Tue September 18, 2012
Group Launches Anti-Baldwin Ad
A group co-founded by former Bush aide Karl Rove has started running a statewide television commercial attacking Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin.
The ad begins with Representative Baldwin speaking at a Wisconsin rally saying, "You're damn right we're making a difference"
The ad is part of a nearly $1 million advertising buy done by Crossroads GPS, a Washington DC advocacy group co-founded by conservative activist Karl Rove. Crossroads says Rove is an unpaid advisor.
As far as the claim that Baldwin is out of touch with Wisconsin, Crossroads spokesperson Nate Hodson points to Baldwin's support for going beyond the Affordable Care Act, "I think Baldwin says Obamacare doesn't go far enough."
Hodson also says Baldwin wants bigger government and advocates extreme politics.
Baldwin’s campaign says the federal health care law is not a government takeover of medicine. The campaign says big moneyed special interests are behind the ad, and are trying to prop up republican candidate Tommy Thompson.
Baldwin says she has not seen the commercial, but laments a Supreme Court ruling that has allowed outside groups to pour more money into attack ads. "All of this reminds me to fight back after Citizens United."
The new ad attacking Baldwin will air for about a week.