A conservative super PAC co-founded by Republican political strategist Karl Rove is picking apart Democratic Senate candidates across five states in a series of ads portraying them as clones of President Barack Obama and liberals out of step with the country.
The Crossroads GPS group is spending $1.8 million on the 30-second spots targeting Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Tim Kaine in Virginia, Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Sen. Ben Nelson in Nebraska, and Sen. Jon Tester in Montana. They will run repeatedly over the next two weeks, according a statement from Crossroads
The ads accuse the five of supporting Obama on a variety of issues ranging from the economic stimulus and the Wall Street bailouts to government regulations. The ad running against Warren, the top Democratic candidate in the Senate race in Massachusetts, is the toughest:
The anti-Warren ad depicts the Harvard professor and consumer advocate as the creator of the Occupy protest movement and accuses demonstrators of engaging in violence to make their point.
“Instead of focusing on jobs, Elizabeth Warren sides with extreme left protests,” a woman’s voice says, as sirens wail in the background and shots of protesters roll across the screen. “At Occupy Wall Street, protesters attack police, do drugs, and trash public parks. They support the radical redistribution of wealth and . . . violence.”
In the Virginia ad targeting Kaine, the former Democratic governor is described as Obama’s “partisan cheerleader” who applauds everything the president does. It also attacks Kaine’s record as governor from 2006 through 2010.
“Tim Kaine’s reckless spending turned a budget surplus into a big deficit,” according to the ad. “Reckless spending, massive debt — no wonder Tim Kaine applauds Obama.”
Crossroads President Steven Law said the ads are designed to “alert citizens to the big-government views of these politicians and turn up the heat for legislative action that helps America’s job creators instead of Washington bureaucrats.”
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