The well-funded Republican-affiliated advocacy group Crossroads GPS went on offense across the nation today and will spend nearly $1.1 million over the next two weeks attacking Democratic Senate candidates, including presumptive Massachusetts Senate nominee Elizabeth Warren and Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.).
“Barack Obama is focusing his ire on Congress — but the real culprit of bad policy, job loss and mounting debt is his own liberal-run U.S. Senate,” Crossroads GPS President Steven Law said in a statement. “President Obama and his liberal allies in the Senate have failed to create jobs, and instead created mounds of new debt and red tape, and these ads are designed to shed light on what’s really going on in Washington.”
In the Show-Me State, the group is spending $250,000 to remind Missourians of the ties between McCaskill and President Barack Obama.
The new TV ad, which will begin airing today in the St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia-Jefferson City markets, ties McCaskill, Obama and the growing national debt.
“Fourteen thousand dollars,” a male narrator intones in the ad. “Under President Obama and Sen. Claire McCaskill, that’s what every man, woman and child in America owes in new government debt.”
McCaskill, one of the most politically vulnerable Senators, will face the winner of a contentious GOP primary among Rep. Todd Akin, businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman. Roll Call rates the Senate race a Tossup.
The ad in the Bay State hits Warren for her role in providing oversight of the government’s bailout of the financial system. The ad in Nebraska, a particularly potent spot, slams Nelson for his vote in favor of Obama’s health care law. The Montana ad knocks Tester for his votes in favor of the stimulus and health care.
Crossroads GPS has already spent almost $20 million on what the group calls “issue advocacy,” already cementing its place in the off-year as a huge political force on the national stage.