Crossroads launches second round of fiscal cliff spots
December 11th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
10 years ago

Crossroads launches second round of fiscal cliff spots

Washington (CNN) - A top independent conservative group Tuesday launched radio spots targeting five Democratic senators in the battle over negotiations to prevent the country from falling off the fiscal cliff.

Crossroads GPS says its ads urge Senators Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia to support significant spending cuts as part of any deal. The group says it's spending $240,000 to run the radio commercials.

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"The national debt is over $16 trillion. President Obama promised a balanced plan to fix it. Instead he's demanding massive tax increases and even more debt," says the narrator in the spots.

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization of American Crossroads, the independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that backs GOP causes and candidates. The groups combined spent more than $150 million in support of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's unsuccessful White House bid in the just-concluded 2012 campaign.

Last week Crossroads GPS became the first pro-Republican independent advocacy group to go up on television with ads urging the White House to offer more spending cuts as part of any fiscal cliff deal.

Unless Congress and the president reach an agreement by the end of the year, tax rates will automatically rise for nearly all Americans and major spending cuts will automatically begin to kick in for most government spending programs, including military programs.

At issue in the negotiations is a disagreement between the two major political parties over how to best raise the federal government's revenues. The president and most congressional Democrats argue for tax rate increases on the wealthiest Americans in order to raise revenue, while most congressional Republicans call for the closing of tax loopholes and deductions, and overall tax code reform. Both parties have indicated a willingness to implement spending cuts and reform entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, although specifics over how much and where have yet to be made.

The television and radio spots from Crossroads follow a slew of TV ads by pro-Democratic groups, such as a coalition of labor unions, and AARP, that urge any deal to avert the fiscal cliff not include major cuts to the entitlement programs.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Emerson

    Croosroads GPS? Rove is road kill after the elecltion results, so it is hard to believe that there are still billionaires out there willing to throwgood money away. Don't they know about the market place and getiing results for their money?

    December 11, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Operator: "Hello, Crossroads GPS technical assistance. How may I help you?"

    Economy: "Your GPS told me to make a hard right turn and I went off of a cliff. Now what?"

    December 11, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, there you have it folks. Gallup states that most Americans want a compromise ... and while what that compromise entails was left out of the polling data ... one assumes most low and middle income Americans don't want their taxes increased.

    And, yet, here comes Karl Rove sticking to his "guns" and trying to force certain folks to bring us over the "cliff" after all. One can also safely assume he's once again attempting to protect his donors. His very, very rich donors.

    December 11, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. enuff

    Rove just can't accept the fact that he doesn't have the power to call the shots anymore. He is beginning to look extremely pathetic. Especially after his head exploded over Ohio on election night.

    December 11, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Democrats only know one thing........hand outs.

    That is their culture. Buy votes, with hand outs, and enslave the voters. That's what they DO!

    December 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. TY

    Please we as Americans must STOP this BS.......this is getting old and they can not buy us.......Rove go home and hang up your HAT.....

    December 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. v_mag

    CNN said, "A top independent conservative group..."
    Oh, gimme a break, CNN. Independent my hind foot. I'll bet you consider Fox to be a news channel, too. And the Tea Party is not just a re-grouping of the Republican fringe. And yes, there really is a Santa Claus, Virginia. If they're so "independent", why is it they only target Democrats?

    December 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. ART

    I cannot believe that after the huge democratic victory Republicans are still at a crossroads on Americas future.

    December 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. jpmichigan

    We need spending cut more than revenue . This President already has spending programs set to go. Another stimulus, more for alternative energy( even though the last 4 years was a bust)and more for social issues for those who can but won't work. This country is going down the commode fast, under this leadership. In 4 more years we will be on a even keel with most European countries. China will be #1 in manufacturing, holding a great amount of money USA owes them, plus the increased of business taken over by them in the USA. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. The media makes it look like the President is trying to compromise, but the Republicans refuse to go his way. Well that's the problem. Republican offer ideas to compromise and the Democrats refuse to acknowledge them. So I as well as other Americans will blame the Democrats for not following through on promises of bipartisanship.

    December 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    The gop is a joke and so are their super pac and Carl,pig head rove and the subversive gop lobbyist rover norquest who sells the gop votes to the highest bidder .

    December 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. rs

    Rick McDaniel-

    We have to assume somehow more larded tax cuts for the rich don't meet your definition of "handout", nor do corporate "incentives", bailouts, and subsidies.

    December 11, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Democrats only know one thing........hand outs.

    That is their culture. Buy votes, with hand outs, and enslave the voters. That's what they DO!
    Really? Mitt Romney ran on a platform of $5 trillion in tax cuts. Republicans have been running on those handouts for decades....and winning, which is probably why the right wing are such experts on the subject.

