehehe. Now obey your supreme GOP master like good little minions and VOTE AGAINST YOUR OWN INTERESTS!!!!! Atta minions!!!! You go!!!!

    August 23, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Vic

    Well, it's alexithymic Mitt's election to lose and Rove's money to waste.

    August 23, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. gord

    peanuts compared to the billions the cross road boys will make with tax cuts and there war with iran

    August 23, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |