Crossroads' six ads hit Obama, other Democratic candidates
September 18th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Crossroads' six ads hit Obama, other Democratic candidates

(CNN) - The conservative group Crossroads GPS on Tuesday announced two major television buys totaling more than $10 million targeting President Barack Obama and several Democrats running congressional campaigns.

An $8.3 million buy of time for one week in eight states will target Obama, while a $2.3 million ad buy will target Democrats in four hotly contested Senate rates and one House race.

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The ad critical of Obama features two business people arguing he has increased their costs and regulations.

"Small businesses like ours are what have driven this country, and President Obama just doesn't seem to understand that," Sherry Wuebben says. Bill Schams says, "If he has four more years, I don't think we're going to want to see what it looks like."

The ad will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, the group said.

The five congressional race ads target Sen. John Tester's reelection bid in Montana; Senate candidates Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, and Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin; and New York Rep. Tim Bishop's reelection bid.

The spot airing in Montana criticizes Tester for having "gone Washington."

"Today, Tester looks a lot like Washington. Tester has taken more money from lobbyists than any other Senator running this year."

In mid-August, Crossroads announced an ad critical of him, as well as one aimed at Baldwin of Wisconsin.

The spot against her bid for Senate says she is "what's wrong with Washington."

"She thinks Obamacare didn't go far enough in putting government in control of our health care," the ad claims. "And Baldwin supports more taxes on middle class families."

Baldwin Communications Director John Kraus responded in a statement, "Tammy Baldwin has fought for Wisconsin's middle class and taken on the big moneyed special interests behind this attack. Now they are trying to hold on to the power and influence they have in Washington and prop up one of their friends, Tommy Thompson, because they know he will continue working for them in Senate."

In Nevada, Crossroads again targeted Berkley, making this their second spot against her in the last month. Titled "Shameful," text in the ad says she supports "jeopardizing care for seniors" while the narrator says she favors "slashing Medicare spending" while "enriching herself."

Crossroads' previous ad against Berkley also says she supported "slash(ing)" Medicare.

North Dakota voters will see a spot which takes a similar tactic using the health care law.

"Heidi Heitkamp supports the law," the narrator says. "Even though it raises taxes on the middle class and cuts Medicare spending by $716 billion, Heitkamp opposes repeal."

A CNN Fact Check of the claim has cast doubt on that Medicare claim when it was advanced by the Romney campaign.

A spokesman for Heitkamp, Brandon Lorenz, responded, "Heidi believes there is good and bad in the health care law, and we should keep the good and fix the bad."

"Heidi would never vote to take away care from seniors, but Rep. Berg has voted to go back to a time when we could deny care to people with pre-existing conditions, and to repeal the Frontier Amendment, which means a $650 million cut to Medicare funding for North Dakota hospitals," Lorenz said in a statement.

The ad against Bishop, the incumbent in NY-1, questions his "priorities" and "judgment," highlighting reports of "calls for investigations for abusing his power."

Bishop's race is rated as leaning Democratic (on a scale of toss up, lean, likely, and safe) by the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call.

Crossroads previously targeted the congressman in July 2011, when it hit Bishop and nine other Democrats with ads criticizing them of supporting "reckless spending and debt."

The conservative group, backed by GOP strategist Karl Rove, has spent millions this year on ads in congressional races.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    Obama's primary goal is get everyone except the "rich" included in the non-tax-paying, welfare supported, and food stamp fed group of citizens and then require the "rich to support them".

    September 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    The problem with filthy rich is-GREED. This is what I say, what I said, what I will be saying in future.

    September 18, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Pete

    It's funny how Rove turned facts around,money does change things doesn't it!! It was shown that this is a lie as well with just around 3% nationwide would have to pay taxes in companies that generate gross incomes of over $250,000...I myself a retired business owner had plenty of writeoffs in my time as owner,if you initially incorporate you can write off everything for 5 years as startup expenses and then you have business loopholes from there.I myself didn't require a large salary myself and also was union so I had contracts to contend with as well,but I made money,so did my employees,nobody starved so Rove is definitly lying as usual that's why Bush liked him so much,he was much like him!!Just look up tax write offs in small business,its helps the small business owner if he's business smart and savvy,its only your will to suceed and your drive to live the American dream that keeps you going.Don't listen to those propaganda specialists in Rove,they were never in business,all they do is create havoc,they're useless pieces to society that's all!!

    September 18, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. John Mcaluney

    CNN and Fact Check? Really? Still believe Libya killing of Mr. Stevens was caused by video?

    Still believe Obama knows how to create jobs?

    September 18, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. bobden

    Think of all the useful things that could have been done with all the money the super-pacs have spent trying to buy this election.

    September 18, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    John Mcaluney

    CNN and Fact Check? Really? Still believe Libya killing of Mr. Stevens was caused by video?

    Still believe Obama knows how to create jobs?
    Do you still believe that tax cuts for the "job creators" create jobs? A bipartisan study released today says NOT.

    September 18, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Pete

    Ancient Teaxan,your old worn out messages are falling on deaf ears bud.If you are as you say" ancient" you're on social security,Medicare, and others ..Remember if you recieve any of the government programs you yourself is part of the 47%,which I can bet you probibly are.So quit being so overly hypocritical talking about something you are so ignorent of,give back those things like SocialSecurity or Medicare if you don't want them,your ignorence speaks volumes..Romney needs you because Ryan campaigning in Wisconsin for his old congressional seat doesn't think this rides gonna last,even rats know when to bail from a burning house,obviously you don't!!

    September 18, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. CBR

    This group does not even check to see if what they are saying is true. This advertising is the worst and just reeks of dirty politics. What else could one expect from Mr. Rove. That is the way he operates all the time. Americans need to say "STOP" and make up their own minds based on factual information. Until we speak up these groups will continue to bombard us with their ads. The ones in Maine seem to use scare tactics and incorrect info and it is clear that the media will not go against this gorup.

    September 18, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |

    "Shysters" you say. I guess Willard is one of the 47%. He's been scheming the system for lord knows how long. Do the words Swiss, Luxembourg, or shell company sound "shysty" to you? It certainly does to me.

    September 18, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Tony

    Truth hurts, the trouble with conservatism is that sooner or later you run out of supporters. Especially when your candidate insults them. Do you know that 1/5 of the 47% who don't pay income tax are retired and elderly?

    September 18, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. The REAL Truth...

    @Ancient Texan – Obama's primary goal is get everyone except the "rich" included in the non-tax-paying, welfare supported, and food stamp fed group of citizens and then require the "rich to support them".
    What a goober! Those statements are as ignorant as most of your fellow red state voters. If EVERYONE except the "rich" are on welfare and food stamps, who is generating the income for the wealthy? This is simple economics 101 – that to be wealthy, the "rich" have to have a source of income. That income increases as fewer people are on welfare. The 47% number is bogus and a typical Repug sound bite used to attack the POTUS (who has nothing to do with setting up Tax Code... that's Congress)

    September 18, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Mario

    Romney and his racist comments is going to bring the entire republican party down with him. Carl Rove and other supper pac's can spend all the money they have running negative add but the damage is done and the polls show it.

    September 18, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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