Crossroads GPS Working Overtime Against Kaine
Updated at 8:36 p.m.
Crossroads GPS is up with a new Senate ad blitz today, as we reported this morning. But while they launched one new ad hitting Shelley Berkley in Nevada and another attacking Sherrod Brown in Ohio, there are notably three different commercials going after Tim Kaine in Virginia.
It's not news that the ultra-close Senate race in Virginia is a priority for Crossroads -- the group has been attacking Kaine for months. But it's not the norm for the group to run more than one ad simultaneously in a Senate race, suggesting they haven't settled on a message against Kaine.
One Virginia Democrat said that GOP super PACs have spent over $10 million hitting Kaine over the course of the race, and the effort hasn't moved the former governor's numbers. The Democrat said the multiple-ad approach "smacks a little bit of desperation," and showed the groups "continuing to try to throw the kitchen sink at Kaine."
Two of the three ads are very similar, with just a geographic distinction: Both hit Kaine on making funding cuts to education, but one says the cuts hit Northern Virginia "hardest" and the other says Kaine's last budget "cut millions from public schools, hitting our children hardest." But the third ad takes a different tack, saying Kaine "supported a Washington budget deal that would devastate America's defense and Virginia jobs."