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NEW YORK

Group launches $20M campaign against Obama

NEW YORK — A Republican-leaning independent fundraising group announced Friday it would launch a $20 million television campaign criticizing President Obama’s handling of the economy.

The ads, produced and financed by Crossroads GPS, will begin running Monday in 10 states, many of which are presidential battlegrounds.


Spokesman Jonathan Collegio said the group would spend $5 million initially on cable television nationwide and on broadcast TV in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada and Virginia. Crossroads will spend a total of $20 million on the campaign over two months, Mr. Collegio said.

The 30-second ad illustrates how unemployment, the national debt and gas prices have all gone up since Mr. Obama took office in January 2009. It also suggests the $850 billion federal stimulus plan failed, with Mr. Obama acknowledging there weren’t as many “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects to fund with stimulus dollars as the administration had originally hoped.

“It’s time to take away Obama’s blank check,” the announcer says.

The campaign represents Crossroads’ first major national effort to shape the political debate in Washington. Crossroads GPS is an affiliate of American Crossroads, a Republican-leaning group with ties to Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s former top political adviser. Together, the groups spent more than $38 million to defeat Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.

WHITE HOUSE

Officials confirm mistake during ‘Honor’ speech

The White House is confirming that President Obama misspoke about a Medal of Honor winner coming home alive during comments at Fort Drum in upstate New York.

Addressing soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division on Thursday, Mr. Obama said one of their comrades was the first person he had awarded the Medal of Honor who wasn’t receiving it posthumously. In fact, the soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, was killed in action.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president misspoke. He noted that Mr. Obama paid tribute to Monti in remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010. But Salvatore Giunta was the first living recipient of the medal among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Mr. Earnest wouldn’t confirm an ABC report that Mr. Obama had called Monti’s family and apologized.

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