Crossroads Hits Democratic Senators With New Ads

Crossroads Hits Democratic Senators With New Ads

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - July 26, 2011

Crossroads GPS took to the airwaves Tuesday with new ads hitting five Democratic senators over government spending and the frail economy.

The televised spots, accompanied by Internet advertising, are the fourth installment of the conservative advocacy group's $20 million summer push. The new ads -- which target Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida and Jon Tester of Montana -- will run in those five battleground states through Aug. 6. They cost $1.6 million, according to a statement by the group.

Each ad features people who appear to be "local constituents" bemoaning high food and gas prices, diminishing home values, high unemployment and the difficulty of saving for retirement. They accuse their senators of supporting "billions in new taxes" and "trillions in debt," criticize President Obama for wanting to raise taxes "even higher" and urge fellow constituents to tell their senator, "No more blank checks."

The "blank check" thread has been woven through Crossroad's summer-long ad series. Earlier this month, the group released similar spots attacking 10 vulnerable House Democrats for backing the president's stimulus bill or for supporting an increase in the government's borrowing limit.

Democratic officials shot back Tuesday at the Crossroads release.

"All the attack ads in the world won't change the fact that it's Republicans who have stood in the way of job creation efforts, Republicans who have pushed forward reckless economic plans that would end Medicare, and Republicans who have proposed an economic agenda that would cost almost a million jobs," said Matt Canter, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "That's fine that Crossroads wants to waste its money on meaningless, misleading ads, but the fact that Republicans are wasting taxpayer money by protecting loopholes for big oil companies and corporate jets, and more giveaways for the wealthy -- that is what will matter next year for voters."

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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