While Obama and Romney went silent to honor the fallen on 9/11, Republican strategist Karl Rove launched three attack ads on 9/11.
Crossroads GPS, the conservative group founded by Karl Rove, today unleashed a fresh round of ads targeting Democratic U.S. senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine, with Kaine condemning the attack ads on the anniversary of 9/11.
“Questionable” hits Kaine for supporting last year’s debt deal, which resulted in looming defense cuts to take effect early next year if the president and Congress cannot reach a new deficit-reduction agreement.
The deal was supported by leaders from both parties, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, and Gov. Bob McDonnell, but not by Kaine’s opponent, George Allen.
The other two ads slam Kaine for cuts to K-12 education during his time as governor, with one of the ads targeting Northern Virginia specifically.
Kaine responded by saying that it was regrettable that the group had released the ads on the anniversary of 9/11.
“Both presidential campaigns rightly suspended negative ads today,” Kaine said in a statement. “It is a sad reflection of the divisiveness of our politics that outside groups like Crossroads GPS cannot set aside false partisan attacks even as our elected officials and citizens of all walks of life, political parties, and religious faiths join together to honor the dead, thank our first responders and service members, and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as a nation.”
Kaine’s campaign will respond directly to the ads tomorrow.
Posted by Wesley P. Hester at 12:02 PM on 09.11.2012
Hester, Wesley P. (Sep. 11, 2012). Crossroads GPS launches new attacks on Kaine. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved from http://politics.blogs.timesdispatch.com/2012/09/11/crossroads-gps-launches-attacks-kaine/