Karl Rove Groups Launch $16 Million Ad Push In Swing States

Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, speaks to members of the media before
Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, speaks to members of the media before a Walton County Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Baytowne Conference Center, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in Sandestin, Fla (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily)

Karl Rove is upping the ante. According to Politico, the Rove-founded American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are launching their biggest paid-media push of the election cycle Tuesday, with a $16 million one-week buy on TV and radio in multiple presidential swing states and Senate battlegrounds.

Of that $16 million, the super PAC American Crossroads will devote $11 million to defeating President Barack Obama, with a TV spot titled "Actually Happened" that compares the current 8.1 unemployment rate to a lower rate that the president projected earlier in his term. Viewers will see the ad in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, will spend $1 million on radio ads in those same states and an additional $4 million in Montana, North Dakota and Virginia.

"Obama's weak leadership has yielded weak results and a weaker America," Steven Law, president of American Crossroads, told Politico. "Staying on Obama's course means a weaker America every day."

Danny Kanner, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, told HuffPost, "President Obama promised to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, and he has. While there's still work to do, Karl Rove's new ad ignores reality -- businesses have created nearly 5.1 million new jobs over the past 30 months, and we've cut our deficit by $1 trillion, which is part of the President's balanced plan to reduce it by more than $4 trillion. But what Mitt Romney's promising is more huge tax cuts for multi-millionaires and billionaires that will require him to raise taxes on the middle class or explode the deficit. And independent economists have said these plans would do nothing to create jobs and could slow the recovery. The middle class just can't afford Mitt Romney's policies."


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