WASHINGTON – Two organizations friendly to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have launched a multi-million dollar ad buy that will begin airing in Colorado this month.
Crossroads GPS, a 501 c(4) organization affiliated with former Bush presidential adviser Karl Rove, bought $1.8 million worth of air time for a commercial that will run in the Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction media markets, said spokesman Nate Hodson.
The group’s ad “Excuses” criticizes President Obama for providing more explanations for the nation’s stubbornly high jobless rate than solutions and urges viewers and listeners to tell him to reduce federal spending. The ad appears below.
“Coloradans are hungering for practical solutions to our skyrocketing debt and flat-lined economy, and that’s what we are putting forward in our New Majority Agenda.” Steven Law, President of Crossroads GPS, said in a statement. The group’s sister organization is American Crossroads, a 527 super PAC.
Restore Our Future, a 527 organization headed by former Romney aides, will run an ad in Colorado during the 2012 Olympics July 31 through August 9. The group has not revealed the contents of the ad and a spokesman did not return calls about the amount of the purchase.
Colorado is one of nine swing states where Crossroads GPS’ ad will air. The other states are Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
Of the nine battlegrounds that Crossroads GPS has targeted, Colorado will receive the second smallest dollar figure. Only Nevada at $1.3 million will receive a smaller amount. Crossroads GPS also spent $900,000 for a commercial that ran in Colorado for four weeks in mid-May and early June.
With its nine electoral votes, Colorado is considered a pivotal swing state this fall. President Obama holds a 3-point lead over Romney, 47-44, according to RealClearPolitics’ summary of polls in the state.