    December 11, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. judy

    maybe they should spend their money helping people find jobs. What a waste of money. republicans need to regroup and find a policy that the rest of the country will believe in. They still don't get it and the repos who think everyone wants a hand out are really stupid. They are the first to complain if they don't get what they think they should. Tired of theses good ol boys trying to run the country . Lets do away with the super pac's all together.

    December 11, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "That is their culture. Buy votes, with hand outs, and enslave the voters. That's what they DO!"

    I don't want to burst your bubble there, Rick. But, if Rove were to succeed to bring us over the cliff, I am quite certain all those Red State folks who live and breath Republican dogma (and vote Republican year after year) are going to be very unhappy campers. Especially the Red State "Republican" welfare receipients. Of which there are many. Many, many. Oh ... many.

    December 11, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Marie MD

    @rickmcdaniel, I want whatever it is you are smoking man! I am also waiting for those handouts. I guess I have to keep working. Darn it!!!
    Our family's vote was NOT bought. We,unlike you and the southern brainless, knew that the President was/is the man to continue what he started. My husband is a republican who hasn't voted republican since before 2000!!! He does love to stick it to the rethugs and mess up their poll numbers. We voted early. He just didn't vote for the bulky bishop. 🙂
    Get over it! Your party is a dinasour cult and if anyone was trying to buy or keep people from voting it was your rethugs!
    I take it that fat boy rove didn't learn a thing about November 6th and how utterly stu pid he looked sitting there saying
    that the twit had bought, pardon me, was going to win Ohio while the numbers kept ticking up for the President. Right in front of his eyes knowing full well that the districts left in Ohio would NOT vote reug.

    December 11, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. WB

    I thought Crossroads spontaneously combusted live on the air on Nov. 6, 2012.

    December 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. rs

    Simpletons like yourself, the apologists for the rich somehow can't figure that cutting federal spending will slow the economy (see what is happening in Europe), and that giving the rich tax cuts they don't need does absolutely nothing for the economy. Their tax rates are already the lowest in 60 years. What about all those federal employees you'd lay off? Think that won't affect the economy?

    Look, we understand in your delusion you feel like the GOP should have won, and want to wreck the economy. Grow-up. The rest of us would like to make America and Americans better off, not tear it down in some hissy fit of hate for the majority.

    December 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. NameChi

    It's so Funny how republucans say democrats only want to give handouts when they are the ones with their hands out, the poorest states are Red states and on taking the most in government handouts,foodstamps,medicaid etc..

    December 11, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. alien

    Hey ricky d. What about corporate handouts, these total more than public handouts eh?

    December 11, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Kelby in Houston, TX

    CROSSROADS?!? Isn't that Karl Rove's organization created to buy elections??? We should do the opposite of whatever he wants to do.
    how is it that republican policies can in-arguably ruin a nation and the people of that nation STILL listen to them or give them in tenuous bit of power

    December 11, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. rs

    What is also funny about the GOP is they fail to see how the anti-worker environment they foster causes more and more workers to need food stamps, and those social saftey net programs they hate so much. By encouraging the destruction of retirement programs, and livable wages, they are making the middle class extinct so companies like WalMart can profit.

    Each and every day proves that the GOP hates most Americans (pretty much as Romney laid out)- it is a miracle that anyone but the super rich support these leeches.

    December 11, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    Democrats only know one thing........hand outs.
    You know only one thing.....repeat what you've been told.

    December 11, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Karl Rove tactics has failed and angry right-wing billionaire’s money couldn’t buy the election, While Obama was giving victory speech, voters in Florida voting for Obama

    Time for Karl Rove to step side let us see some fresh faces in GOP

    December 11, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. NickAnast


    "The media makes it look like the President is trying to compromise, but the Republicans refuse to go his way. Well that's the problem. Republican offer ideas to compromise and the Democrats refuse to acknowledge them."

    FACT: The President IS trying to compromise. It really is the GOP who want everything their way. Before the election, John Boehner was offering $950 billion in "revenue increases" (although he refused to specify where they would come from), but now he is only offering $800 billion. And he refuses to budge on higher tax rates for millionaires. And he refuses to budge on cuts in military spending. And he continues to insist that Social Security and Medicare benefits be cut. And he continues to ignore the will of the American people. If we do go over the cliff, it will solely be the fault of Boehner and the GOP. The President and the Democrats caved in once beofre, in 2010. They won't make that mistake again, because the American people do not want them to.

    December 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. MeapersoninUS

    So I gather they (Crossroads) want to eliminate all Corporate welfare as well correct?

    December 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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