RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A conservative group has begun a two-week run of ads across Virginia accusing Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine of selling out Virginia to advance President Barack Obama's priorities in Washington.
American Crossroads, an independent group guided by GOP strategist Karl Rove that doesn't disclose its corporate donors, is paying $1.6 million for the 30-second ad that knits together disconnected, out-of-context patchwork of Kaine sound bites.
The ad accurately notes Kaine's close relationship with Obama and speeches and national television appearances he made as chairman of the Democratic National Committee to support the president's initiatives.
It also notes more than 65,000 new unemployment claims while Kaine doubled as governor and DNC chairman, but it neglects the role a crippling recession born under Republican President George W. Bush played in creating them.
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