Crossroads rolls out new ads in home stretch of Senate battles
October 9th, 2012
10:31 AM ET
10 years ago

Crossroads rolls out new ads in home stretch of Senate battles

(CNN) - An independent, conservative group said it launched five new television ads in tight Senate races across the country on Tuesday.

Crossroads GOP spent $4 million on the ads, set to run in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin through Monday.

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In Montana, an ad hits first-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester for introducing legislation in 2011 that proposed delaying regulations to limit bank fees on businesses. The commercial argues Tester benefited from big bank donations to his campaign.

"Tester got big contributions," the ad's narrator says. "And under his plan, you'd get swiped."

Tester is defending his seat against Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg. The state's sole congressman has a narrow three point edge over Tester, according to a recent Maxon-Dixon poll released in late September.

In the North Dakota contest, Crossroads targeted former state attorney general Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat running against Rep. Rick Berg to replace retiring Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat.

The ad closely aligned Heitkamp with President Barack Obama, saying she supported the president's health care reform.

"North Dakota doesn't need an Obama rubber stamp," the ad's female narrator says.

A Mason-Dixon poll released Monday night indicates the two candidates are deadlocked in 47%-47% tie among likely voters.

In the latest round of ads, the group also went after Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, who's fighting back a challenge from GOP state treasurer Josh Mandel.

In the optometry-themed spot, the narrator blasts the Democratic senator for supporting Obama's American Jobs Act last year, a bill that failed to pass the Senate in 2011.

"Sen. Sherrod Brown's vision for Ohio jobs is out of focus," the narrator says.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released in the first week of October showed Brown with a nine-point advantage over his Republican opponent, though Mandel's team points to more recent–yet right-leaning–polls that show a narrower margin between the candidates.

Meanwhile in Virginia, Crossroads hit Tim Kaine, former governor and former Democratic National Committee chair, in the ad for supporting a 2011 bill that ultimately resulted in the impending defense cuts.

"Tim Kaine didn't put Virginia first. So, Virginia, don't put Tim Kaine in the Senate," the ad's narrator says.

Unless members of Congress reach a budget deal by the end of the year, automatic cuts will be triggered across the board, including massive cuts to the military. Virginia, with several military bases, could see a large portion of those spending decreases.

Crossroads has been criticized in the past for attacking Kaine over the potential defense cuts, as the ads do not mention that the original deal was a bipartisan agreement passed by both congressional Republicans and Democrats.

His campaign responded to the ad in a statement Tuesday.

"What 'got us here' was six years of runaway spending by George Allen and his Congressional allies that turned a huge surplus into a massive deficit," campaign spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said, referring to Kaine's opponent, also a former governor and a former U.S. senator.

The race has been in a dead heat for more than a year. An NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released last week showed Kaine with a five point advantage over Allen, a margin that falls within the sampling error.

A fifth negative ad focused on Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic candidate in the tight Wisconsin Senate battle.

"Tammy's extreme takeover of health care is too extreme for Wisconsin," the ad's female narrator says.

Baldwin is running against former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who captured the GOP nomination in a crowded primary last month.

A Marquette University poll conducted September 27-30 indicated Baldwin had a nearly-five point advantage over Thompson.

Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Montana • North Dakota • Ohio • Senate • Virginia • Wisconsin
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Crossroads is independent non-profit? ha ha ha ha haha ha ha

    So republican they pee red. Those fat cats still trying to pad the Senate and House to get their taxes reduced to 0% so they are 100% profit on our minimum wage jobs taxed at 25-30%.

    October 9, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. ghostriter

    In Montana, an ad hits first-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester for introducing legislation in 2011 that proposed delaying regulations to limit bank fees on businesses. The commercial argues Tester benefited from big bank donations to his campaign.

    Funny, I remember when republicans were against limiting fees banks charged regular customers. They said the govt should stay outta it. But they fully support limiting fees banks can charge businesses.

    Rgardless of whether or not you agree that supporting businesses means creating jobs, you must admit at some point that republicans work way harder for businesses than regular Joes.

    October 9, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Borderless

    I'm not for a Republican takeover of the Senate but if that's what it takes to get Reid out of power, then so be it.

    October 9, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. BLKMANinAmerica

    Ads for 'Cross Roads' = a new set of total LIES.

    October 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Borderless

    I really feel bad for Obama supporters. I mean the object of their affection has failed utterly. He has shown that after four years he can't defend his positions in a debate. He has broken promises. Yet they cling to him out of some sort of sad, misguided allegiance to a national brand (Democrat) and are left with only one low caliber and highly ineffective defense in their arsenal...respond to everything by calling it a lie.
    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 9, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. CBR

    The ads in Maine by Crossroads are not truthful. Even when people prove that the information in the ad is untrue the ad continues. Those behind the ads have been in the forefront of the campaigns of other Republican running for office. They have a history of producing misleading or untrue ads.

    The worst part is those making the ads know they are untrue or nasty. They have portrayed the opposition in the worst possible light. What is hard to understand is how good people who genuinely oppose a candidate do not tell the Crossroads group to stay out of their states. More importantly, the candidates do not tell them to stay away or even distance themselves from the ads. Even the presidential candidate does not tell them to stop producing these ads.

    October 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. MaryM

    Just wait Romney, you will have to pay back all those big doners like Koch Bros and Adelson, the chinese mafia and under investigation for bribery and fraud, when you lose. bye bye Romney

    October 9, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Borderless, it really must suck to be you right now. Mitt Romney is doing terribly in the swing states right now. He didn't even get so much as a one percent bounce from the debate that he lied his way through. Obama doesn't need to explain the economic comeback. America sees it anyways. I walk down the street and I see stores now open where there were vacant lots back in 2008. I hope you stock up on your pain and depressions meds because November 6 is going to be a terrible night for you.

    October 9, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |