WASHINGTON -- Forget any summer lull before the conventions. Voters in battleground states will be swamped with campaign television ads in coming weeks, as was evident Friday when conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS announced it would spend $25 million in the next month on spots hitting President Obama on the economy.
The commercials – technically “issue ads,” because they do not explicitly call for Obama’s defeat – will air Monday through early August in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.
“Barack Obama has got lots of excuses for the bad economy,” says a female narrator in the first ad of the series, which shows people standing in an unemployment line. The ad then strings together clips of Obama saying, “Headwinds coming from Europe. We’ve had a string of bad luck. An earthquake in Japan. An Arab Spring.”
“But Obama never blames Washington’s wild spending and skyrocketing debt. Tell Obama: for real job growth, cut the debt.”
The $25-million buy is the latest massive ad campaign by Crossroads GPS, a tax-exempt 501(c)4 organization co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove. The group dropped $25 million on another four-week ad blitz just in May.