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Two polls show Nelson well ahead of Mack

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by John Kennedy

While Republican Connie Mack IV made his way by bus across the northern half of Florida, he was dogged Tuesday by more bad poll numbers.

The Washington Post and Public Policy Polling both released surveys showing Mack well behind Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who is running a low visibility re-election campaign. The Post showed Mack 14 percentage points back, while PPP had him down by 9 percent — slightly worse than where he stood three weeks ago.

“Nelson’s still not popular,” PPP concluded. “Only 34% of voters approve of him to 41% who disapprove. But he lucked out with an extremely weak opponent. Only 30% of voters have a favorable opinion of Mack to 44% with a negative one.”

Mack has been out to improve those negatives. On Tuesday, he campaigned in Orlando, where he was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, and in Lakeland.

Meanwhile, American Crossroads, the superpac formed by former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove, is airing a new TV spot in Florida blasting Nelson for supporting the federal health care overhaul.


Nelson begins airing pre-primary ads

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by John Kennedy

After weeks of getting slammed on Florida TV in opposition ads, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will begin airing his own ‘getting-to-know-you’ spots Thursday across the state — in advance of the Aug. 14 primary.

Nelson’s campaign said the two-term Democrat has been on the receiving end of more than $10 million in critical advertising this summer, the bulk of it coming from Crossroads GPS, the political commitee allied with Karl Rove, the former adviser to President George W. Bush.

“It’s time the people of Florida started getting the truth,” said Nelson Campaign Manager Pete Mitchell. The campaign declined to elaborate on other details of the ad buy.

Nelson’s 30-second spot includes some fuzzy black-and-white photos from the lawmaker’s boyhood before segueing into his support for environmental issues, Medicare and education. It concludes with “Bill Nelson, Fighting for Florida.  Always has.  Always will.”

Nelson, who has held office in Florida almost continuously the past 40 years, faces self-styled opponent Glenn Burkett, a health care consultant, in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary. Nelson has $10 million cash-on-hand for his re-election campaign and the ad buy is likely a defensive move to remind supporters to come out for him in what is certain to be a low-turnout summer primary.

Plenty more ads will air this fall, when Nelson is expected to face Republican Connie Mack in one of the nation’s most-watched Senate races. Mack is looking to link Nelson with Obama as a pair of “lockstep liberals.” The Democratic senator is cautious about engaging Mack — yet.

Indeed, even with a no-sweat primary currently facing him, Nelson has been wary of saying too much.

Asked recently by the Palm Beach Post if his pre-Aug. 14 strategy would include a round of statewide television advertising to reintroduce himself to voters, Nelson ducked. “That’s campaign strategy, and I can’t telegraph that to you or my opponent,” Nelson said.

Crossroads GPS launches $6.5 million anti-Obama ads in Florida

Friday, July 6th, 2012 by Dara Kam

A political group founded by Karl Rove is spending $6.5 million to flood Florida airwaves with a TV ad blasting President Obama over the national debt.

Crossroads GPS, started by Rove and other former advisors to President George W. Bush, will launch the commercial, titled “Excuses,” in Florida on July 10, the group announced today. The ads will also run in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, and are part of a $25 million national blitz between now and August.

Crossroads ad looks to get Dems in crossfire

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 by John Kennedy

The West Palm Beach TV market is one of the locations for a new ad by Republican-allied Crossroads GPS that looks to drive a wedge between President Obama and former President Clinton.

The spot, titled Two Presidents, begins airing today across Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania as part of a $2.6 million buy. Crossroads was formed by Republican strategist Karl Rove and former GOP national chairman Ed Gillespie. It was the biggest outside spender in the 2010 election and plans to pour $240 million into next year’s campaigns against Obama and congressional Democrats.

 President Obama has launched a tax attack on American jobs that hits Main Street businesses, home mortgages, school and road repair funds and even charities,” said Crossroads GPS president and CEO Steven Law. “Former President Clinton and bipartisan majorities in Congress agree that Obama’s tax hikes won’t solve the problem.  The ad aims to get Obama to stop attacking and start listening.”

 Here’s the ad:

UPDATE:  Clinton has come back with a statement:

“The Republican Group American Crossroads has used a quote from me in a video opposing President Obama’s jobs plan and the “Buffett Rule.”  The advertisement implies that I opposed the “Buffett Rule”.  In fact, I support both the American Jobs Act and the “Buffett Rule”.  I believe that it’s only fair to ask those of us in high-income groups — who have received the primary benefits of the last decade’s economic growth and the majority of its tax cuts as well — to contribute to solving our long term debt problem.  What I did say was that the “Buffett Rule” cannot solve the problem alone.”



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