Ad Watch: Karl Rove’s PAC hits Bera with generic TV ad

09/01/2014 12:00 AM

09/01/2014 12:20 AM

Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-affiliated outside group, has added a second TV ad into the rotation that takes on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove. The ad, nearly identical to a spot running in San Diego against fellow freshman Rep. Scott Peters, faults the congressman for presiding over a spiraling national debt and for refusing to back a GOP-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Bera’s opponent in the suburban Sacramento County district is Republican Doug Ose, a former three-term congressman who is not mentioned in the ad.

Here’s the text, followed by an analysis prepared by Christopher Cadelago of The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau:

Narrator: “Our national debt is out of control. Washington’s wasteful spending. $17 trillion and climbing. The national debt has increased more than $1 trillion since Congressman Ami Bera has been in office. Bera has voted again and again to let the debt increase. And voted against reining in Washington’s wasteful spending. And Bera voted to keep Obamacare, which will cost taxpayers $2 trillion. Tell Ami Bera, ‘Pass the Balanced Budget Accountability Act. Stop wasting our money.’ ”

Analysis: It’s true that the national debt, including debt held by the public and intragovernmental holdings, totals well over $17 trillion, and that the debt has increased more than $1 trillion since Bera took office and served in the Republican-led House.

Indeed, Bera voted to allow the debt to grow to avoid a government default. But Ose, in his previous stint in Congress, also voted twice to raise the debt limit.

The ad selectively cites the estimated price tag of the federal health care law but fails to mention that the total overhaul, after revenue and other changes are taken into account, is projected to reduce federal deficits.

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