Ad War Update

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 10 2012 @ 8:10pm

Today in outside spending, the American Future Fund targeted Obama with the scary numbers in the above web ad, and Karl Rove's Super non-profit PAC Crossroads GPS put $2.5 million behind three TV ads going after Democratic candidates in Montana, Ohio and Virginia. The ads mostly retread old attack lines with various misleading statements about ants and office upgrades, senior's Medicare and cap-and-trade, along with some new Obamacare tax increase rhetoric. Here's the one about ants:

Meanwhile, looked at the Obama ad hitting Romney for his stance on women's issues, confirming that Romney does indeed want to overturn Roe vs. Wade and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. However, the ad's claim that Romney opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or health risk to the mother is false:

As we have written in the past, there’s no question that Romney’s position on abortion has changed during his political career — most dramatically since his run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts in 1994. But his position opposing abortion — including the exceptions he makes in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother — has remained consistent during both his 2008 and 2012 runs for president.

Elsewhere, the Emily's List Super PAC went after two potential GOP challengers to Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and two other Democratic Super PACs targeted Republicans in Nevada and North Dakota over Medicare, including a $200K-backed ad from the group Patriot Majority against Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), seen below:

Lastly, the RNC teased an attack on Obama-as-outsourcer, part of a larger GOP strategy:

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