Karl Rove-linked group launches new hit against Boxer

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A conservative group with ties to former Bush adviser Karl Rove announced Wednesday they have Barbara Boxer in their sites.

The Crossroads GPS, announced they would hit the airwaves with a new “issue ad” focused on Boxer and her support for cuts to Medicare that were part of President Obama’s health-care overhaul.


Crossroads said ads will run in Los Angeles, beginning Wednesday, for one week. The group says it spent $1 million to buy the TV airtime.

Crossroads GPS and its affiliate, American Crossroads, both receive advice and fundraising support from Rove. During a campaign stop at a beachfront cafe in Santa Monica Wednesday, Boxer said the group’s interest in her race was evidence that a Fiorina win would mean a return to the policies of George W. Bush.

“I want you to understand my opponent is supported by Karl Rove, by Sarah Palin. I’m supported by President Obama and Sen. Feinstein and all of you,” Boxer said. “So we are up against the special interests, and we’re going to win this race.”

Fiorina has repeatedly called for the repeal of the Obama health-care plan.

“Barbara Boxer still doesn’t get that Californians never supported raiding Medicare to bankroll the budget-busting Obama health care law,” said Crossroads GPS spokesman Jonathan Collegio. “Rather than fix the problem, Boxer sided with Washington special interests and party power-brokers to raid Medicare in order to finance their liberal big government experiment.”

Crossroads GPS has focused on electing Republican candidates across the country. In addition to their new efforts aimed at Boxer, they have taken ads to boost Republican Senate candidates in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Missouri and Colorado.

--Maeve Reston and Anthony York