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Posted at 9:28 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Crossroads hits back at DCCC in same 19 districts

By Aaron Blake

The conservative group Crossroads GPS is going up with radio ads in 19 districts to defend Republicans against a new attack from Democrats.

Crossroads is going up in the exact same 19 districts where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee went up with media campaigns earlier this week.

The DCCC's campaign included radio ads and phone calls. The ads hit Republicans for pushing to cut spending on education and research, saying those cuts would cost jobs. The Crossroads ads hit back by saying the country needs those members to "stop the bailouts and government spending" so that small businesses can thrive again.

"A week after President Obama called on Congress to work together, Pelosi's gang launched negative ads attacking Sean Duffy for doing the hard work of trying to fix the budget mess she created," says one ad running the the district held by Duffy, a freshman from Wisconsin. "We stand with Sean Duffy, not Nancy Pelosi's negative politics of spend and smear."

Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) affiliated with American Crossroads, says its ad buy is much bigger than the modest one launched by the DCCC and estimates the total cost of airtime at $90,000.

It continues a popular attack line from 2010 -- tie the Democrats to the unpopular Pelosi.

Crossroads said it felt the need to answer the Democrats' message.

"In order for the center-right to achieve the policy goals we fought so hard for, we must continuously set the issues record straight about who caused the fiscal mess we're in, and what's being done by the new Congress to clean it up," said Steven Law, Crossroads' director of grassroots policy strategies. "These issue ads will go a long way toward framing the debate on taxes and government spending."

Crossroads played a major role in the Republicans' big wins in 2010, spending nearly $40 million to help GOP candidates.

Below are the 19 districts the DCCC targeted -- most of them leaning slightly towards Democrats and voting for Obama in 2008. The Crossroads ads run in the same districts today through Tuesday.

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.)
Rep. Lou Barletta (Pa.)
Rep. Charlie Bass (N.H.)
Rep. Steve Chabot (Ohio)
Rep. Chip Cravaack (Minn.)
Rep. Bob Dold (Ill.)
Rep. Sean Duffy (Wis.)
Rep. Blake Farenhold (Texas)
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (N.Y.)
Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.)
Rep. Robert Hurt (Va.)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.)
Rep. Pat Meehan (Pa.)
Rep. Dave Reichert (Wash.)
Rep. David Rivera (Fla.)
Rep. Jon Runyan (N.J.)
Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.)
Rep. Allen West (Fla.)

By Aaron Blake  | February 3, 2011; 9:28 AM ET
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